There are plenty of employees with several years of experience who are ready to move up and assume the responsibility of a mid-level manager.
But logistics, budgets, and re-organizations can often hamper a career path. A successful rise to a position of authority and responsibility can be anything but a straight line, and there are often times when an extended stay in an inferior position is necessary while waiting for internal circumstances, the economy, or expansion plans to present an opportunity to move up.
However, just because you don’t have the title or the official authority of a leader, it doesn’t mean you can’t assume the role. …
Although it’s no longer printed, just about everyone has seen a Victoria’s Secret catalog. At the height of its popularity, it was filled with attractive models wearing lingerie and swimwear. Every edition was based on the same successful formula: high-quality photographs of young, attractive women showing lots of skin.
During the program, the company credited its use of “supermodels” as a major factor in the catalog’s popularity — and resulting sales.
According to the company’s spokesperson, it was the models’ physical beauty — their sex appeal and “that special look” — that sold clothes. One of the company’s associates even went so far as to assert that the Victoria’s Secret models were of such rare beauty, there were only twenty women in the entire world as attractive — and Victoria’s Secret had five of them. …
You’ve seen them.
Calm and collected, they rise from their chair and walk to the front of the room with an expression of absolute confidence. They take the mic, look out over the audience, and then . . .
The words just seem to flow.