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Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America Hardcover – June 1, 1999


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  • Series: Harvard Business Review
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; First Edition edition (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875848664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875848662
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Against all odds, a few minority executives break through to the highest executive levels in corporate America. The aim of Thomas and Gabarro is to explain the processes of growth and advancement that produce minority executives by focusing on three companies that have been successful in developing people of color from entry level to executive. Concealing the identity of those companies in different industries, the authors examine both the individual and the organizational factors influencing minority promotion. Along with a detailed explanation of their research and findings, the authors offer lessons for minority aspirants as well as guidelines for corporations that want to develop minority executives more effectively. Advice to individuals includes building a network of developmental relationships, analyzing the record on minority promotions of a prospective employer, and understanding that race matters but that it alone doesn't determine fate. Their final counsel is that the road to the executive suite must be worth the price extracted from all individuals, especially minorities. Mary Whaley

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"A massive primer for professionals seeking to understand success and employers who wish to foster diversity in their upper ranks." -- The Boston Globe, May 23, 1999

"Provides a wealth of useful information for those seeking insights regarding how these executives have managed to break away." -- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, July 12, 1999

"This first-rate work is valuable to any would-be executive." -- Library Journal June 15, 1999

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Few books have the ability to relate the importance of the information contained within to both professional and layman alike. That is, however, exactly what this book accomplishes. It shows you the how the achievements of minorities trying to attain status at the corporate level are linked to career decisions and mentoring relationships. This is accomplished by examining the characteristics of several minority executives at different companies who have managed to break through the glass ceiling. It also teaches several approaches for acheiving racial diversity throughout a company. It examines three large corporations who have accomplished this feat, by tracing their diversity efforts throughout the past few decades. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the processes by which businesses accomplish diversification throughout all levels of the company.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1999
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This is destined to become one of the classic management texts. I found the authors treatement of the subject matter to be insightful and well thought out. This is a must for any person of color who is wondering why it's taking them so long to move into the executive level. As a trainer I will be using this as one of my texts, and I plan on sending a number of copies to my friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
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Breaking Through is a multifaceted book that speaks to a spectrum of audiences: the business leader committed to creating a diverse workplace; the human resource professional charged with designing and implementing diversity initiatives; the minority professional aspiring to break through.
This book sheds light on the complex career dynamics presented to minority professionals in corporate America. As an aspiring minority professional, I took away valuable strategies, as well as pitfalls, for achieving my career goals.
The book is a balance of compelling empirical evidence and real-life examples. The depth of analysis makes for an engaging and enlightening reading experience.
Breaking Through will serve as a personal professional reference guide and I am sure that it will become an invaluable resource throughout my career.
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