Help! Advice for getting passed over on a promotion
I've been at a fast-growing start-up for just over a year and I've grown both my role as well as inventing the role of one of my coworkers. Recently, my boss asked me to look up job descriptions to help shape my plan for this upcoming year. I send over two Director-level roles and candidly told him those are what I am aspiring to growing into. I've been a Senior Manager for over 3 years, previously I had a Director title after being with a company for over 5 years and getting promoted progressively.
Today I was informed by my boss that he (director) and our most senior leader (CMO) decided they will hire a director-level external candidate and move me to be on that person's team to continue to grow the function.
WTF!!!?? I'm so upset this is not being offered to me, yet, I for some reason agreed with my boss that bringing in someone with more experience is something I can get onboard with.
Now what?! Do I ask why I wasn't chosen? Do I tell my boss I want to be considered knowing I wasn't chosen? Do I let it grow and ride this wave and see where I land?
That last option seems the most reasonable but it's gnawing at me that it feels the most "out of my control" and I'm worried I'm giving in and not fighting for myself...