Book Review: The Unwritten Rules


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As predictable career paths have become extinct in most organizations, managers aspiring to C-level jobs are left to their own devices to determine how to advance their careers. Even in companies committed to talent development, guidance for aspiring executives is often vague and even contradictory. This happens, executive coach John Beeson argues in The Unwritten Rules, because executive promotions are made based on the decision-makers’ intuitive sense of whether or not a manager can succeed at higher levels within the organization. Beeson decodes the leadership criteria that companies use to make decisions about who gets promoted and who doesn’t, and identifies the six core selection factors that are imperative for success at the executive level.

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