Future CEOs, listen up! If you’re determined to climb the corporate ladder, here are a few ways you can speed things up:

#1: Get to know your boss. Andy Teach is the author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder. And he says that understanding what makes your boss tick can help you find the most effective ways to communicate. For example, if your boss is family-oriented, you won’t score points by interrupting their vacation for a minor emergency. But if they’re a micromanager, they’d probably be upset if you left them out of the loop.

Another way to climb the corporate ladder faster: Keep your promises. Management consultant James Murphy says the most important thing you can do as an employee is to follow through on all your commitments. In other words, do what you say you’ll do – and always meet your deadline. But that also means being realistic about what you can accomplish. 

Finally: Focus on solutions. Executive coach Daneen Skube says that you should come up with a possible solution before you point out a problem. Even if your boss doesn’t like the solution you came up with – at least she’ll see you as someone who tries to fix things instead of the person who only brings them problems.