Portable Executive (Paperback)

Building Your Own Job Security - From Corporate Dependence to Self-Direction

By John A. Thompson, Catharine A. Henningsen

Touchstone Books, 9780684818917, 272pp.

Publication Date: February 6, 1996

List Price: 18.95*
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The downsizing of America -- once thought to be a temporary cost-cutting measure to boost profit margins -- has brought a swift end to the era of lifetime employment. Given the fact that these terminations are nationwide, affect every industry, and are usually neither fault-based nor predictable, no executive is immune.
Based on interviews with over 100 now-portable executives who were among the first casualties of downsizing, The Portable Executive explores the unlimited opportunities available to those who are independent, self-directed, and willing to work on a contract basis. It explains:
  • How to make a smooth transition to becoming portable
  • How to identify, continually update, and market your skills
  • Why companies that downsize full-time employees are willing to hire executives on an as-needed basis
  • How and why the relationship between employers and executives has changed from boss/worker to peer/peer

And much more -- including how to invent a business, what to charge clients, how to network, market, and sell yourself as a personal service business entity, and, most important, how to enjoy a greater sense of creativity, satisfaction, and long-term job security than ever before.

About the Author

John A. Thompson is the founder of IMCOR, the nation's first and most successful interim management firm. He lives in Westport, Connecticut. Catharine A. Henningsen is a writer and consultant whose articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and other periodicals. She lives in Branford, Connecticut

Praise For Portable Executive: Building Your Own Job Security - From Corporate Dependence to Self-Direction

Stephen G. Harrison
President, Lee Hecht Harrison

...The Portable Executive should become corporate required reading.


Thompson's advice...may soon supplant Bolles' oh-so-tired What Color Is Your Parachute?

Peter Senge
Sloan School Of Management, MIT; Author of The Fifth Discipline

The Portable Executive provides the perspective and the practical advice to help once-secure executives through [a] terrifying yet potentially liberating life transition.