Executive Blues: Down and Out in Corporate America


Corporate communications executive G.J. Meyer presents a memoir of his bewildering journey from corprate success to white-collar joblessness as a casualty of downsizing. One of the best business stories in years. -Fortune
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Corporate communications executive G.J. Meyer presents a memoir of his bewildering journey from corprate success to white-collar joblessness as a casualty of downsizing. One of the best business stories in years. -Fortune
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Editorial Reviews

Brilliant, original, and raging...One of the best business stories in years.
Cleveland Plain-Dealer
. . . wrenching memoir...Rarely has a nonfiction book given such an eloquent voice to the buried pain of a decent, hard-working man.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
An exciting book, written with journalistic verve and an intensity that never subsides.
Library Journal
If you thought that receiving a nice severance package and having out-placement specialists assisting you makes job search easier, think again. Meyer chronicles his experience in job hunting after being laid off from a corporation. He begins in 1991, weaving past and present into his narrative and revealing to the reader the many forces that shaped his career and his often conflicting feelings about working and the future. The subjective nature of the narrative is both the strength and the weakness of the book. Meyer taps feelings that a downsized employee could relate to and even encourages introspective thinking, yet he is cynical. His tone might be too discouraging for a job seeker. Recommended with a warning label.-Joshua Cohen, Mid-Hudson Lib. System, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
David Rouse
Numerous narratives, both true and fictional, have dramatically portrayed the pain of unemployment. Meyer adds to those portrayals with his description of a "new" kind of unemployment, all the more disheartening because it is something those experiencing it thought could never happen. This is the personal, wrenching side of downsizing. Up until 1991, Meyer's resumeread like that of most others his age. For 38 years he had always worked, until he was let go as a vice-president at McDonnell Douglas. This book is a result of the journal Meyer kept for two years while he looked for work and accepted positions he could only hope would "work out." What is especially chilling is not just his depiction of being unemployed but also his accounts of a workplace where managers seemingly only pay lip service to such popularly touted and presumably accepted concepts as teamworking, open communication, and empowerment. Meyer also offers a harsh indictment of the so-called outplacement industry. In all, this is a different, disturbing take on the "re-engineered firm," "post-capitalist society," and "turnaround management." Part of "Executive Blues" has already appeared in "Harper's Magazine".
A first-person narrative about the author's search for employment that would allow him to maintain his upper-middle-class standard of living after he was let go from his position as vice president of public relations at McDonnell Douglas. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879957220
  • Publisher: Midpoint Trade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 245
  • Sales rank: 1,441,375
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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