In a nutshell: the CEO of my company keeps on praising me and has been expressing intention of giving me more responsibility in the company, for some time now (ca. 1 year). These have not materialized so far. How can I try and sound out if there is anything material behind these declarations?
I have been working at my current company for around 3-4 years. I have been doing very well (as measured by fairly objective measures), and receiving good feedback. The CEO of the company (who is not my direct manager) keeps on saying nice things about my work and makes claims - in one-on-one conversations only - that he wishes that I take on more responsibility. However, I have been hearing this for some time now - at least 1 year - and so far this did not translate into anything at all. Sometimes the CEO would mention that 'he needs to convince others' of his plans, or that perhaps 'I still need to have more experience'. I mostly enjoy the workplace, but if I'll be stuck in my current role for a while, I probably want to look for another job. This is not about mostly about pay, by the way - rather about the scope for doing more interesting work.
Can you recommend a constructive way to address these issues? I am not keen to be confrontational, since my industry is relatively small (pharma research), even if this was otherwise an efficient way of going around this.