Research suggests high-achieving women tend be more focused on learning new things than on intentionally advancing in their careers, writes Ruth Malloy of the Hay Group in Boston. This strategy works to some degree, but it may not allow women to reach the highest rungs of the corporate ladder. "Those who want to move all the way up must create opportunities to understand how the organization works, how it makes money, and who its key people are," she writes. "And they need to do so early in their careers."

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