The Dark Arts of Career Management


“Whether you’re a corporate newcomer or an entrenched executive, Stealing the Corporate 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


Stealing the Corner Office

The Winning Strategies They’ll Never Teach You in Business School

 Brendan Reid

 Why does it always seem the co-workers who get the promotions aren’t as hardworking or smart as you?

 “Somewhere in my formative years, like many young managers, I got into my head that the secret to success came from being smarter, working harder, and executing reliably,” says Brendan Reid, author and senior executive.  “I’ve since learned that being smarter is not, in fact, the smartest way to the top. The real secret to career success lies in the tactics of the successful executives we don’t like to talk about – the Incompetent Executives.”

 STEALING THE CORNER OFFICE: The Winning Career Strategies They’ll Never Teach You in Business School (Career Press, May 2014) is a unique collection of controversial but highly effective strategies for middle managers and aspiring executives who want to learn the real secrets for moving up the corporate ladder.

 Examining the behaviors and tactics of ‘Incompetent Executives’: those average and below average managers who make it big, STEALING THE CORNER OFFICE curates a set of practical lessons that talented managers can add to their arsenals and finally reach their potential in the corporate world.

 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 required to make universally flawed corporate policies work in your favor.


The Playing Field: The top 6 corporate dynamics you need to turn in your favor.

 The Competition: Smart-but-Stationary Managers; Incompetent Executives, and Lost Souls

The Seven Lessons to Stealing the Corner Office, including Embrace the Changes Everyone Else Hates, Avoid the Farce of Results Orientation, Don’t Hold People Accountable, Never Be Passionate About Your Ideas

The New Career Playbook: What you can do, starting TOMORROW, to get ahead.

 These and many more controversial - but effective strategies will change the way you look at your career and how you manage projects, people and priorities. STEALING THE CORNER OFFICE is mandatory reading for smart, hardworking managers who always wonder why their seemingly incompetent superiors are so successful while they are stuck in career stagnation.

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Brendan Reid (@brendanmreid) is an accomplished business consultant and marketing executive who has built a career by breaking with corporate convention. For nearly 20 years he has studied the too-often-ignored human side of corporate dynamics that create the imperfect corporate world we work in.

 Reid is currently a senior executive at a high growth technology firm.

 Unlike most business writers, who focus on the righteous side of business and career management, Reid delves into the more unconventional tactics people use to get ahead and stay ahead. In STEALING THE CORNER OFFICE he draws on his experiences as a struggling middle manager and the startling revelations that became the foundation for the career strategy that catapulted him into the executive ranks. Reid lives in Toronto, Canada.


Brendan Reid

Career Press

978-1-60163-320-0; $15.99

May 2014