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The Politics of Promotion: How High-Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead

The Politics of Promotion: How High-Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead

Bonnie Marcus

ISBN: 978-1-118-99746-8

Mar 2015, Jossey-Bass

256 pages



Break into the power circle and build relationships that advance careers

The Politics of Promotion offers women the tools and guidance they need to successfully navigate the realities of their organization, emphasizing the need to understand office politics to get the promotions and recognition they deserve. Written by Bonnie Marcus, a professional coach who focuses on helping women advance their careers, this book demonstrates the impact of relationships and sponsorship on career trajectory. Readers will learn why excellence and achievement aren't propulsion enough to get ahead, and how networking with power and intention can make all the difference in perception, reputation, and promotion. Far beyond the typical advice of "be assertive" and "embrace ambition," this book provides a unique and proven method for becoming a bigger player in the workplace and avoiding unexpected trip-ups that can add years to the climb—or end it for good.

Many women focus on performance, thinking that good work garners promotion. Too often, they're left outside of the circles of power and influence where decisions are made that affect their careers. The Politics of Promotion provides a framework for breaking into that circle, and taking control of one's own career path, specifically showing how to:

  • Navigate office politics successfully
  • Build and nurture key relationships
  • Get comfortable with self-promotion
  • Avoid potentially disastrous "blindsides"

Women who want to advance cannot afford to view politics as "dirty." It's the reality of the workplace, one that differs between organizations and fluctuates over time. Although being savvy about office politics is important for both genders, unconscious bias and stereotypes create special challenges for women. Learning to navigate these complex rules and customs is the key to professional recognition for women, fostering relationships that reach far beyond the next evaluation. Women looking to get ahead will find that the insights in The Politics of Promotion can help smooth the way.

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Introduction xi

1 Politics in the Workplace: How It Works and How Women Fit into It 1

2 The Mirror: Your Tool for Savvy Self-Promotion 39

3 The Magnifying Glass: Observing Workplace Dynamics 67

4 The Pass Go and Collect $200 Card: Strategic Networking 101

5 The Get Out of Jail Free Card: Sponsorship 133

6 The GPS: Executive Coaching 153

7 Staying Ahead 187

8 Moving Forward: Are You Ready? 207

Notes 217

Acknowledgments 223

About the Author 225

Index 227