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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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"Your number one job is to keep your job," Shapiro, a former human resources executive, writes in this informed and disillusioned take on the corporate life, so don't ever "publicly complain, disagree or express a negative view," take more than one week of vacation at a time, "volunteer," or "tell anyone what you're doing." When asked to do anything, acceptable responses are "sure" and "of course," always accompanied by a smile. Your dress style "should match as closely as possible the style of those at the top." Don't make friends at work-it's "deadly" to want to be liked. The book reads like a guerilla survival manual for the employment jungle written by a hardened survivor ("Do you feel there's something...looming over your career, but can't quite put your finger on it? It's not your imagination. It's real."), and explains why companies preach enlightened attitudes-but don't practice them-and why managers and co-workers will not tell you about your career-limiting moves. Though Shapiro's this-is-war outlook may fit some workplaces, her mercenary advice won't work for people whose number one job is to get a job that doesn't require these sacrifices.
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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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Cynthia writes this book from the perspective of HR and it gives it a really interesting angle. Her no-nonsense, no-fluff approach to what you need to know, and what nobody teaches you, is something that you need to grab and listen to with vigilance. This is the stuff that can make or break your career and you don't want to be one of those employees who has nothing to show for years and years of hard work except bitterness at an "unfair" system. Just learn how the system works and you will have a different story to tell.
Thank you Cynthia for deciding to write this book. I will now do my part on helping this information spread and reach the right eyes and ears.