I have witnessed people's expectations of life and career change significantly over the last 20 years, especially for women. Today, when young people choose a career, there's a high expectation to move quickly and progress. If talent isn't recognised early, then these people can quickly become frustrated and demotivated.
Great communicators are fully conscious of their words, physical gestures, appearance and grooming. That's because they do not wish anything to act as a distraction from their communication style. Also, they are top-notch listeners. They research robustly, read lots, and endeavour to mix in different cultural settings.
We all know about that infamous glass ceiling. But women are also held back behind glass borders too. Eight out of ten people posted overseas are men as organisations tend to discount women as strong candidates for those international assignments that are becoming increasingly important to climbing the career ladder.
You've heard people say, "It's all in the mind," true enough half of our battles are won if only we are able to put our minds on it. As humans capable of dreaming and yearning for more in life, we set out to achieve different goals and embark on projects. But the sad thing is, most of these plans are left unfulfilled.
Nearly every big company feels that employees must have a grade, that their position must be defined by a number and a title. So in investment banking a new bachelor's degree enters as an analyst, gets promoted (or not) to associate, then vice president, managing director, etc. We have grading systems for scientific and engineering personnel, for managers, for secretaries. Of course, tied to grade is (presumably) accountability and (almost certainly) reward.