She was your boss, your biggest fan, or the person at work who knew everyone. She had power and enjoyed using it to make sure you got good reviews or the better projects. Now she’s told you about the promotion and new position she’s taking. Be happy for her, go with her if you can, but pick your head up fast and strategize because your career happiness may be coming to an end.
It seems like we should know this, but in midst of good luck toasts at cocktail hour, we think that the good feeling will last. The truth is everyone needs an advocate, a support base at work from which to spring. So if the person who hired you, writes your reviews, looks out for you, or just plain says great things about you to the upper echelon leaves, you either need to find another advocate or another job. This is also the case if someone you’ve worked closely with is experiencing “power drain”, going from high sales figures, for example, to the brunt of his peers jokes.
Take stock to stay out of the crosshairs, or worse yet, the cubicle at the end of hall no one can find. You have options. Know why you “rock” and convince the next rising star or long-term insider that you’ll make them look good. The result could be that you’re the first person off the blocks positioned just right for the next wave.