Summary of Eat or Be Eaten

Jungle Warfare for the Master Corporate Politician

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Eat or Be Eaten book summary
The corporate political jungle is truly Darwinian: only the strong (and nasty) survive.

Rating

7 Overall

7 Applicability

8 Innovation

8 Style

Recommendation

As the book jacket states, "There are plenty of books out there that show you how to climb the corporate ladder by applying the good old-fashioned virtues of honesty, integrity, loyalty and hard work. This book isn’t one of those." In fact, this manual isn’t for the faint of heart. It contains some of the nastiest, dirtiest tricks around for getting ahead, including how to punish your subordinates, take your supervisor’s job and spread vicious rumors. Although the battle imagery can be grating, what the author writes is (unfortunately) usually true. Those climbing the corporate ladder will benefit from his advice. Those already at the top apparently already know everything in this book. Still, it’s entertaining and easy to read - perfect for lunchtime. getAbstract recommends this book for corporate climbers willing to do what it takes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why it pays to be mean and nasty in the corporate world
  • Why self-preservation is a manager’s primary concern
  • Why you should surround yourself with talented people who will push you to the top
 

Summary

Welcome to the Jungle
If you work for a big corporation (or even a small company), then you already know working isn’t much different from war. Only the strong survive. Before getting into specific survival tactics, it’s important to know the basics. It’s whom you know. <...
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About the Author

Phil Porter has worked at some of the world’s most competitive companies, including McDonnell Douglas, Northern Telecom, Flowers Industries and General Dynamics. His corporate career spans more than 30 years.


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