Q. I work for a company that has survived the recession and is beginning to feel some slow, good effects of a recovery. I'm in low middle management and hope to stay here and move up to the executive suite one day. I wonder why some people seem to do that so easily and others struggle and never do make it. It can't be because they're just nerds. Any clues?
Ans. A lot of executives sabotage their own careers, but Jeffrey Krames, author of "The Unforced Error" (Portfolio $21.95) claims you can avoid that if you follow some simple steps. The first is take ownership of your work and don't shirk responsibility when you've made an error. Also try and enhance your strengths rather than constantly trying to improve weaknesses that are difficult to change. Another Krames suggestion: You can't succeed by yourself. It takes a team to help you become a top executive.