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Publisher's Summary

Stealing the Corner Office is mandatory listening for smart, hardworking managers who always wonder why their seemingly incompetent superiors are so successful. It is a unique collection of controversial but highly effective tactics for middle managers and aspiring executives who want to learn the real secrets for moving up the corporate ladder. Unlike virtually all other business books - which are based on the assumption that corporations are logical and fair - Stealing the Corner Office explores the unconventional tactics people less competent than you use to get ahead and stay ahead. It is your proven playbook to thrive and win in an imperfect corporate world.

Stealing the Corner Office will teach you:

  • How incompetent people so often get ahead, and what you can learn from them
  • How to make universally flawed corporate policies work in your favor
  • Why showing too much passion for your ideas can be career suicide
  • Why delivering results should never be your highest priority

These and many more controversial tactics will change the way you look at your career and how you manage projects, people, and priorities. Apply the 10 principles in Stealing the Corner Office and watch your career take off!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Brendan Reid (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

"Whether you're a corporate newcomer or an entrenched executive, Stealing the Corner Office delivers a no-nonsense playbook that breaks the mold of conventional wisdom. Reid's unique style makes for a thought-provoking and entertaining read." (Yves Dupuis, Vice President of Sales, Jabra)

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Great advice and strategies, but too many examples

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This audio book was full of great advice and strategies for winning in the work place. It explains to you what works and what doesn't for getting promotions, but does this through the excessive use of example stories instead of just giving up facts and straight up advice. So you need to be able to read between the lines to get the most from the book.

To me it got tiresome listening to story after story, but it was worth it in the end for the immediate work place improvement I acquired.

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I wish I read this book 10 years ago.

I work in a big corporation myself and can see so many parralels between the book and the company I work with. I was playing against myself for so many years, pity I haven't read this book before.

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Will listen again!

Finished in two days! Easy to listen to and insightful. I learned some new strategies to implement.

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VILEST BOOK EVER, BUT SO APTLY TITLED!

Do you aspire to be the human equivalent of cancer? Do you lust after power, regardless of the consequences? Can you remain unaffected by the loathing of your coworkers? Are you completely unscrupulous? Well then, this is the book for you!

Why do many good people hate going to work? Perhaps it’s be because too many of their employer’s senior people are useless careerists. You know the type. They scoot up the corporate ladder by ass kissing, jargon spouting, positivity oozing, confidence projecting, fake-project spearheading, overdressing for success, shared interest feigning, phony smiling, blame-shifting, credit-stealing, etc. Good people will never get a fair shake where careerists reign.

These bottom feeders keep workplaces from ever being anything like a meritocracy. No matter how diligently and efficiently ordinary people work, and no matter how valuable their contribution actually is, the careerists will always be paid more than and promoted faster and higher. Careerists beat good people in the rat race as if they were standing still. By the time ordinary folk figure out the race is rigged, it’s too late.

This is the most repugnant garbage I’ve ever read. It will appeal to only to psychopaths/sociopaths and hard-core narcissists.

Read this book only if you want to understand how undeserving and egocentric people get ahead and keep companies and governments eternally corrupt and dysfunctional. But don’t expect to be able to use this advice without abandoning your integrity and selling your soul -- cheaply.

I’m going to spend the next three weeks washing my ears.

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Somewhat Cynical, but Realistic

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Definitely a good book for people who wish to climb the corporate ladder. It has a narrow focus on corporate success, so don't look here if you want to start a business or learn about personal finance. Some of the pieces of advice seem to contradict each other, but if you're smart you can pick out the techniques that will work in your workplace.

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An amazing study in mediocrity.

If you want to do the bare minimum, never stand out and skate by, then this is the book for you! It does a great job of showing someone how to rise in middle management while never truly doing anything great.

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Excellent Motivator

Would you listen to Stealing the Corner Office again? Why?

I would listen to this book again and again. Brendan in this book gets under the covers of what it takes to rise in the ranks of Corporate America (or corporate anywhere for this matter)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stealing the Corner Office?

False previous last-century practices such as Results-Oriented philosophy and holding other people in the organization accountable at the peer level.

Which scene was your favorite?

The summary chapter which contains a plan for advancing one's career.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had extreme reaction and I did laugh a lot.

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This book is so real that I felt that Brendan was sitting in the cubicle next to me and my co-workers. Before reading the book, I thought the situation I was in was really unique to me. it turned out it is not. Stagnant smart workers are all over corporate America and the incompetent managers are all over the place.

Brendan re-affirmed what I already knew about the reasons leading to promotion in an organization. I knew it was not technical skills or always proving that you are right and the others are wrong or being passionate about something and pushing it down the throats of co-workers and peers. I knew all that but I did not know why or what is the alternative.

Now I know that I need to really spend the effort and the time to manage my career by putting a promotion plan. I almost feel now that my career was auto pilot and I was waiting for someone to recognize the awesome stuff I was doing but I kept waiting in vain. This book explains fully and in a nice narrative manner how to manage your career.

Read it or listen to it.

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I loved it.

I'm reading his blogs. I really appreciate his insight. I hope he writes another audio book soon. A book on strategic planning or marketing might be nice.

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Embrace the dark side ...

Articulates things we all know to be true, are not nice to say or hear, and I intuitively we know work (but hate to admit).

Can used as a primer to better understand human interactions and your role (a positive experience). Or for evil to take advantage, slack and still win.

The reader must decide.

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Excellent book!

Herein lie the true principles of attaining success in the corporate world. I'll listen again to ensure this material really sinks in.

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Stand-out book on getting ahead at work!

Would you consider the audio edition of Stealing the Corner Office to be better than the print version?

The delivery is quite humorous, so there is a positive from the audio version.

What did you like best about this story?

After listening to this book I realised I was already doing some of the things discussed, now I know why they make a difference. It's a definite thought provoker... I've already recommended it to a few choice colleagues... but not too many! :-)

What does Dana Hickox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Yes the humour comes thru which makes it stand out more than the other business / self help books I've listened to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - and I did pretty much

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