The Unwritten Rules
IN THIS SUMMARY
In The Unwritten Rules, John Beeson asserts that “companies offer few guideposts for advancing to the executive level.” In his work as a consultant and executive coach, he has questioned decision makers about specific skills and traits which make them select one executive to advance to the “C-suite-level” while passing over another one. In most companies, there are written job qualifications, skill, and experience criteria for top jobs. But success or failure to reach top levels is not based only on technical skills or specific experience. Instead, those who succeed have been judged on the soft skills of leadership. When it comes time to select the next executive, Beeson believes that the final decisions are ultimately based on confidence.