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Q/  I know I'm lucky to have any job, especially one with the possibility of advancing to middle or even upper management. But how does someone in his 30s make that happen? So far I'm still making a lot of coffee and taking reports to the copy machine for others.

Ans. The Good Lord helps those who help themselves, but so does talent strategy expert Curtis L. Odom, author of Stuck in the Middle: A Generation X View of Talent Management. Unfortunately, your age group, born between 1965 and 1980, didn't get all the breaks your older "Boomer" siblings did. But you can embark on "personal talent management" Odom insists. The first and most important step is to honestly assess your flaws-and correct them. He claims the unwillingness to do that intense current state assessment is the main barrier between getting what you want-and continuing to lack what you need for success. So start there.

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