This book is based on shallow (most lasting couple of hours) interviews of several high ranking executives of Fortune 500 companies. One of the best factual presentation of this book is its demographic data. Most executives are married white males who have advanced degrees. There were several other noteworthy common denominators of these executives:
1)They are extremely hard workers which has taken negative effect on their family life and health.
2)They display good interpersonal and communication skills. These people are "nice" to those around them.
3)They have technical competence which is high valued. But they have focused on breadth, not depth, of their knowledge.
4)They are politically astute.
5)They routinely put the interest of their organization above their own.
6)They had good mentors
7)They don't sabotage their careers with poor attitude (complaining too much, restricting their scope of responsibilities, being a Know-it-all etc)
What this book lacked was answering "how to" improve one's abilities in all these areas. For example, the book asserts one needs to be politically astute to be an executive. But it never answers "how to be politically astute?".
Overall it is a worthy book. Especially because it is rather cheap. But you get what you paid for.
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Corporate Confidential: Fortune 500 Executives Off the Record - What It Really Takes to Get to the Top Kindle Edition
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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 organisational development. She is currently a writer and business consultant.. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B005DIATFA
- Publisher : Platinum Press (1 August 2005)
- Language : English
- File size : 1808 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,693,021 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Doesn't Answer the question of "How"Reviewed in the United States on 21 November 2005
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Corporate Confidential Is A Very Informative and Educational BookReviewed in the United States on 26 April 2014
Good book here. It is very informative and educational. The only bad thing is having to have written twenty words like a child in kindergarten school to meet the word minimum counter. This review confirms to the policies described in the three rejection notices so far. A more personalized response would help specifying the issue that needed to be corrected.
UselessReviewed in the United States on 3 April 2017
Does not tell you anything that working awhile will not give you. No real aha moments. Pretty run of the mill.