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Breaking Through “Bitch” by Annie McKee, Carol Vallone Mitchell

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CHAPTER 9Plan Your Route: Self-Development Savvy

As we all know from countless books, headlines, and our own personal experiences, men advance their careers higher and faster than women. Successful executive men get “pulled up” by other men at higher levels of their organization far more than women. Some women do get to the top. They just take self-directed nontraditional routes.

Women take charge of their careers, ensuring that they are getting the experiences they need in order to attain top leadership. They are proactive about managing their progression: watching for “path pavers,” the positions that are steppingstones to their goal and people who will help them, and “advancement derailers,” the positions that might sound good but lead nowhere. ...

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