Bonnie Marcus Whitepaper

Be Politically Savvy

It takes both great performance and political savvy to get ahead. Not paying attention to what’s going on around you makes you vulnerable to being blindsided by politics.

The good news is that anyone can learn to be politically savvy. That’s why I created 5 tools in my political toolkit that with practice will help you successfully navigate a complex competitive workplace.

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The Politics Of Promotion

Many women focus on performance, thinking that good work garners promotion. Too often, they're left outside of the circles of power and influence where decisions are made that affect their careers.

The Politics of Promotion provides a framework for breaking into that circle, and taking control of one's own career path. Women will find that the insights in The Politics of Promotion that can help them get ahead and stay ahead.

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  • I learned of Bonnie Marcus and Women Success Coaching from her blog and her book, "The Politics of Promotion."  Her wisdom and guidance were immediately applicable to my situation and my life.  When I began looking for a personal leadership coach, I thought of Bonnie first. From our first call, her questions challenged me to change my perspective, revisit all my assumptions and own my triggers.  She has been in the C-suite and held the CEO job, making her intimately familiar with the struggles and self-talk that can plague so many women in leadership today.  Her coaching has made me a better person and a more focused and aspiring senior executive.

    — Lynn Mason
    Healthcare COO
  • Recently, Bonnie spoke and moderated a panel at a healthcare businesswomen event -- doing an outstanding job providing specific recommendations to women on advancing their career despite male "power circles" at the leadership level.  After listening, you literally could leave the event and begin using her suggestions immediately.  Even the men at the event took copious notes and thanked her for such a valuable presentation!

    — Gloria Stone
    Director-at-Large, Northern NJ Chapter
    Healthcare Businesswomens Association
  • From our first telephone conversation, I knew Bonnie would do an outstanding job she certainly lived up to our expectations. Bonnie’s presentation was insightful, engaging and most importantly made a lasting difference to our audience.  Her talk on Owning Your Ambition was well received by our audience as many women in our audience have a difficult time of balancing ambition with the other traits that make women successful in the workplace. As the closing speaker for our Enterprising Women’s conference, Bonnie was on target and delivered.  Thank you so much for the absolutely fantastic contribution you made at Enterprising Women.

    — Robert J. Viamari
    Cape Business Publishing Group, LLC
  • Thank you for your inspiring and informative keynote session on The Politics of Promotion at our Women in Leadership Conference. You did such a wonderful job and we were thrilled to have you at the head of our line-up.

    — Christine Seiler
    Marketing Instructor, Women in Business Leadership Faculty Advisor
    Bowling Green State University
  • Attending a Bonnie Marcus talk is like watching a master class on presenting.  Her warm and engaging style meld seamlessly with the importance and richness of her research.   She knows what she is talking about and at the end of her presentation, so does her audience.  A good teacher engages and imparts; that is what happens with Bonnie.  One leaves enriched and educated from the experience.  And her insights are NOT just for women.  

    — Robert Selverstone, PhD.
  • During one of the first coaching sessions, Bonnie said, “why are you the lone ranger and not have more support” – it struck a chord.  She was spot on with how I felt. Over our coaching sessions, we worked on building consensus in the organization around the strategy and tactics.  Bonnie gave great advice on using simple words and phrases to continue to transform the perception of me and what I deliver.  She made an impact on my performance in a short period of time.

    — Laura Comilla
    Director Solutions Design & Value Creation
    Abbott Molecular
  • Bonnie Marcus just spoke at our Step Forward meeting and was fabulous!  Her topic was Mastering the Art of Advocacy and Influence and she really delivered an impactful presentation that our employees are still talking about. Bonnie walked the audience through the steps of Self Promotion, Strategic Networking and Political Savvy.  She also left us with 3 Key Points: 1. Knowing your value proposition is critical, 2. A strategic network helps you self-promote and build influence and 3. Navigating the system requires political savvy. Bonnie is a terrific speaker who delivers a motivating presentation.

    — Dorothy Kalksma
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc
  • Bonnie Marcus was a huge hit as the keynote at the Women's Leadership Summit where we featured her book as the framework for the entire conference. Her stories and examples and strategies ring true and inspired action. We look forward to working with her again.

    — Janet Wigfield
    Vice President/Executive Director Conference + Events
    Working Mother Media/Diversity Best Practices/NAFE
  • I was looking for a professional speaker who not only had credibility and intelligence, but a person who understood the issues that woman face in their career development throughout their lives. We hired Bonnie to speak to our members at Women in Housing and Finance in NYC and she more than delivered! I highly recommend Bonnie for your personal training or for group coaching. Her value proposition is clear within minutes of meeting her!

    — Kathleen Parisi
  • Bonnie Marcus is a captivating and inspirational speaker. I heard her presentation at the Bryant University Women's Leadership Conference in Rhode Island. Bonnie presents fascinating and unique material that is very meaningful to her audiences. She has a wonderful presentation style too. Every audience member appeared to be completely engaged and hanging on her every word. I highly recommend Bonnie Marcus for keynotes or other strategic speaking opportunities.

    — Sandra Long
    Post Road Consulting LLC