Saturday, August 06, 2005

Getting blackballed....

Dear fellow 9 to 5ers,

“You’ll get run out the industry for this!”

That’s what a colleague told me recently. Until then it’d never crossed my mind that KNOCK THE HUSTLE: How to save Your Job and Your Life from Corporate America (August 31, 2005) would get me blackballed from my industry. But over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten hate e-mails from companies telling me that I’d never work there again and from industry professionals containing phrases like, “shut-up” and “you have no right to say this stuff” and “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

I’ve spent 13 years on the corporate grind building brands for everyone from AT&T to Cingular Wireless to Mercedes Benz to Sprite and others. I was a respected and in-demand ad professional, consistently turning down more jobs than I ever took—that is, until a few months ago. That’s when the excerpts, press releases, and op-ed columns went out. That’s when my phone stopped ringing and my calls stopped being returned.

I guess that’s what happens when you write a book that challenges corporate diversity (it’s a scam—the marketing industry remains, by design, as lily-white as ever), corporate ethics (Madison Ave. has plenty of ethics, just no morals), agency/client relationships (pimps up/hos down), focus groups/timesheets (too much CYA’ing for them to be effective), corporate hierarchies (too many bosses, not enough leaders), consumer culture (marketers are pied pipers—we can’t criticize pop culture without looking in the mirror first)…

But it’s okay. Besides hate mail and threats, KNOCK THE HUSTLE is starting to get some solid buzz. Pre-orders are slowly but steadily rolling in. Media outlets are calling for interviews and review copies. (I’m even starting to get speaking engagements.)

Truth is, no amount of venom can stop the truth. KNOCK THE HUSTLE: How to save Your Job and Your Life from Corporate America by Hadji Williams is about to change the corporate game for good. It’s packed with everything you’re afraid to say, strategies and solutions to actually do it, and enough insight and inspiration to keep fighting until the victory is yours. (Plus it’s just a hot, hilariously entertaining read.)

So I invite you to visit: www.knockthehustle.com now. Get the excerpts. Get the truth. Get out from under. And remember:

The Hustle ends when we begin.

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