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

The Politics of Promotion
239 Pages
ISBN 978-1-118-99742-0

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.

Bonnie Marcus

About Bonnie Marcus (Los Angeles, California Author)

Bonnie Marcus

Award winning entrepreneur, Forbes and Business Insider contributing writer, Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed., assists professional women to successfully navigate the workplace and position and promote themselves to advance their careers, and consults with companies to retain and support their female talent.

A popular keynote speaker, Bonnie inspires and motivates the audience to embrace their ambition and take control of their careers. Her book, The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead (Wiley, March 2015) offers women a proven process to get the promotions they deserve.

With 20+ years of sales and management experience, Bonnie’s extensive business background includes CEO of a ServiceMaster company and VP of Sales at Medical Staffing Network and two others national companies in the healthcare and software industries. She has held executive positions in startup companies and Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to Forbes, Bonnie has been published in WomenEntrepreneur, Ms Career Girl, Little Pink Book, HR People + Strategy, Darling Magazine, Daily Worth, Women in HR, and Central Valley Business Times. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc, Huffington Post, Fortune, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, Diversity MBA, Levo League, Upstart Business Journal, Psychology Today, Crains NY Business, Men’s Health, and CIO Magazine.

Bonnie received a BA from Connecticut College and a M.Ed. from New York University. She is an IPEC certified executive coach, and has been honored by Global Gurus as one of the top 30 coaches in 2015 and 2016.