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The Politics of Promotion: How High-Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead by Bonnie Marcus

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3The Magnifying GlassObserving Workplace Dynamics

Sometimes, no matter how hard you're working, things fall through the cracks. You're busy doing your job. You think that you are keeping everyone informed, but suddenly you realize you were so focused on your work that you didn't see the obvious, and it can harm your career if you're not careful. This happened to Betsy Myers.

As director of the newly created White House Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach (the Women's Office), Betsy reported to President Clinton and his staff. There was a set meeting structure and formal chain of command, so it was understandable that Betsy would focus her efforts on keeping the president's staff informed of her progress. She met with his staff every ...

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