The One Skill You Need to Reach the C-Suite

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09:05 AM

There are only a limited number of corner offices; how can you demonstrate you’re the person to occupy one?

By Kevin Fogarty


In corporate America, what does it take to move from the senior ranks to the top of the org chart?

There are many bright, ambitious people in the workforce, but simple mathematics dictates that only a few will ever reach the C-suite. What's the key skill you need to master if your career goals are focused at that level?

The secret, experts told TheLadders, is to extend the skills you've honed as a functional specialist into a position of general leadership across disciplines.

Even for the best senior specialist, landing a job as a general manager with full profit-and-loss responsibility for a discrete business, or even a top functional job in the C-suite, is a hard sell; it requires that you demonstrate skills that may have been only peripheral to your success up to that point, according to Michael Watkins, a former Harvard Business School professor and expert on corporate leadership who runs Genesis Advisers LLC, a consultancy that advises companies and executives on how to develop and switch to new top executives.

Topics: Salary, Professional Development, Workplace, Management

360-Degree Performance Reviews: Do It Yourself

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01:00 PM

Don’t wait for corporate to make you do it. Ask the people who work for you to give you their honest opinions. Believe it or not, this often results in the best referrals.

By Rob Sullivan


It’s the time of year when companies review performance. Whose evaluation matters to you and your career?

Start talking about performance reviews or references, and people immediately start thinking about their supervisors.

That’s only part of the picture, however. When it comes to career development, the opinions of people higher than you on the corporate ladder are important, but they rarely tell the whole story.

If you truly want to give yourself — and your current or potential employer — an accurate picture of who you are and how you can contribute to the team, a 360-degree performance review that takes into account feedback from peers, employees and customers is one of the most important investments you can make.

Topics: Professional Development

Five Steps to Volunteer Your Way to a Job

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04:13 PM

If you’re not sure where to start, follow this guide to landing a volunteer position as a part of your job-search strategy.

By Debra Donston-Miller


Industry experts and job hunters who have successfully parlayed volunteerism into paying jobs provided the following advice.

"Use your network to find open volunteer positions. That will get you into an organization faster."

- Jane, a job hunter who turned a volunteer job with the MSPCA into a paying job with a Web site focused on animal welfare

"Determine whether the volunteer opportunity matches your “availability horizon," both so you can achieve success and so you don't leave the non profit in the lurch."

- Robert J. Rosenthal, Volunteer Match director of communications

Topics: Networking, Professional Development