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Corporate Confidential: 50 Secrets Your Company Doesn't Want You to Know---and What to Do About Them Paperback – August 25, 2005
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“A business book that reads like a page-turner. What a concept. The author's startling and thought-provoking insights make this a must-read wake-up call for all employees who want to know the truth about how their ‘promotability' is decided. Read it and reap.” ―Sam Horn, author of Tongue Fu! and Take the Bully by the Horns
“Corporate Confidential is a great resource for all levels, from new entrants to executives. Shapiro’s list of the most common mistakes managers can make, and how to avoid them, is a must-read for anyone interested in getting to the top―and staying there.” ―Tony Lee, editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal’s CareerJournal.com and CollegeJournal.com
“What you don't know can hurt you, especially in Corporate America. This is the eye-opening book every employee needs to read.” ―Lewis Maltby, President of the National Workrights Institute
“Corporate Confidential lifts the lid of the cauldron and lets employees see what's really going on inside their organizations whether they know it or not. But this book isn't just for employees. Smart executives and managers will treat this as a must-read for the good of their companies and their careers as well.” ―Tony Lee, editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal’s CareerJournal.com and CollegeJournal.com
“a terrific book...a must-read for anyone intent on managing career risk.” ―Anne Fisher
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Shapiro seems uniquely qualified to write this book, due to her background in Human Resources. And she's not afraid to say out loud what we've always suspected: The HR people are not your friends. They're protecting the company -- not you!
Shapiro's message can be summed up in one sentence. Whenever you're dealing with your company you're on the stage. Don't let your guard down, whether you're at a party or a one-on-one informal meeting. Watch your email. Don't make waves, gossip or sound negative.
If all this advice sounds elementary, you have never been a career consultant! Many of my savvy, sophisticated, experienced clients have trouble recognizing these rules. Even more resist. Some, like me, know all the rules but can't bring ourselves too follow them. Eventually we end up working for ourselves, with all the pluses and minuses.
This book explains why so many employees hire coaches and consultants to gain access to a confidential confidante -- a safety valve, sounding board and objective outsider. When you open up to someone off the job, you're more likely to keep quiet on the job. That's worth everything you pay an outsider and more.
Shapiro does not paint a pretty or pleasant picture. Need vacation? Take one week at a time. Take your second week six months later. Having a baby? You may or may not be eligible for Family Leave...Read more ›
The book specifies that the company draws a clear distinction, without telling you, whether you are someone the company wants to keep or get rid of. To make matters worse, in this highly litigious society, companies cannot and does not tell you which side you belong.
If a company thinks you are an unwanted employee, the last thing they tell you is say exactly that in fear of getting sued. Rather, they use various tactics such as giving you too much work, giving you the most stressful projects, and just making life difficult for you as possible so you will leave voluntarily. If you are one of the unwanted employees, it is best to leave. What is the litmus test? If the employer doesn't give you a counteroffer or show strong regret that you are leaving, then they wanted to get rid of you anyway and you made the right choice.
If you are one of the high performers who the company wants to keep, they make it as clear as possible. After all, no one gets sued for promoting an employee. The fact is companies identify employees who will never be downsized because they are indispensable. In effect, they are "Made" and they cannot be touched unless they really screw up their good standing with the corporation.
If you want to move up the corporate ladder, not only must you show competence, but you must show loyalty. You must prove yourself as someone the company can trust with their business, money, and personnel.
How can you prove yourself as someone trustworthy? Here are few pointers outlined in the book:
1)Don't threaten the company or your boss.Read more ›
That being said, I found the author to be a bit too much of a corporate cheerleader, and the book neglected some important caveats. A major theme of the book is to determine the corporation's real (hidden agenda) value system, honor it, and put yourself in alignment with it. What is not addressed is if that value system, upon examination, is incompatible with yours or toxic and corrupt (re: Enron.) The book is rather silent on this key issue, but then again, it's more of a "go along to get along" guide.
The book is also silent on several other key issues, such as a proactive career plan and exit strategy once a given job has reached diminishing returns for your career growth. Perhaps too many subjects for one book, but I thought it should be at least referenced. There sometimes (or often) comes a point that you simply won't be able to get along with the organization (or its culture or management), and it's time to leave.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's good to know what WILL be held against you. Very informative. As a minority, I feel that this book helps me to make more informed decisions about how I present myself to... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jean
I had a hard time at work and questioned myself about the gaps between what I learned and what are really happening at work places. Read morePublished 22 days ago by seonghee park
This is one of the scariest books you'll read all year.
You've done something mentioned in this book, and after reading it, you'll wonder how much it's damaged your... Read more
I don't care who you work for, or how well you job is going. GET THIS BOOK.
Never thought a book with this title would be a 'page turner,' but it's hard to put down. Read more
There's a lot of information in here that is helpful to the rising corporate employee. My best advice is to not let yourself get paranoid and think everything is happening to you;... Read morePublished 1 month ago by That Damn Redhead
This book has got it right. It all rings true and makes sense. This book tells you what management is really concerned about and how to use this information to succeed and be seen... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Me
good read . advice very to the point. some examples maybe a little extreme, for example cooperate handling of family leavePublished 3 months ago by P. Zhu