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4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 4.09 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathie Black Narrator: Cathie Black Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780739354537
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Cathie Black is the wise, funny mentor that every woman dreams of having. She was a pioneer in advertising sales at a time when women didn’t sell; served as president and publisher of the fledgling USA Today; and, in her current position as the president of Hearst Magazines, persuaded Oprah to launch a magazine. In 2006 she was named one of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business” for the seventh consecutive year. Now, in the exuberant, down-to-earth voice that is her trademark, Cathie explains how she achieved “the 360° life”—a blend of professional accomplishment and personal contentment—and how any woman can seize opportunity in the workplace. 

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. - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com/audio/catalog/display.php?isbn=9780739354537#sthash.5sCqMZT5.dpuf

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Quotes & Awards

  • I’m a big Cathie Black fan–in part because we both believe that where you come from in no way determines where you can get to. If you think it, you can create it.Cathie’s career is living proof of that and her experiences, both professional and personal, make for fascinating reading. The life lessons in these pages are smart, true, and reassuring, no matter where you are in your career. Suze Orman, author of Women and Money and The Nine Steps to Financial Freedom
  • Cathie Black is exactly the kind of mentor every woman needs: a talented executive at the top of her game willing to tell it like it really is. Imagine having a private lunch with one of the most powerful women in business, and then feast on her wonderful book. Basic Black is among the very best insider accounts of how to succeed as a leader. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School professor and author of Confidence and America the Principled
  • Cathie Black demystifies the workplace with her typical brand of pragmatic insight and engaging humor. Basic Black provides a practical guide to the traits we see demonstrated by our greatest leaders at GE---passion, drive, attitude, risk taking, and the ability to nurture and develop great talent. I had fun reading Basic Black, and thought to myself...This is someone I would like to work for. Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE
  • As every woman needs basic black in her wardrobe, she also needs Basic Black on her bookshelf. This is the perfect handbook on getting ahead while staying true to yourself. Donna Karan, Designer
  • Basic Black does a great job of telling the story of how Cathie deftly navigated the challenges of the workplace and the media business, while also trying to balance the demands of a busy life. Her practical tips on handling typical workplace situations make this an important read for any woman who wants to become a better colleague, a better leader ... and a better person. Meg Whitman, President & CEO, eBay Inc.
  • Bravo for Basic Black! After reading this book, I understand more than ever why Cathie Black is the huge success she is today. She’s totally fearless! She shares her triumphs, but perhaps best of all, she shares her mistakes so that we can learn from them. I love her candor. Whether you're starting your career or going full throttle, you will benefit from Cathie's insights into business--and life. Basic Black is a true must-read.
    Gayle King, editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 2/8/2014

    " Great book for mid-level career women reading to take it to the next level "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/31/2014

    " This book is one of the greatest gifts my father has ever given me. This is a fantastic book and you do not have to be in the corporate world to benefit from its contents. I would recommend this book to women at any stage in their careers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janette | 1/29/2014

    " Not everything applied to me because I am not a "super-go-getter" and this lady definatley is all about climbing that corporate ladder. There are some great tips and tricks in it- non the less. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 1/6/2014

    " Skimmed for personal stories and basic information. Suggested reading by professional job hunters although I did not find it very useful overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amweeks | 1/5/2014

    " Excellent book for new professionals entering the business world. Great advice on how to move up the ladder and how to manage the difficulties of a corporate environment. There are also great tips for managers and how to manage different personalities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 1/1/2014

    " Everyone should own a copy of this book. The information inside is invaluable if you are looking to succeed in any vocation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 1/1/2014

    " A business book that actually has some practical and workable advice. Didn't focus so much on how to manage other people, as it did on how to manage yourself around other people. Good advice on taking risks and making decisions and whatnot--all stuff that it's good for women to hear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Smith | 1/1/2014

    " Very inspiring. Good stories and tips about what to do and what not to do at work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 12/25/2013

    " I agree with the reviewer that wrote this is a cross between a memoir and advice book. The name dropping and long stories were a bit annoying. But that being said, I did learn a couple things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 12/14/2013

    " It's a quick, entertaining read. Cathie Black's personality leaps off the pages and I found myself easily drawn in. While it was enjoyable, I didn't feel there was anything groundbreaking within its pages. It was, however, a nice reminder of the things I find important in my career and life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristina | 12/12/2013

    " This book has great recommendations not just for women who are starting in the workforce but for all women in general. It's comforting to know that we all started some place and that the learning curve continues by making mistakes but by also being assertive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 12/11/2013

    " Very motivational and uplifting. A great book for young women to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrycja Rabiej | 12/2/2013

    " Great read, educational and interesting, Cathie gives a lot of insights when it comes to taking your carrier to the next level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 10/26/2013

    " This reads like a text book at times, but definitely offers up great work/life advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 6/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and found it an inspiring read! If you're looking for a "guide" this may not be what you expect, but I found the narrative style enjoyable to read, and I think her advice is spot on in many aspects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carin | 6/1/2013

    " I'm listening to this one in my car. It's kind of repetitive and unorganized, but she has some good points. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Mordini | 3/30/2013

    " Love Cathie. Great stories from the business world, told with humor modesty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia F. | 1/8/2013

    " A great book for someone just out of college, but mostly includes a lot of common sense information for those already in the working world. Very interesting stories and anecdotes if you work in media - may not be so interesting if you are not in the industry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 12/30/2012

    " Excellent book. How to get ahead in life and work. I liked how it was organized. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jblink75 | 12/27/2012

    " Great basic book for those starting out in Corporate America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 6/12/2012

    " I thought this book was very helpful. It gave some pretty good advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alli | 4/11/2012

    " This books has very practical career advice. I would advise anyone to read it, especially people who are pretty new to the work world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 2/8/2012

    " I love books that can guide me through new things, and I love learning from successful people. This one really is BASIC, though. It has great tips, but is not too deep. Good start but left me wanting a lot more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 10/25/2011

    " This is a great book that will inspire anyone no matter where you are in your career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 7/2/2011

    " This is a great book for any woman. Specially if you work in a business or with lots of guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 6/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book and found it an inspiring read! If you're looking for a "guide" this may not be what you expect, but I found the narrative style enjoyable to read, and I think her advice is spot on in many aspects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maigh | 5/4/2011

    " Deliciously transparent view into the missteps and successes of an admirable professional. Have already caught myself passing along some of the nuggets I took away from the read. Thanks to Wendy for the recco! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/11/2011

    " Love Cathie. Great stories from the business world, told with humor modesty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/1/2011

    " Excellent read. I hadn't heard much about Cathie Black prior to reading this book but hearing her story, and her advice for women wanting to get ahead......really invaluable. I've gone back and re-read this several times, it's that good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/27/2010

    " For any woman embarking on a career or in the throes of one--this is your bible! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/2/2010

    " I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like some good advice on how to advance in your career. It is also well written and entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 8/22/2010

    " Great career advice. I've got some work to do... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/16/2010

    " This book is one of the greatest gifts my father has ever given me. This is a fantastic book and you do not have to be in the corporate world to benefit from its contents. I would recommend this book to women at any stage in their careers. "

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