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This is the fourth book I have read by Vance Packard. It concerns big business in America, how it is structured (as a pyramid though not to be confused with today's pyramid schemes) and how employees climb that pyramid to executive, company president, and chairman of the board. Though it is one of the driest yet of Packard's books, it was interesting to read about the amount of control and influence those companies wielded over their executives in the early 60s. It mattered what sort of wife th
Reading The Pyramid Climbers made me recall the accuracy of Michael Korda's books, Success! and Power! in the corporate world. The seven characteristics of successful executives in this book are eerily similar to what Korda advised people in Power!. The successful executive:1) Has a high tolerance for frustration;2) Encourages full participation;3) Continually questions oneself;4) Understands the rule of competitive hostility;5) Expresses hostility tactfully;6) Controls one's emotions;7) Snaps o...
a classic on org functioning, structures and interactions...
Basically American as for the data he analyzes, out of date for the most of it, but still interesting in some parts.
Getting to the top in these big organizations.
I read all of Vance Packard's books when I graduated college. They were actually recommended by a professor as a way to ease into a non-academic lifestyle.