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Breaking Through 'The Real Glass Ceiling': Executive Power Culture

 

For decades, people of all backgrounds have sought to break through what they consider a "glass ceiling" to live up to their full potential at work. Often referring to the struggle for highly qualified women to break through an invisible, unspoken barrier and achieve the highest echelon of executive leadership, the question is what gets in the way. 

There are multiple reasons that quality candidates aren't promoted when they should be. While this glass ceiling may be in response to socially held prejudices and misconceptions (relating to gender, race, sexuality, and background), the basic obstacle that stands in the way of the promotion of many to senior and executive positions is simply the culture of power that permeates the highest levels of business leadership.

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Lean On Me: The Importance of Having a Sponsor When Presenting

You’ve been asked to present to upper management. You’ve done the research. You’ve worked hours to get everything to logically flow and the numbers to tie. When a subject matter expert is asked to present to decision makers, the hurdles can be a challenge. These spaces are typically "by invitation only," meaning that — regardless of how innovative your idea may be — you need someone on the inside to help steer the way. 

This is where a sponsor — another high-level decision maker who acts as your guide within these rooms — can be an invaluable asset. When making steps to put yourself in front of executives, business leaders, or other managers, a sponsor can be the difference between a cold, indifferent presentation environment and a warm room full of decision makers who are open to your ideas.

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8 Tips on Delivering Effective Visual Aids

 This is the final chapter of our Holy Grail: 50 Tips for Speaking Up: Speaking to Decision Makers. 

In this chapter we look at visual aids. What are your three essential slides?

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6 Strategies for Surviving Executive Presentations

In Fortune 500 conference rooms around the world, management careers are careening off the tracks. Why? Poor delivery? No. Bad content?

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Free Yourself from the Ball and Chain

When delivering the Speaking Up: Presenting to Executives® workshop, we often hear participants talk about the fact that their slides have become nothing short of a "ball and chain" for them.  

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