The Unwritten Rules. The Six Skills You Need to Get Promoted to the Executive Level

  • ID: 1429126
  • Book
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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 knee—encouraging, 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

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1 Deciphering the Code.

2 The Feedback That Really Counts.

3 Factor 1: Demonstrating Strategic Skills.

4 Factor 2: Building a Strong Management Team.

5 Factor 3: Managing Implementation.

6 Factor 4: Exhibiting the Capacity for Innovation and Change.

7 Factor 5: Working Across Organizational Boundaries.

8 Factor 6: Projecting Executive Presence.

9 Career Development Strategies.

10 Navigating Career Dilemmas.

11 A Final Challenge to You—and Your Organization.



About the Author.


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John Beeson is principal of Beeson Consulting, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in succession planning and top talent development, executive assessment and executive coaching, and organization design and change. His articles on succession planning and talent development have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Across the Board, and Business Horizons.

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