Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)
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Publishers Weekly released its bestseller list late last month. A Thousand Splendid Suns topped the fiction category, while The Secret took the top nonfiction spot. But, those books get enough love, so we thought we would list the business titles that show up on the list (they list all books that sold over 100,000 copies in calender year 2007). READ FULL DESCRIPTION
No matter where you are in your career, "Basic Black" offers invaluable lessons that will help you land the job, promotion, or project you're vying for. At the core of the book are Cathie's candid, personal stories. She walks us through her decision to risk dropping a huge ad agency that handled the "USA Today" campaign in favor of a small boutique agency run by a wild man. (It was a smash.) She admits that her sometimes brusque style once led to a mutiny of staffers at Ms. (She learned to be more flexible in her managerial style.) She offers a clear-eyed look at what happened during the twenty-eight months between the launch and the close of the much-
buzzed-about "Talk" magazine. And throughout, she offers fascinating glimpses of media and business personalities, such as Rupert Murdoch, Tina Brown, Frank Bennack, Vic Ganzi, former "CosmoGirl!" editor Atoosa Rubenstein, Bonnie Fuller, and the legendarily difficult Al Neuharth, founder of "USA Today."
Above all, "Basic Black" is motivating. It provides a close-up look at the keen judgment, perseverance, and optimism that have propelled Cathie Black to the top of her game, along with the kind of straight-up practical advice you get in a one-on-one session with a career coach. You'll find out how to handle job interviews, which rules to break, and why you should make your life a grudge-free zone. Equally important, you'll be inspired to pursue your passions and achieve your very best.