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The Politics of Promotion: How High-achieving women get ahead and stay ahead

The Politics of Promotion offers women the tools and guidance they need to successfully navigate the realities of their organizations, emphasizing the need to understand office politics to get the promotions and recognition they deserve. Bonnie Marcus, a professional coach focused on helping women advance their careers, demonstrates the impact of relationships and sponsorship in career trajectory. Readers will learn why excellence and achievement are not 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 trip-ups that can add years to the climb—or end it for good.

Now Available

The Politics of Promotion: How High-achieving women get ahead and stay ahead

The Politics of Promotion offers women the tools and guidance they need to successfully navigate the realities of their organizations, emphasizing the need to understand office politics to get the promotions and recognition they deserve. Bonnie Marcus, a professional coach focused on helping women advance their careers, demonstrates the impact of relationships and sponsorship in career trajectory. Readers will learn why excellence and achievement are not 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 trip-ups that can add years to the climb—or end it for good.

“Bonnie Marcus has finally come out and said what needs to be said:
SELF-PROMOTION IS A LEADERSHIP SKILL!”

—Sally Helgesen, author of The Female Advantage; co-author of How Women Rise

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Praise for Politics of Promotion

“This book reframes the concept of office politics. Bonnie clearly and practically explains how the work environment must be understood for anyone hoping to advance their careers. Through research, case studies, and a variety of powerful vignettes, she offers insights for all individuals – women and men – who seek to be more successful, eliminate roadblocks, and deliver for themselves, their teams, and their organizations.”

— Susan B. Chodakewitz, CEO of Nathan Associates, Inc.

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“Women tend to perceive office politics as something distasteful. The Politics of Promotion is helpful for individuals needing to better understand and embrace the importance of company politics, not only as a critical part of career advancement but as a more effective way to successfully carry out your daily job responsibilities. Bonnie Marcus’ research demonstrates how being politically savvy allows you to build important relationships with stakeholders who may be able to support, mentor, and promote you. Reading this book will help you to learn how to navigate across an organization to achieve your career and business goals by working with and through others.”
—Alexandra Glucksmann, COO,  Editas Medicine

Praise for Politics of Promotion

“Women are graduating from college and entering the workforce ill-prepared to navigate their new environment. Putting your head down and achieving great results works in school, but being successful in your career requires more. Bonnie Marcus has nailed the missing piece: political savvy. This should be required reading for all college graduates.”
—Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer of the Levo League

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“Bonnie Marcus shares from her experience on how to get the recognition and rewards you deserve for your work by managing the interpersonal dynamics of the workplace. Politics is inherent in all human relationships. This book will teach you how to interact professionally and get promoted while staying true to yourself.”
—Marilyn Tam, Author of The Happiness Choice

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“If you’re one of those nice girls who thinks politics is a four-letter word, think again. From promotions to perks to plum assignments, savvy women know the path to success is paved by politics. This book will help you to make workplace politics an integral part of your skill set without feeling as if you’ve compromised your integrity.”
—Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D, Author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office

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“Women regularly think that doing a great job ensures promotion — I used to think so too. Instead, we know from data and personal experience, that performance excellence means, at most, that you might be considered; actually securing the promotion requires a great deal more. Bonnie Marcus has seen how this plays across multiple disciplines and industries and is full of insight and advice that will put women in a far stronger position to understand how to create the opportunities their talent demands. Her tough love acknowledges injustice but her tough thinking is what promises success.”
—Margaret Heffernan, CEO and author Willful Blindness and A Bigger Prize

Praise for Politics of Promotion

“The Politics of Promotion is a savvy book, full of advice for ambitious women. Bonnie Marcus explains that success follows not only from competently fulfilling one’s job description but even more from successfully negotiating company politics. To help women navigate these complexities, she offers a wealth of advice backed by examples gleaned from her long experience as a corporate executive and a career coach. Marcus provides the crucial insights that business schools leave out of the curriculum.”
—Alice Eagly, coauthor of Through the Labyrinth

Praise for Politics of Promotion

“Sheryl Sandberg taught women about the importance of “leaning in” in order to get ahead in the workplace. In The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead, author Bonnie Marcus gives women practical tips on how to be savvy about the way they lean in to avoid potential landmines; how to navigate the realities of their workplace, and position themselves for success without compromising their feminine traits or integrity.”
—John Gerzema, author of The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future

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