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Errol L. Pierre with Jim Jermanok

Climbing the Corporate Mountain as a Professional of Color

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The Way Up by Errol L. Pierre with Jim Jermanok is an inspirational memoir that recounts the author's journey from poverty and adversity to achieving success and finding fulfillment. It offers valuable lessons on resilience and the power of perseverance.

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    Knowing where to aim

    The stories that people of color are told about themselves are often filtered through the people in power. This might leave you believing that the mountain is too hard to climb from where you stand. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. 

    Don’t let other people tell you your own story. Be proactive in learning about your cultural history, and the role models that can be found there.

    Did you know, for instance, that The Three Musketeers was based on the life of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas – a Haitian man who escaped slavery to become a top military officer in Paris? At the time, he was the highest ranking officer of African descent to lead a European army. And his story inspired his son, Alexandre, to write the world-famous adventure we know today. 

    So seek out the stories that inspire you. When you know your heroes, you begin to recognize yourself in them. 

    As well as learning about your history, tap into what drives you personally. It's normal to focus on financial security in the face of economic inequality: in the US, the average net income of white families is almost ten times greater than their Black peers. But as you progress, know that the best salary isn’t always the best next step. You need to find your purpose. 

    Why are you driven to lead and succeed in business? Identify the unique impact only you can make. Your purpose can propel you through nearly every challenge. And by discovering your why early on, you can make decisions that guide you toward your version of success. You’ll have a better perspective on the skills you need to gain, the experiences that might be valuable, and the people who can help you along the way.

    Set ambitious goals fueled by your higher purpose. If one pathway is blocked, it’s OK – that’s just one way up the mountain. Knowing your purpose means you can backtrack, and still keep your eye on the peak. 

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    What is The Way Up about?

    The Way Up (2022) is a career guidebook that provides professionals of color with empowering advice on climbing the corporate ladder. Drawing on interviews and lived experience, it tackles topics like expanding networks, overcoming impostor syndrome, and securing executive mentors. With motivating wisdom and practical strategies, it shows how to navigate workplace challenges and fulfill your leadership potential.

    The Way Up Review

    The Way Up (2021) by Errol L. Pierre with Jim Jermanok uncovers the transformative journey of overcoming obstacles and finding success. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Its inspiring narrative highlights the power of resilience and determination, leaving readers motivated to overcome challenges in their own lives.
    • Through a blend of personal stories and insightful advice, the book offers practical strategies for pursuing one's ambitions and reaching new heights.
    • With its captivating storytelling, the book keeps readers hooked, never allowing a dull moment while exploring the path to achievement.

    Who should read The Way Up?

    • Professionals of color 
    • Managers wanting to support diversity 
    • Leaders from diverse communities 

    About the Author

    Dr. Errol L. Pierre is a business executive, health-care strategist, professor, public speaker, and author. He currently teaches health economics at Columbia University, New York University, and Baruch College, and is on the board of multiple nonprofit organizations. 

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    What is the main message of The Way Up?

    The main message of The Way Up is to find your own path to success and fulfillment.

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    Is The Way Up a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Way Up is a worthwhile read for those seeking inspiration and guidance on achieving their goals.

    Who is the author of The Way Up?

    The author of The Way Up is Errol L. Pierre with Jim Jermanok.

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