It's the most wonderful time of the year -- unless you happen to be working for an employer with a Scrooge-like heart and disdain for holiday pay. You just might find yourself working Christmas without so much as an extra candy cane to show for it.
When it comes to promotions, the old cliché rings especially true: knowledge really is power. The more you know — not just about the organization, but about yourself — the better equipped you are to lead. Hit the ground learning, not running.