Where Does the Ladder Lead?

“Success” in the career realm often means “climbing up the ladder” or obtaining a promotion. If you are interested in this, Eric Barker has data-driven advice:

Network. There are wrong ways and “right ways” to do this. The right way is to offer help to those around you at work – and not just to the well-liked people. If you can forge a strong working relationships with everyone, you’ll be more likely to hear about opportunities and therefore, be able to apply for them faster than others.

And, stating the obvious: If you are helpful to others before you need their help (advice, introductions to others, etc.)  then you won’t be sleazy. In fact, people will want to help you.

If you aren’t interested in climbing the ladder or playing this game, but you’re kind to everyone regardless of your job, you’ve already reached success.




3 thoughts on “Where Does the Ladder Lead?

  1. Unless you are a qualified female, and then you get to it for 30% less. Or in some cases half. Men doing my daughter’s job typically make 30% more and get VP credentials. If they do it as well as she does, there’s the fifty. And everybody loves her. She just happens to have the wrong set of chromosomes for the good old boy network. The glass ceiling can be broken for top management. The “she’s a girl” ceiling is another thing altogether.


    1. We have such a long way to go, despite the progress we’ve made. The exposure of “dirty old men” in the workplace who have covertly (and overtly) harassed professional women like your daughter is promising…let’s make real change!

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