I consider myself a successful corporate climber and have reached junior/middle management level quite fast compared to my peers and most in my company.
Yet, I have reached a stumbling block or ceiling in my climb upwards - and I truly fear it is due to old boy network politics rather than skills and experience, i.e. many people in senior management are from the same school/alumni networks, and there seem to be no strategies against that (not even sure whether Manager Tools ever thought about this issue).
As someone who enjoys management in its own right, managing more and more complex teams and increasingly strategic operations, I am wondering if in the long run it will always be more beneficial to just look elsewhere whenever politics appear to be impossible to work through (once again, how do you "win" at politics if only the people from the same college and family friends of the CEO are promoted???).
What is your experience with this?
Especially for aspiring managers - is it better stick around a bit longer to grow company seniority and institutional experience, or jump ship to a higher position elsewhere?