Summary of The Politics of Promotion

How High-Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead

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The Politics of Promotion book summary
Women must take their professional destinies into their own hands by developing and employing workplace “political savvy.”


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The women’s movement started decades ago, but female business leaders remain rare. You can credibly blame a lingering bias against women in the workplace, but women also seem to have been reluctant to work their companies’ cultures to their personal advantage. Now, you can take your destiny into your own hands by developing and employing “political savvy” within your organization. Professional coach Bonnie Marcus explains why women haven’t received the promotions, pay and positions they want and what they can do about it. She includes some helpful tools, including “Political Skills Assessment” worksheets and handy chapter summaries. She becomes repetitive at times – mostly for emphasis and reassurance – and she over-salts her text with exclamation points! getAbstract recommends her smart how-to guide to women who want to forge meaningful careers, whether they’re just starting out or fighting to stay on top.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why women don’t get ahead in the workplace as smoothly or quickly as men do
  • How the “Political Toolkit” can help women advance in their careers


Are You Savvy?
Despite the development of the modern feminist movement, women have made few strides in gaining promotions at work. Women serve in only slightly more than 5% of chief executive jobs in Fortune 500 and Fortune 1,000 firms. Office politics hold them back. ...
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About the Author

Bonnie Marcus, a professional career coach, founded and leads Women’s Success Coaching. She writes for business publications, including Business Insider and Forbes.

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