By Anonymous - 25/08/2015 05:51 - United States - Waco
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In other words, your boss knows you would fast track to his position and he is afraid you would surpass him
Unfortunately, being good at a job is no indicator of being good at management / higher positions. This is often why people get saddled with crappy, god-awful bosses. Their bosses were once good at their jobs, and then they got promoted. And they were not good at their new job, being a boss.
There's a name for that; the peter principle. People are promoted based on their performance in their current role, and continue to rise until they reach a role they are unsuited for, which they remain at. Leaving all the management roles stocked with people who are incompetent at them. Perhaps OP's manager believes in this idea. This could be the polite way of telling OP that they are good at their current job, but the manager thinks they are unsuitable for the next position.
never going to happen, can't afford to quit and if his boss knew he was looking for another he would get fired. I feel his pain, been thre myself recently. My feiend had to get promoted to another dept, I had to tell my boss I was only putting in 25%, and wait for the next opening my friend could hire me for!
Time to start searching for another job maybe, if he won't promote you there's no point not looking for somewhere you can progress further
Plus, if op really is that valuable to the boss in that specific job, than there's a chance that when op goes to quit he'll be offered more money to stay. Either way, it's best if op leaves, either he'll leave and find a job where he can go further and get paid more, or his leaving will make his current boss realize how valuable op is and he'll realize op needs to be paid what he's worth.
Hard work eventually pays off OP. Maybe just not work where you are at now, but if your aditude is set straight, then you will suceed in most things.