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Getting to the Top: Strategies for Career Success Paperback – July 15, 2010
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Getting to the Top is a real-world mix of executive recruiting, career development, and career coaching advice that teaches you how to take control of your own career advancement. ----------Annmarie Neal, PsyD, Chief Talent Officer and VP, Cisco Center of Collaborative Leadership
This author really knows her stuff! This is one of the most unique and complete career guides that I ve ever come across. You won t find everyday tips here. The author not only chronicles her own experience and lessons learned, but provides the rich experience and stories of many (very significant) others. ------ --Beverly Kaye, CEO, Career Systems International and author of Love Em or Lose Em
Award-Winning Finalist in the Business: Careers category of the Best Books 2010 Awards --Sponsored by USA Book News
This author really knows her stuff! This is one of the most unique and complete career guides that I ve ever come across. You won t find everyday tips here. The author not only chronicles her own experience and lessons learned, but provides the rich experience and stories of many (very significant) others. --------Beverly Kaye, CEO, Career Systems International and author of Love Em or Lose Em
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The written by and based on the experience of Kathryn Ullrich. She brings a world of hands on, real life experience to this book. In her current position as an executive recruiter in Silicon Valley and as moderator of the Getting to the Top career development programs at Stanford and UCLA, she has first hand experience on what it takes to get to the top.
The book is divided into four sections. Section one deals with career strategy and success defined. Section two explores the various career paths available for getting to the top. Section three discusses CEOs at the top. Section four goes into detail about the skills needed at the top and section five outlines a career plan for getting to the top.
Who will benefit from this book? In my opinion, the earlier you are in your career, the more benefit you will derive from this book. If you are looking at retiring in the next few years, you probably will not have enough time left on the job to benefit from the wisdom and advice in this book.
If you are working in very small companies or government agencies, this book will not be extremely useful to you.
So who does that leave? In my opinion, the real target audience for this book is the young manager working for mid-size to large companies who is charting a course that will take her/him to the top.
I found section four to be the most interesting and valuable. Here Ullrich goes into great detail about the skills necessary to be successful. These skills are: Strategic vision, customer perspective, communications, team leadership and distinguishing skills.Read more ›
I work in public relations, and I found the advice in the corporate communications section to be fair, but thin. The executives profiled are reasonably successful people. I live in the Midwest, but the book focused exclusively on Silicon Valley types, so lots of tech companies. I would probably classify them as being among the top 25 percent of professionals in the field, but not the very cream of the crop.
The book offers some advice early on that the advent of LinkedIn lets you peek at resumes online of people in your desired career path. You could do that alone and derive more value than is found in the book. However if you are looking to completely shift gears in your career, say from engineering to marketing, this book might be a good starting point. If you are simply looking to climb the ladder in your current field, you may be better served finding some role models and perusing the work experience of leaders in your field via LinkedIn.
Positive: An 'easy' reading style that is accessible to anyone wanting to reach the top ranks. Specifically focuses on those in marketing, HR, PR and marketing offshoots like product development and brand management. Details mini-resume cases of executives from their education to where they worked and how they feel they got there. Excellent light reading to help fuel career aspirations.
Negative: While the mini-resume sections are great, I felt they dragged on a little too long. I would have liked to see more of the book dedicated to the tools and techniques used at the top, and less used to 'fill pages' with resume after resume.
Overall: Absolutely buy it! The minor negative of a padded resume (heh) section are more than overlooked in light of the massive amount of quality information about how to skyrocket your career. If you're a marketing major, this book should be on your shelf. Light enough to re-read but heavy enough to impart real facts.
Based on more than one-hundred senior executive interviews, plus insights from Kathryn's extensive expertise as a corporate recruiter and UCLA Anderson Alumni counselor, this book is perhaps the most comprehensive executive career guide of its type in the market. The book contains many tangible examples with resumes and career paths from real-world CEOs and VPs so you can apply this to your own career advancement.
Getting to the Top is the What Color is Your Parachute for MBAs - or anyone with career ambitions!
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What a great book on how to get your career moving in the right direction. I love how each chapter takes the reader to the next step in the career phasesPublished on September 10, 2013 by Marlene Miller
The corporate ladder is a tall and daunting one. "Getting to the Top: Strategies for Career Success" is a guide for gaining that all important advancement in one's life and moving... Read morePublished on September 11, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
A readable and insightful guide to career success that fills in the many gaps left by other books. A great mix of practical advice, relevant examples, and big picture career... Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by Avid Reader