Don't Let Your Career "Just Happen"

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In others, they lack the critical experiences or skills required to take the next step, such as an international assignment, high-risk project, or major P&L responsibility. While many complex factors contribute to women hitting the glass ceiling, more proactive career management and clearer manager guidance would help them identify and use the right tools to break through. But we also found that these traits are not synonymous with proactive career management.

Your Career Needs to Be Horizontal

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Like it or not, most of us think about career success in terms of moving up the hierarchy. Look," he said, "I currently have 10,000 people reporting to me and responsibility for the largest P&L in the company. The answer is that hierarchy is more than just a way of designing the organization: It drives how we think about relationships, contribution, careers, and success. Most of us have grown up assuming that career success is vertical.

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Women Who Sell Get Promoted

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Selling needs to be a part of every woman's career tool kit. After all, sales experience feeds the types of line jobs — where individuals have P&L accountability — that are a pipeline to the C-suite. Career planning Gender Sales

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Tell Me Something I Don't Know About Women in the Workplace

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We talked to 24 current and former not-white-male CEOs , who spoke candidly about what they faced as they built their careers and how they developed inclusive organizations. The stats below offer a startling glimpse into what work and leadership is like for women around the world.

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Should You Share a Room on a Business Trip?

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Every manager has a P&L that he or she is responsible for," he says, "and while we don''t make sharing rooms a hard and fast rule, it''s our sense that when people have their own budgets and ownership for their profits, they''ll continue to operate that way.".

Where Will You Be in Five Years?

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Knowing and communicating your career goals is challenging for even the most ambitious and focused person. In today's work world, careers take numerous twists and turns and the future is often murky. While it may be difficult to give a direct and honest response to this question, Weintraub and Timothy Butler, a senior fellow and the director of Career Development Programs at Harvard Business School, agree that you need to be prepared to answer it.

Bring Back the General Manager

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As a result of this shift, career paths today are less geared towards filling the few remaining general management positions, and instead focus on functional specialization. Here are several ideas: Turn discrete customer segments or geographies into P&L units by giving managers the ability to "purchase" centralized services, and the accountability for achieving profitability targets. Have you noticed that general managers are scarce these days?

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Educate Everyone About Second-Generation Gender Bias

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I look around and see that my male colleagues have P&L responsibility and most of us are in staff roles. In one manufacturing company, a task force learned that leaders tended to hire and promote people, mainly men, whose backgrounds and careers resembled their own.

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Quotas for Women on Boards are Wrong

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Rather than helping individuals recognize what key career experience they have (or lack), they accept fees for polishing resumes, promoting the use of buzzwords, and emboldening people without sufficient qualifications to believe they are ready for board positions. To do that, we need to promote women into roles where they can gain the relevant experience: running a P&L, leading a company, delivering performance numbers, leading transformational initiatives, and managing risk.

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