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Could You Be Promoted After Three Days?

If the talk around the water cooler hints at a new role opening up in your department, how would you position yourself as the best candidate?

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Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah
Photo Credit: Comedy Central

On Monday, Comedy Central announced comedian Trevor Noah will take over the reins of The Daily Show from Jon Stewart later this year. Noah has only appeared three times as a contributor on the show — quite the fast-track to the host chair.

While your promotion may not take place after just three days on the job, here are two takeaways from Noah’s rise to the top.

Work the crowd. Develop a rapport with colleagues at all levels to ease transitions into new roles. Noah quickly became a favorite of the Daily Show team, despite only debuting on the show in December.

Showcase your potential. Share your expertise with team members and offer to tackle new projects with innovative ideas. Noah caught the attention of Daily Show staffers for his ‘international’ comedic voice — a product of his unique upbringing and world travels.

What new skills and perspective would you bring to your team if you received a promotion?
Who would you have picked to replace Jon Stewart?

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