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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Silicon Valley Press (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9843905105
  • ISBN-13: 978-9843905109
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book for anyone who wants career success! ----------Marshall Goldsmith, author of MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

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

About the Author

Kathryn Ullrich leads Alumni Career Services for UCLA Anderson and is the founder of Silicon Valley-based executive recruiting firm Kathryn Ullrich Associates. Ullrich brings corporate world management experience from Siebel, Accenture, GTE, and Motorola. She founded a non-profit with the mission to develop women in technology.

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What a great book on how to get your career moving in the right direction.
Marlene Miller
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.
Adrian Ott, Author, The 24-Hour Customer
As an exec coach developing the leadership of both corporate execs and new MBAs, I've scanned (and even read!)
Pam Fox Rollin

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 28, 2010
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Getting to the Top is a rich resource for anyone aspiring to become a C level executive of any mid-size to large company.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pam Fox Rollin on August 25, 2010
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As an exec coach developing the leadership of both corporate execs and new MBAs, I've scanned (and even read!) many guides to career development. I've found very few of quality I can actually recommend to clients. This is one, and an especially thorough one. What's distinctive about this book is it combines the author's extensive experience with both exec and MBA populations - and the striving masses in between. The is a sober, realistic, practical guide, without being a slog to read. The book includes many quotes and career trajectories from career climbers and success stories. Perfect gift for MBAs, ambitious new hires, and anyone wanting to understand how to move up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on November 28, 2011
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Getting to the Top profiles pathways to senior leadership mostly in the sales, marketing and communications fields. The author walks through various job categories and then profiles a selection of executives in each functional area, allowing you to chart common pathways.

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.
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This book is a must read for anyone who aspires to achieve a mid to senior executive position. It also is helpful for senior executives and human resource personnel who want to improve their leadership and better mentor staff for career development. Having worked in an executive capacity in strategy, marketing and business development for many years both in and with large corporations as well as small entrepreneurial companies, I find that this book applies to employees across the gamut.

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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