What does it take to succeed in Corporate America? From the Street Corner to the Corner Office by Michael J. Thomas is a savvy insider's look at how to effectively socialize, politicize, and patronize within the corporate environment. Using his own twenty seven year career with a Fortune 500 company as a reference guide, Mr. Thomas chronicles his improbable journey from an entry level position to that of corporate officer relying heavily on street smarts, personal courage, and the grace of God. Clearly written and filled with personal anecdotes, the author starts by examining the corporate culture, organizational life, corporate politics, and the good old boy network. He then turns his attention to the importance of good working relationships, not only with bosses, but with co-workers, mentors, and sponsors as well. The last bit of practical advice he offers deals with the power of taking intelligent risks.
After speaking in broad and general terms, Mr. Thomas chooses to get rather personal. And it's this willingness to share the intimate details surrounding the arc of his career that distinguishes the book from others of its kind. From his first day on the job to the last, the author lets the reader in on the good, the bad, and ugly of it all without pulling punches, mincing words, or shading the truth. In the end, what you have here is a book that is roguishly brilliant, fun, and easy to read. With a little luck, when you've finished reading From the Street Corner to the Corner Office, Corporate America will be working for you as opposed to you merely working for it.