Summary of Expect to Win

Proven Strategies for Success from a Wall Street Vet

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Expect to Win book summary
Investment banker Carla A. Harris offers practical, realistic advice on thriving in today’s competitive workplace.


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The author of this inspirational career guide is a black female managing director at a top Wall Street investment bank. And if that weren’t enough, she’s also a recording artist and gospel singer in her spare time. Carla A. Harris emphasizes developing your “authentic self” in the workplace, setting your career plan and taking responsibility for your professional advancement. She also tells a great personal story in this realistic, readily accessible book, summarizing her insights as “Carla’s Pearls” at the end of each chapter. While her advice may ring familiar tones with most corporate veterans, Harris says her book will boost “women, women of color, and anyone (men, too) who desires to maximize their potential and claim their power in a professional environment.” getAbstract wholeheartedly concurs and considers this worthwhile material, particularly for those who seek guidance and encouragement at the start of their careers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How your career plan can represent your “authentic self”;
  • How sponsors, mentors and advisers can help your career; and
  • Why you should develop your “voice” at work.


The Value of Authenticity
When you’re hired for a job, it confirms that you have a unique set of skills, abilities and personality traits that your employer wants over those of other candidates. This is your competitive advantage in the workplace. The skills and talents you bring also ...
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About the Author

Fortune magazine named Morgan Stanley managing director Carla A. Harris to its “Most Influential List” in 2005. Black Enterprise magazine hailed Harris as one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street” in 2006.

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