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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; and
  • Why you should surround yourself with talented people who will push you to the top.

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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