The Way Up Book Summary - The Way Up Book explained in key points
Listen to the Intro

The Way Up summary

Errol L. Pierre with Jim Jermanok

Climbing the Corporate Mountain as a Professional of Color

18 mins
Table of Contents

    The Way Up
    Summary of 6 key ideas

    Audio & text in the Blinkist app
    Key idea 1 of 6

    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. 

    Want to see all full key ideas from The Way Up?

    Key ideas in The Way Up

    More knowledge in less time
    Read or listen
    Read or listen
    Get the key ideas from nonfiction bestsellers in minutes, not hours.
    Find your next read
    Find your next read
    Get book lists curated by experts and personalized recommendations.
    Shortcasts New
    We’ve teamed up with podcast creators to bring you key insights from podcasts.

    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.

    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. 

    Categories with The Way Up

    Books like The Way Up

    People ❤️ Blinkist
    Sven O.

    It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality. Added to that the apps ability to suggest kindred interests opens up a foundation of knowledge.

    Thi Viet Quynh N.

    Great app. Good selection of book summaries you can read or listen to while commuting. Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion.

    Jonathan A.

    Life changing. The concept of being able to grasp a book's main point in such a short time truly opens multiple opportunities to grow every area of your life at a faster rate.

    Renee D.

    Great app. Addicting. Perfect for wait times, morning coffee, evening before bed. Extremely well written, thorough, easy to use.

    People also liked

    Start growing with Blinkist now
    28 Million
    Downloads on all platforms
    4.7 Stars
    Average ratings on iOS and Google Play
    Of Blinkist members create a better reading habit*
    *Based on survey data from Blinkist customers
    Powerful ideas from top nonfiction

    Try Blinkist to get the key ideas from 7,000+ bestselling nonfiction titles and podcasts. Listen or read in just 15 minutes.

    Start your free trial