After being passed over for a promotion early in her business career, Wiltonian Bonnie Marcus became determined to make sure the same thing didn’t happen to other women.
“I felt really betrayed. I had worked for the company for about eight years and I realized afterward that there were lessons to learn for why I didn’t get the promotion — I didn’t understand how the decision was going to be made and who had the power and influence,” said Marcus.
“In other words, I wasn’t politically savvy. I was focusing mostly on my work and I was a top performer, but I didn’t realize that it takes more than talent and hard work to get ahead.”
With an extensive business background, Marcus became a certified executive coach in 2006 and is now the founder and president of Women’s Success Coaching.
After sharing her experiences at workshops and hearing from women who had been through similar situations, Marcus decided to write a book — The Politics of Promotion: How High-Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead.
If women are to assume more leadership roles, said Marcus, it’s important for them to understand workplace politics.
“Women’s avoidance of workplace politics, their total focus on their work and thinking that they will get ahead, is something that needed to be addressed,” said Marcus.
“The book is to help more women move up, with the understanding that it takes both hard work and political savvy so they don’t get blindsided like I did.”
Marcus said it took her about a year to write the 256-page book, which was published by Jossey-Bass on March 23.
“I would recommend the book to anyone who is ambitious and wants to move their career forward,” she said.
“It offers a very clear road map on how to navigate the realities of your organization and how to position yourself to get ahead.”