Cracking the Corporate Code

  • by Price M. Cobbs, Judith L. Turnock
  • Narrated by Jane Ellen
  • 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Despite decades of social progress and legal reform, minorities still face obstacles on the path to success, both internal and external, from cultural insensitivity to outright prejudice, from isolation to over-scrutiny.
Cracking the Corporate Code looks at the factors that have framed the careers of 32 African-American executives, whose accomplishments have made valuable contributions to the success of organizations ranging from Pepsi, Kraft, GE, Merrill Lynch, and Miller Brewing to Prudential, Sears, Verizon, American Express, Chrysler, and BP. These men and women, in wide-ranging interviews, discuss what motivated them, recount sources of support and conflict, and reveal the strategies they developed to acquire and use power and to achieve undisputed corporate results.
The authors have analyzed the experiences selectively, resulting in a book that is both an inspiration and a call to action. Cracking the Corporate Code is an eye-opening and practical guide for anyone who seeks to blend professional, personal, and cultural identities into an individual formula for success.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

more like a lecture

Maybe I gave up too soon, it just seemed that it was all preface. I wanted to read about the lives of these successful people and their unique challenges. Too little biography and too much lesson.
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- Rosamond Gianutsos

Good Read.

If you could sum up Cracking the Corporate Code in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, Entertaining and Motivating.

What did you like best about this story?

It showed me that my experiences are neither new nor uncommon... that there is a way to overcome common challenges many people of African descent experience in a Caucasian work place and culture.

The narrative brought the insights to life, and made them meaningful.

Have you listened to any of Jane Ellen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

None before. I would like to hear more of her performances.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

None in particular... the book is inspiring on a whole.

Any additional comments?

It would have been nice to hear success stories from more contemporary black businessmen and women. The people covered often said that a big part of there success was not having too much competition against other black people in their field so it's easier for them to have developed their respective niches.

As someone in their mid 20's in 2013, I'd like to hear to climb of those closer to my age... what their backgrounds are and how they came to know their success in this day and age.

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- Samantha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios