All I Really Need to Know in Business I Learned at Microsoft by Julie Bick
Product description In a national best-seller, a veteran manager at Microsoft offers a peek at the strategies of one of the world's most successful companies, providing advice on all aspects of business and illuminating his tips with anecdotes from the company. Reprint. From Library Journal Bick, a past senior product manager for Microsoft, has written a primer on business. She covers how to do a job well, run the company, be a good boss, communicate effectively, and manage a career. Her book is a collection of examples and anecdotes, with each chapter having several sections of six to ten lessons apiece. It is doubtful whether a successful manager would gain new insights from this book, but the neophyte or wannabe may wish to read it. Microsoft management does not appear to be committed to the "time away from work to have a life" view recommended by the author, as evidenced by all the jokes and comments about working before 8:00 a.m., many evenings a week, and late into the night. On only one page is there mention of the manager as a parent. Interestingly, the author is now a consultant for Microsoft, with a newborn child. An optional purchase for public libraries.?Peggy D. Odom, Texas Lib. Assn., Waco Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review Dr. Stephen R. Covey Author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People "I was both surprised and pleased that such a small, humorous handbook could provide such substantial and intuitive lessons for building a more synergistic business culture -- and what an amazing quilt of insights about one of the greatest business organizations ever!" -- Review From the Publisher Veteran Microsoft manager Julie Bick takes you behind the scenes at one of the world's most successful companies to share the invaluable lessons she learned there. And she shows you how to use these tips to put your career in high gear, no matter what industry you're in. Engaging and user-friendly, this insider's guide to field-tested Microsoft strategies covers topics relevant to all aspects of your professional life -- from managing your career, to leading a winning team, to running your own business. With humor and insight, Bick reveals what she learned from her teammates, her competitors, and her mistakes, illuminating every piece of advice with actual anecdotes from life at Microsoft. You'll discover the secrets that keep everyone at the company -- from the freshest Microsoftie to Bill Gates himself -- one step ahead. Whatever your profession or ambition, there's no arguing with success. And this book will give you all you need to merge into the fast lane on the road ahead. About the Author Julie Bick is a magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University, and a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1990, she joined Microsoft, where she was a product manager for Microsoft World and Microsoft Office and then a group manager overseeing more than twenty CD-ROM products. As a group manager, she led her team to achieve a 100 percent revenue increase in a single year, and won the 1995 Leadership Award for the Consumer Division.