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Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life) Hardcover – October 23, 2007
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There were many more tips that spoke directly to me ("the worst-case scenario is rarely as bad as you think", "power = knowing how to let things go" and "you can be strong without being obnoxious" are just a few).
Some tips were things I had practiced for years, others were things I had lost sight of during difficult times, others were things I realized I should have known for years but had never thought of and many I wished I had known years ago.
This book is the best I have read in years and I would recommend it to anyone at any point in their career. It is an excellent guide for women just entering the workforce as well as a great learning tool and reminder for those of us who have been in the workforce for any length of time.
I wouldn't necessarily want Black as my boss, but she's clearly a person with tremendous people skills. She's a born saleswoman, but she's not always "selling." She has a strong ego, but she knows how to delegate power and how to give credit to her subordinates.
The advice that Black gives is fine but is not the center of this book.
I believe some people might think it is a book written for young women, but I have a different take on it. She mentioned a lot of the qualities and personality traits that attributed to her success today that, really, not every one of my supervisors or bosses possess. And it is definitely true how little things make a difference in one's career and results of managing.
Unfortunately, she listened to her agent and "PR guru" -- the two women credited as having convinced her to write Basic Black -- and played her cards way too soon, cashing in with a fluffy collection of skin-deep anecdotes and common sense career advice ostensibly targeted to female, twenty-something "recently minted MBAs" but more appropriate for a Freshman college course on business management. Oddly, the book's most disappointing shortcoming is Black's surprising (perhaps self-serving?) acceptance and repetition of stereotypes about women as the weaker sex.
Notable flaws aside, it's a solid, breezy read that offers an engaging peek behind the curtain and guarantees I'll pick up that eventual memoir... so I guess the agent and PR guru weren't so wrong after all!
She has great tips, although I have heard most of them before in other books. If you are working on becoming an entrepreneur, than this is not the book for you. If you want to climb the Corporate Ladder, than this is the book for you.
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