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 (Q2) I TRY  AND DO EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK to get ahead in my career. I went to the right schools, earned the right degrees, and even have a good entry level job but no one is showing me how to make it up to management as fast as my male colleagues are. What can I be missing?

(A) PERHAPS YOU ARE NOT TAKING CHARGE OF your career direction and advocating for yourself as a potential leader the way the men are. Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett write in smartbrief/smartblog that you must actively attack stereotypes and not cede ground or give undue credit to male colleagues. If you don't speak up you lose, they contend. Similarly Kari Reson, founder and CEO of Boredom to Boardroom, writes on the same blog that you should also start building a strong professional network that will help pave the way and pull you along.   

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