From the Inside Flap
As predictable career paths have become extinct in most organizations, managers aspiring to the C-suite are often left to their own devices to determine how to advance their careers. Even in companies that devote considerable time to talent development, the messages to aspiring executives are often vague and contradictory. In some cases, your boss may find it hard to articulate what is holding youan otherwise top-performing managerback from advancement. In other cases, the issues affecting your ability to move up the ladder have been identified by your superiors, who hesitate to provide feedback for fear of de-motivating a valued manager the company doesn't want to lose.
What you need is real guidance on what the make-or-break issues are when it comes to your career success.
In The Unwritten Rules, top executive coach John Beeson de-codes the leadership criteriathe unwritten rulesthat companies use to make decisions about who gets promoted and whose careers become stalled. He identifies and describes the six selection factors you must develop to lead effectively at the executive level:
Demonstrating strategic skills
Building a strong management team
Exhibiting a capacity for innovation and change
Working across organizational boundaries
Projecting executive presence
This practical and insightful book covers the capabilities necessary to be considered a candidate, the characteristics that prevent someone from becoming a serious candidate, and those capabilities thatafter all discussions are overare most critical in decisions about who advances to the executive level. Drawing on years of practical experience and interviews with senior executives, Beeson shows how to demonstrate convincingly to C-suite decision makers that you have what it takes to make it to the top.
Filled with the stories of managers who successfully climbed up the executive ladder and others who struggled and failed to achieve their career goals, The Unwritten Rules provides the insight you need to sharpen the leadership capabilities that will truly maximize your chances of getting to the next level.
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Praise for The Unwritten Rules
"The Unwritten Rules brings clarity to the critical skills necessary to move ahead and be successful as a senior business leader. John Beeson's insights, based on long experience providing counsel to executives at major corporations, will be valuable to anyone who aspires to leadership."
Ron Williams, CEO, Aetna
"Beeson has done a masterful job writing the unwritten rules of executive career advancement. The reader feels like Beeson is sitting knee to kneeencouraging, counseling, and coaching. The key selection factors are insightful, the tools useful, and the stories real."
Dave Ulrich, professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan,and author of the best-selling The Why of Work
"The Unwritten Rules is a highly practical guidebook for career advancement to executive positions. Beeson offers concrete and well-targeted advice, and steers clear of generalities. An eye-opener."
Susan Peters, vice president of executive development and chief learning officer, General Electric
"The Unwritten Rules shows us what's holding executive development back at most companies and provides one of the freshest blueprints yet for executives aspiring to propel their careers into the C-suite."
Leo Kiely, CEO, MillerCoors
"Beeson provides an insider's view of the closely held C-suite executive selection process. A must-read for MBAs starting a career, as well as senior managerslooking to take the next step."
Tom Bowler, senior vice president of human resources and organization, United Technologies Corporation
"The reasons managers advance to the C-suite are far from obvious. In TheUnwritten Rules, Beeson pulls back the curtain and highlights the key factorsbehind executive-level promotional and placement decisions. This book will help any aspiring executive take control of his or her career advancement."
Dayton Ogden, former chairman and head of global CEO practice,Spencer Stuart