The Secret Handshake:

Mastering the Politics of the Business Inner Circle

This ground-breaking work offers access to the boardroom, and advice on getting noticed, networking, persuasion and mastering the art of quid pro quo. A professor of management and highly sought-after consultant, Kathleen Kelley Reardon has worked with many of the nation's leading corporations. Drawing on interviews with executives from Fortune 500 companies, she has compiled essential advice on how to break into the inner circle of power at the top of the corporate ladder. Many books cover practical business knowledge, but few address the issue of interpersonal skills. The ever-changing circle of power within a corporation may not necessarily follow the same guidelines it publicly professes. The most talented employee isn't always the one promoted; there is an intangible quality the upper echelon look for. It may not come naturally, but it can be learned. Kathleen Kelley Reardon's guide to organizational politics gives you the navigational skills needed to reach the top. Narrator Ruth Ann Phimister will leave you feeling as if you've had an enlightning conversation with a caring mentor.

Author Biography

Kathleen Kelley Reardon, Ph.D, is a professor of management at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California; a consultant and speaker at such major corporations as Pfizer, Siemens, Epson, IBM, News Corporation, and Toyota; and one of HuffingtonPost.com's signature and top bloggers, whose writing is frequently picked up and featured on Yahoo. She has appeared on Good Morning America with Charlie Gibson and Nancy Snyderman, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and Bloomberg. She is the author of nine books, including The Secret Handshake, It's All Politics, and The Skilled Negotiator. Dr. Reardon is also a distinguished fellow of First Star, which advocates for the rights and education of children at risk. She lives in Rhode Island.

Reader Biography

Ruth Ann Phimister has appeared off Broadway and in numerous regional productions, including Life with Father with Robert Reed. She has also worked in television, film, and commercial voice-over.

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