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

by Bonnie Marcus


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

Break into the power circle and build relationships that advancecareers

The Politics of Promotion offers women the tools andguidance they need to successfully navigate the realities of theirorganization, emphasizing the need to understand office politics toget the promotions and recognition they deserve. Written by BonnieMarcus, a professional coach who focuses on helping women advancetheir careers, this book demonstrates the impact of relationshipsand sponsorship on career trajectory. Readers will learn whyexcellence and achievement aren't propulsion enough to get ahead,and how networking with power and intention can make all thedifference in perception, reputation, and promotion. Far beyond thetypical advice of "be assertive" and "embrace ambition," this bookprovides a unique and proven method for becoming a bigger player inthe workplace and avoiding unexpected trip-ups that can add yearsto the climb—or end it for good.

Many women focus on performance, thinking that good work garnerspromotion. Too often, they're left outside of the circles of powerand influence where decisions are made that affect their careers.The Politics of Promotion provides a framework for breakinginto 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 differsbetween organizations and fluctuates over time. Although beingsavvy about office politics is important for both genders,unconscious bias and stereotypes create special challenges forwomen. Learning to navigate these complex rules and customs is thekey to professional recognition for women, fostering relationshipsthat reach far beyond the next evaluation. Women looking to getahead will find that the insights in The Politics ofPromotion can help smooth the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118997420
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/16/2015
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 763,663
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

BONNIE MARCUS is founder and president of Women's Success Coaching, a company that assists professional women in successfully navigating the workplace and advancing their careers. honored Women's Success Coaching three years in a row as one of the Top 100 websites for Professional Women. Bonnie started her own corporate career at an entry-level position and worked her way up to the top of a national company. As an award-winning entrepreneur, a contributing writer for Forbes and Business Insider, and a much sought-after professional speaker, Bonnie shares her message globally.

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Table of Contents

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

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RaggedyJaney More than 1 year ago
You can’t escape politics. Case closed. Or is it? In her book, Bonnie Marcus writes a convincing argument of why, despite the politics at work, women can navigate the landscape and advance to a career at the top of the organization. Bonnie says, “I wrote this book because I believe wholeheartedly that women must get savvy about workplace politics if they are serious about their careers.” If your career is important to you, the tools in this book will show you how to create an amplified version of yourself while you get ahead and then stay ahead. Men who are in a supportive role to women will find this book a valuable resource for understanding and helping to prepare them.  Reading this book was like sitting down with the author and having a conversation about workplace dynamics. Bonnie weaves stories of women throughout the book that were easily relatable. From the point of introduction, we learn the backstories of women in high ranking positions who lost out on promotions or lost jobs because they weren’t politically savvy. She says, workplaces are highly political environments where decisions are not based on performance alone. Hard work and performance are not the sole basis for advancement. Politics can be so powerful and overwhelming that even superstars cannot survive. Bonnie teaches women the “significance of self-promotion as a leadership skill and political tool. Readers learn savvy ways to communicate what you and your team have accomplished and how to sell your ideas across the organization to build political influence.” How politics and women fit into the workplace Some essentials gleaned from this book are how definitions of political savvy, self-promotion, political skill, and political will differ from how we currently think of them. Political savvy is having a strong intuition, being observant, understanding relationships, building trust and influence, while knowing what to do in different social situations. Political skill is knowing how to act, react, and navigate but political will means you are willing to embrace politics enough to grasp how decisions are made and how culture affects decisions.  What is your impression of self-promotion? Chances are it has a negative connotation that’s rooted in self-serving motives. In fact self-promotion is knowing what you’ve done and what your team has done, keeping track of performance, creating visibility and credibility so you are ready to communicate your value proposition to others.  Marcus assures her readers that political skill and savvy can be learned. In fact, she includes a self-test comprised of 15 various questions where women can rate themselves. Here’s one of those assessment questions: I network to build allies and champions across the organization. On a scale of 1 (almost never) to 5 (almost always) how do you rate? As with all book reviews, there is little more substance here than scratching the surface. Learning from the excellent content is possible only if you read the book. Bonnie Marcus ends her book this way. “You now have the tools you need - the Mirror, the Magnifying Glass, the Pass Go & Collect $200 Card, the Get Out of Jail Free Card, and the GPS – to develop your political savvy and get ahead. Use the tools and practice, practice, practice. Do the work and you will succeed!  
StrategicLearner More than 1 year ago
This book is a primer for women (and men) about how to navigate the modern workplace politics that no amount of education or training can prepare you to deal with. I wish two things: 1) I had read this book when I was a whippersnapper, and 2) I hope that men will read this book, even though it is primarly aimed at women, because the learning is applicable to either. One strong point: Marcus clearly delineates the issue with strong women's words and behavior in the workplace being perceived by others differently than strong men's words and behavior. This is a perception problem that belongs not to the actor, but to the perceiver. One minor quibble: sometimes it seemed that men were being portrayed as either on the inside keeping others out or rather clueless. Such a clear distinction between the genders with regard to behavior does not exist in my experience. I think most of us are just trying to get along and our behavior usually reflects what we have been exposed to on the journey ... until we learn a more effective way. Bonnie's book does this in fine fashion, with easy to read and short sections, woven into a strong roadway for the workplace. All in all, a fine addition to the growing library of books which speak to one of the most underused assets in the corporate world - women leaders.