Worth every penny! The nine chapters of this 175 page paperback book will guard those aiming for the executive level from treading water for years due to avoidable mistakes. The range of barriers considered is comprehensive, including technical, personal, interpersonal, and organizational factors. The book is based on author Joseph Rotman's many years as a top industry accountant and, laudably, his systematic surveys of other industry accountants.The lessons learned come directly from the trenches where careers are made or laid in the shade. For every one of the top 48 mistakes ruthlessly detailed specifics are given. Rotman writes with exceptional directness as to mistakes and their consequences, always with concrete, actionable guidance on how to keep from shooting yourself in the gut. I work more in the applied statistics line & for government as well as industry, but I recognize and flinch at much of what is discussed. For example, -- hard-coding cells that should have formulas, --incomplete double-checking, --lack of a reviewer --not confirming you are dealing with the right population --ineffective communication with bosses Rotman has nailed these concerns. This is a book not only for industry accountants but also for others who are responsible for providing appropriate, timely, trustworthy data/information in high stress, high stakes settings in right-now worlds with right-now technologies. It is further a sterling example of gender equitable writing in a corporate context, and as such could be a valuable component in B-school courses as well as corporate training. A great gift to yourself and those entering or aimed at the top of the ladder in corporate workplaces. This is very much, as the cover shows & the title says, an intelligence briefing from the trenches.