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Corporate Confidential: Fortune 500 Executives Off the Record - What It Really Takes to Get to the Top

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"This book is a valuable reference for anyone seeking insight on how to navigate the corporate maze-whether just beginning the journey or already a part of the system. Corporate Confidential is an accurate picture of how many executives evaluate their people and what is expected of them in order to achieve success."
-Dick DiCerchio, Chief Operating Officer, Costco Wholesale

Corporate success. Everyone wants it, but few know the secrets of ...

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Corporate Confidential: Fortune 500 Executives Off the Record - What It Really Takes to Get to the Top

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Overview

"This book is a valuable reference for anyone seeking insight on how to navigate the corporate maze-whether just beginning the journey or already a part of the system. Corporate Confidential is an accurate picture of how many executives evaluate their people and what is expected of them in order to achieve success."
-Dick DiCerchio, Chief Operating Officer, Costco Wholesale

Corporate success. Everyone wants it, but few know the secrets of achieving it. Corporate Confidential is an honest look at the unspoken truths surrounding success and failure in corporate America. Fifty senior-level executives disclose the candid realities of reaching the executive suite, including how:

  • Refusing to play politics is professional suicide
  • Pursuing work/life balance will label you as a "B" player
  • Women unknowingly continue to sabotage their success So controversial that some executives would only participate on the promise of anonymity, Corporate Confidential provides simple, candid answers on what it really takes to achieve success in today's corporate world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593373498
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan A. DePhillips has more than twenty years of experience in human resources. She has held several executive-level HR positions and has worked in areas as diverse as recruiting, compensation, and organizational development. She was one of the youngest HR professionals to be promoted to vice president of Ross Stores, Inc.-a national Fortune 500 retailer. She is currently a writer and business consultant. She lives in Scottsdale, AZ.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2007

    Same Old Company Line that All Execs Seem to Spout

    I found this book to be filled with a bunch of the same old propoganda that comes from executives who spout enough of the same non-truths that everyone believes them as truths because you hear it so many times. I found the only usefull things in this book to be the common knowledge things that seem to be known to anyone that has been in the workforce more than three years. Save your money and find one of several other books on the subject that seem to be better than this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2006

    Sensible Career Advice

    We recommend this book to anyone who is planning to climb the corporate ladder, although author Susan DePhillips includes nothing that is revolutionary, and little that is new. However, she interviewed dozens of Fortune 500 executives and boiled the results down into sensible advice, which she presents in brief, lucid segments. The executives¿ approach is direct, at times startlingly so, such as when they discuss what women need to do to get ahead. These executives are wise - but if you already have the maturity and self-knowledge to benefit from their wisdom, you may not need it. After all, do people with attitude problems recognize what¿s wrong? Can they see that they are playing the victim unnecessarily? The book actually becomes touching, and therefore sobering, when the executives discuss the trade-offs they made to get to the top. Most of them take responsibility for their choices, but they speak with regret of missing chunks of their families¿ lives or of damaging their health. Regrettably, while some of the executives allowed DePhillips to identify them, others did not, so she presents their advice anonymously. As a result, you get a strong consensus, but you can¿t always get to know the individuals behind the stories.

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