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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  • Bonnie Marcus engaged our workforce with a thoughtful discussion on the politics of promotion.  She provided practical steps on how to first identify what you want to accomplish in your career and then be savvy in how you get there--through networking, developing strategic relationships, and advocating for yourself.  She inspired us to take action and support each other.   ,

    — Joyce Tabor
    Senior Counsel
    Actelion, a Janssen Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson
    www1.actelion.us
  • Working with Bonnie is like watching the sun break through on a cloudy day. Her keen mind and razor sharp focus helped me clarify my priorities and create a plan for my business. Through my work with her I was able to push aside my self-doubt and find the courage to make decisions based on my true needs. I came to Bonnie as a seasoned and successful professional with a clear view of what I thought I wanted. I finished our work together having committed to a different path that has improved my quality of life while still honoring my ambitious nature. I am very thankful to Bonnie for such expert support and look forward to working with her again in the future.  

    — Alicia Farrell PhD
    www.AliciaFarrellPhD.com
  • Bonnie’s support was invaluable as I sought to navigate challenges in my professional life that seemed insurmountable. Her perspective, grounded in extensive experience, served to clarify events and circumstances that had eroded my confidence over the past several years. The tools and approaches Bonnie gave me enabled me to release behaviors and assumptions that were holding me back and focus on the abilities and passion I’d lost touch with. I’ve regained enthusiasm for my profession, learned to speak up and take risks, and gained more confidence than I’ve ever had. Thanks to Bonnie, I’ve been able to plot and move forward along a path to a more satisfying, productive career, improving the quality of my life immeasurably. I can’t recommend her highly enough!

    — Rita C.
    Strategist, IT Engineer, Leader
  • I had the pleasure of listening to Bonnie Marcus speak at an #HBA event in April 2018 at Sandoz in Princeton, NJ. She is so amazing and inspiring, and gave the attendees so much to think about what holds us back, what assumptions (positive or negative) we have about ourselves and how we can take steps to overcome them. I have been actively applying some of those strategies in my life/career path and am thrilled to have had the opportunity to participate in her workshop.

    — Madhumati Mukherjee, PhD.
    Geneticist and Molecular Biologist
  • I had the opportunity to hear Bonnie speak at a recent HBA event. In addition to being an eloquent and engaging presenter during her time on the dais, she motivates her audience to discuss relevant issues long after the talk is over. Her workshop on “Building a High-Impact Learning Culture” rang true for our small agency, and would be of great benefit to larger businesses seeking to train and retain top talent.

    — Alli Aber, PhD.
    Chief Medical Officer
    PRN Experts
    www.PRNexperts.com
  • Our group found Bonnie to be very helpful in giving practical insights into what we need to do to garner promotions.  Her wisdom and tactics combine to make the session very useful and attendees walk away armed with real information that helps them move their career forward.

    — Wendy Mann
    CEO
    CREW Network
    www.crewnetwork.org
  • My experience with Bonnie was truly life changing. I sought her help as I transitioned into a new phase in my career. Bonnie was critical in helping me identify my strengths and deal with my weaknesses. I found Bonnie extremely approachable and relatable. Her experience as an executive, the knowledge she gathered through her years of coaching, and her pleasant demeanor all contributed to a successful series of sessions and a lot of personal growth for me. Bonnie constantly challenged me, and guided me through a time of professional and personal transformation.

    — Nora Abusitta-Ouri
    Senior Executive
  • Thank you for all your support and advice through the Express Coaching program.  I greatly appreciate your flexibility in tailoring my sessions for me, including moving a session to before a job interview for additional insights and changing topics based on my needs.  You were even able to uncover causes of my lack of confidence, and help me build it up again.  It is amazing how quickly you were able to make a difference in my confidence and in my life.

    — Michelle Wilson
  • 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
    www.hbanet.org/