Advancing to a different level in your career. Learn about skills you need to move up to a specific level (usually referring to the C-Suite) or how to plan and prepare for moving up to a higher position.

Before making any career changing decisions make sure you are in a healthy mindset – that is the message from Caroline Ceniza-Levine on the Ivy Exec blog.  Ceniza-Levina looks at common problems with rushed or poorly made decisions and offers solutions to these potential issues that might cloud judgment.

Following on from our post about whether an Ivy League degree is worth the investment, IvyExec’s Founder and CEO Elena Bajic was invited by CNBC to debate the pros and cons. See below for the top four reasons given by Elaine Bajic why Ivy League education is valuable to executives:

Every executive thinks about further education at least once in their career, contemplating when they should study and if it is worth the investment.

In response to CNBC's question, Is an Ivy League Diploma worth the cost of admission? Elena Bajic, founder and CEO of Ivy Exec, responded, “An Ivy League education makes a candidate stand out, even before a recruiter talks to them.” In application to executive education the same standard applies across the world, executive recruiters take note of professionals who attended the best schools and corporations often have direct hiring connections with the same insitutions.

Belief in oneself & be pragmatic!
It is universally known that failures and losses teach us deeper lessons that become ingrained in us more than successes do.   Relating the same to one’s executive career, there are many setbacks and negative experiences of others that we could learn from without having to experience the pain ourselves.  Here are a few candid examples that present useful lessons to every aspiring professional.  
Example 1 – Business Network

Recently I came across a frustrated executive job seeker, who had experienced some hiring brick walls due to lack of industry experience. The job seeker in question wished to switch industry and pointed out the number of transferable skills he had obtained throughout his career – asking why executive recruiters and hiring managers are pre-occupied with experience?

The Economist makes a one-page report on a new book by Jeffrey Pfeffer of Stanford Business School providing academic analysis and many tips on “how to reach the top”. In short, the trick is to choose the right department to join, the ability to manage upwards, to network and to remain loyal. Once at the top, the key to keeping power is to understand its corrupting effects…

Read article: 'Schumpeter: The will to power'

Collaborate, not Dictate

Bloomberg recently highlighted the increased number of social media courses featured in business school programs, including top schools such as Harvard and Columbia. Curriculum includes marketing to consumers through mediums such as twitter and facebook and the impact of social media upon global business.

Profit and Loss (P & L) responsibility is one of the most important responsibilities of any executive position. Having P & L responsibility involves monitoring the net income after expenses for a department or entire organization, with direct influence on how company resources are allocated. Those with P & L responsibility often give final approval for new projects and are required to find ways to cut budget expenditure and ensure every program is generating a positive ROI.