After being passed over for a promotion early in her business career, Wiltonian Bonnie Marcus became determined to make sure the same thing didn\u2019t happen to other women.\u201cI 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\u2019t get the promotion \u2014 I didn\u2019t understand how the decision was going to be made and who had the power and influence,\u201d said Marcus.\u201cIn other words, I wasn\u2019t politically savvy. I was focusing mostly on my work and I was a top performer, but I didn\u2019t realize that it takes more than talent and hard work to get ahead.\u201dWith an extensive business background, Marcus became a certified executive coach in 2006 and is now the founder and president of Women\u2019s Success Coaching.After sharing her experiences at workshops and hearing from women who had been through similar situations, Marcus decided to write a book \u2014 The Politics of Promotion: How High-Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead.If women are to assume more leadership roles, said Marcus, it\u2019s important for them to understand workplace politics.\u201cWomen\u2019s avoidance of workplace politics, their total focus on their work and thinking that they will get ahead, is something that needed to be addressed,\u201d said Marcus.\u201cThe book is to help more women move up, with the understanding that it takes both hard work and political savvy so they don\u2019t get blindsided like I did.\u201dMarcus said it took her about a year to write the 256-page book, which was published by Jossey-Bass on March 23.\u201cI would recommend the book to anyone who is ambitious and wants to move their career forward,\u201d she said.\u201cIt offers a very clear road map on how to navigate the realities of your organization and how to position yourself to get ahead.\u201d Workplace politics \u201cEvery workplace is different but politics are everywhere,\u201d she said, \u201cand they can affect either gender.\u201d Marcus said she wrote the book for women because they face \u201cspecial challenges in the workplace that men don\u2019t face,\u201d such as unconscious gender bias and gender stereotypes. \u201cMany men and women believe that leaders should be men and if they had a choice, they would chose a man as a boss,\u201d said Marcus. \u201cMany organizations are still run by men and there\u2019s typically a small inner circle of men who have power and influence. Women need to understand how to penetrate that.\u201d Marcus said there are \u201cgendered roles in a lot of organizations,\u201d where women are channeled into more supportive roles while men have more visible leadership roles. \u201cThose are some of the dynamics that affect women, and if they\u2019re unaware of them, they can be blindsided,\u201d she said. According to Marcus, other factors that hold women back from \u201cembracing their ambition and moving forward\u201d include a \u201chesitancy to promote themselves\u201d and \u201ctheir lack of a network that supports their career advancement.\u201d \u201cWomen have a tendency to leverage relationships and do a lot for others but not ask for anything in return,\u201d said Marcus. \u201cLeveraging the quid pro quo is something that men do very well and women don\u2019t take advantage of \u2014 we leave so much power on the table because we don\u2019t take advantage of some of the strong relationships.\u201d In her book, Marcus provides readers with a \u201ctoolkit\u201d for successfully navigating the realities of their organization, consisting of a mirror, magnifying glass, Pass Go and Collect $200 Card, Get Out of Jail Free Card, and GPS. Mirror Marcus said the mirror is for women to \u201cfocus and self-reflect on what their unique value proposition is. \u201cWomen are often more focused on what everybody else is doing and we don\u2019t take time to figure out what we bring to the table,\u201d said Marcus. \u201cThat\u2019s important, because authentic self-promotion is very important to get the visibility and credibility you need.\u201d Magnifying glass Marcus said the magnifying glass is to help women focus on \u201cwhat the reality is in their organization\u201d and find the answers to the following questions: Who are the people in senior leadership roles? What does it take for a woman to get ahead? What are some of the rules, including unwritten rules? Who has the power and influence in the organization? What is the culture? What kind of behavior is rewarded and what kind of behavior is not? \u201cLooking at all of that gives you so much information about what it\u2019s going to take for you to move your career forward and how to position yourself well to do that,\u201d said Marcus. Pass Go, Collect $200 In Politics of Promotion, the Pass Go and Collect $200 Card is a \u201cmetaphor for strategic networking,\u201d said Marcus. \u201cWhen you get the card in Monopoly, you get to move around the board faster and collect money,\u201d she said. \u201cWhen you have a group of people who are willing and able to speak for you, that\u2019s going to help you do both \u2014 move around and advance faster and get a higher salary.\u201d Get Out of Jail Free The Get Out of Jail Free Card is a metaphor for sponsorship, which can \u201cpull you up through an organization,\u201d she said. Sponsors can provide protection from workplace politics, making the Get Out of Jail Free Card a \u201cvery powerful tool in the toolkit.\u201d \u201cWomen who have sponsors definitely get promoted faster,\u201d said Marcus. \u201cThey recognize that you have leadership potential and will clear the way for you to get to the top.\u201d GPS The GPS is a really good coach or mentor, said Marcus \u2014 \u201csomebody who can help you figure our how to work the tools in the toolkit to your advantage.\u201d Not only does a GPS \u201chold you accountable for the goals you say you want to achieve,\u201d said Marcus, but it also acts as a mirror \u201cto help you deal with some of the external and internal barriers you have.\u201d Click here for more information on the book.