The Unwritten Rules: The Six Skills You Need to Get Promoted to the Executive Level

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As predictable career paths have become extinct in mostorganizations, managers aspiring to the C-suite are often left totheir own devices to determine how to advance their careers. Evenin companies that devote considerable time to talent development,the messages to aspiring executives are often vague andcontradictory. In some cases, your boss may find it hard toarticulate what is holding you—an otherwise top-performingmanager—back from advancement. In other cases, the issuesaffecting your ability to move up the ...

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Overview

As predictable career paths have become extinct in mostorganizations, managers aspiring to the C-suite are often left totheir own devices to determine how to advance their careers. Evenin companies that devote considerable time to talent development,the messages to aspiring executives are often vague andcontradictory. In some cases, your boss may find it hard toarticulate what is holding you—an otherwise top-performingmanager—back from advancement. In other cases, the issuesaffecting your ability to move up the ladder have been identifiedby your superiors, who hesitate to provide feedback for fear ofde-motivating a valued manager the company doesn't want tolose.

What you need is real guidance on what the make-or-break issuesare when it comes to your career success.

In The Unwritten Rules, top executive coach John Beeson de-codesthe leadership criteria—the unwritten rules—thatcompanies use to make decisions about who gets promoted and whosecareers become stalled. He identifies and describes the sixselection factors you must develop to lead effectively at theexecutive level:

  • Demonstrating strategic skills
  • Building a strong management team
  • Managing implementation
  • Exhibiting a capacity for innovation and change
  • Working across organizational boundaries
  • Projecting executive presence

This practical and insightful book covers the capabilitiesnecessary to be considered a candidate, the characteristics thatprevent someone from becoming a serious candidate, and thosecapabilities that—after all discussions are over—are mostcritical in decisions about who advances to the executive level.Drawing on years of practical experience and interviews with seniorexecutives, Beeson shows how to demonstrate convincingly to C-suitedecision makers that you have what it takes to make it to thetop.

Filled with the stories of managers who successfully climbed upthe executive ladder and others who struggled and failed to achievetheir career goals, The Unwritten Rules provides the insight youneed to sharpen the leadership capabilities that will trulymaximize your chances of getting to the next level.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470585788
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 729,582
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Beeson is principal of Beeson Consulting, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in succession planning and top talent development, executive assessment and executive coaching, and organization design and change. His articles on succession planning and talent development have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Across the Board, and Business Horizons.

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Table of Contents

1 Deciphering the Code.

2 The Feedback That Really Counts.

3 Factor 1: Demonstrating Strategic Skills.

4 Factor 2: Building a Strong Management Team.

5 Factor 3: Managing Implementation.

6 Factor 4: Exhibiting the Capacity for Innovation andChange.

7 Factor 5: Working Across Organizational Boundaries.

8 Factor 6: Projecting Executive Presence.

9 Career Development Strategies.

10 Navigating Career Dilemmas.

11 A Final Challenge to You—and Your Organization.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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