Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling

Career Strategies for Asians

by Jane Hyun

On Sale: 05/03/2005

Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling

Career Strategies for Asians

by Jane Hyun

On Sale: 05/03/2005


About the Book

You're educated and ambitious. Sure, the hours are long and corporate politics are a bane, but you focus on getting the job done, confident that you will be rewarded in the long run. Yet, somehow, your hard work isn't paying off, and you watch from the sidelines as your colleagues get promoted. Those who make it to management positions in this intensely competitive corporate environment seem to understand an unwritten code for marketing and aligning themselves politically. Furthermore, your strong work ethic and raw intelligence were sufficient when you started at the firm, but now they're expecting you to be a rainmaker who can "bring in clients" and "exert influence" on others. The top of the career ladder seems beyond your reach. Perhaps you've hit the bamboo ceiling.

For the last decade, Asian Americans have been the fastest growing population in the United States. Asians comprise the largest college graduate population in America, and are often referred to as the "Model Minority" – but they continue to lag in the American workplace. If qualified Asians are entering the workforce with the right credentials, why aren't they making it to the corner offices and corporate boardrooms?

Career coach Jane Hyun explains that Asians have not been able to break the "bamboo ceiling" because many are unable to effectively manage the cultural influences shaping their individual characteristics and workplace behavior—factors that are often at odds with the competencies needed to succeed at work. Traditional Asian cultural values can conflict with dominant corporate culture on many levels, resulting in a costly gap that individuals and companies need to bridge. The subtle, unconscious behavioral differences exhibited by Asian employees are often misinterpreted by their non-Asian counterparts, resulting in lost career opportunities and untapped talent.

Never before has this dichotomy been so thoroughly explored, and in this insightful book, Hyun uses case studies, interviews and anecdotes to identify the issues and provide strategies for Asian Americans to succeed in corporate America. Managers will learn how to support the Asian members of their teams to realize their full potential and to maintain their competitive edge in today's multicultural workplace.

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Critical Praise

“A well-written, easy to read and thorough compendium for every Asian who wants to move up the ladder.” - Susan RoAne, the nation's undisputed networking expert, keynote speaker and author of How To Create Your Own Luck and How To Work a Room

“[This] is the book Asian Americans in the workplace have needed for decades.” - Paul Tokunaga, author of Invitation to Lead: Guidance for Emerging Asian American Leaders

Hyun’s help is multiple... Enlightening—and very necessary. - Booklist

“A useful guide for anyone seeking advice on how to get ahead in business.” - Kirkus Reviews

“An important book for anyone hoping the make that career move…and realize his full professional potential.” - Korea Times

“Should be required reading for both Asian and non-Asian readers.” - Dennis Ling, Senior Vice President, Global Finance and Treasurer, Avon Products, Inc.

“Jane shows how cultural values can adversely impact workplace behavior, and provides tips for overcoming those differences.” - Kate Wendleton, President, The Five O'Clock Club, a national career coaching and outplacement organization, and author of Targeting a Great Career, among other books

“This much-needed work ... will be hugely valuable to anyone who’s interested in achieving cultural fluency in the workplace.” - Patrice A. Hall, Managing Director and Head of Diversity, JPMorganChase

“Jane Hyun confronts the dilemma of how to be an Asian in America...a truly valuable and insightful resource.” - J.D. Hokoyama, President and CEO, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP)

“Powerful ... Hyun presents valuable strategic and tactical next steps that Asian professionals can implement to advance their careers.” - Philip Berry, Vice President, Global Workplace Initiatives, Colgate-Palmolive

“A clear, straightforward guide to easing cultural barriers between Asian Americans and their non-Asian counterparts.” - Luke Visconti, Partner/Cofounder, DiversityInc.

“Knowing yourself and the values that you hold are integral steps to developing leadership competencies... A must read .” - Jim Loehr, Principal, LGE Performance Systems, author of Power of Full Engagement, and creator of the Corporate Athlete Training System

“Provocative, thoughtful, and engaging ... offers insights and strategies for all persons of Asian descent striving for career advancement and success.” - Diane Yu, Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President, New York University

“I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is committed to diversity and inclusion.” - Dr. Johnnetta Cole, President, Bennett College for Women

“Read this book and find out how best to manage your career in today’s multicultural workplace.” - Kyung H. Yoon, Vice Chair, Heidrick and Struggles

“(Empowers) individuals to take charge of their careers and gives them the tools to navigate the corporate structure.” - David Chu, Founder and former President and CEO, Nautica, Inc.

“(Gives) a set of maps to define, measure and envision professional lives... Hyun reveals truths that often remain unspoken.” - Phoebe Eng, Creative Director, The Opportunity Agenda and author, Warrior Lessons: An Asian American Woman's Journey into Power

“Inspiring and engaging! Every Asian professional and student, (and) anyone who works with them, should read this book.” - Jino Ahn, President and Founder, Asian Diversity, Inc.

“Finally! A book that addresses the truth and shatters so many myths and misconceptions about Asian Americans in the workplace.” - Vincent Yee, National President, NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals)

“Addresses an issue that most of corporate America and diversity experts have been silent about... [an] important work.” - Professor David Thomas, Harvard Business School and Author of Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America

“Practical, personable and strategic, Jane Hyun is the workplace mentor every Asian American would like to have.” - Eric Liu, Author of Guiding Lights and The Accidental Asian

“Read it, and find clarity about who you are and what you want to become.” - Eric Liu, Author of Guiding Lights and The Accidental Asian

“Filling a void where generic career guides leave off, this is a crucial handbook for anyone in today’s multicultural workplace.” - Asian Fortune

“[Shows] where the gaps between the Asian American and business perspectives are, and how we can bridge these differences.” - Jade magazine

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060731199
  • ISBN 10: 0060731192
  • Imprint: HarperBusiness
  • On Sale: 05/03/2005
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:31.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Careers / General
  • BISAC2 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
  • BISAC3 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management

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