Nice Girls Dont Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers Paperback
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Replete with examples from Ms. Frankel's consulting clients, this book gives practical, no-holds-barred evaluations of such behaviours as feeding people at the office, working too hard, asking questions instead of making statements, and "asking permission." That last was a revelation to me.
As Ms. Frankel points out, we are all raised in a society that says you should get proper approvals before taking a step---any step. But men learn when to ask and when to just go ahead. Men learn how to apply the rubric "It's easier to get forgiveness than to get permission." Ms. Frankel pointes out that children, not adults, ask for permission to do perfectly rational things. I had never considered how detrimental to my career the habit of asking permission had been. But I decided to give Ms. Frankel's suggestions a try. I went to my boss and said, "I cannot come in on Friday." My boss looked nonplussed. I was petrified, but proud. I had done it. I had Made A Statement instead of Seeking Approval. And he didn't demur. He said, "Okay," and we went on with the day.
If you are feeling frustrated by the glass ceiling, if you feel stuck and can't figure out why you can't get further in your career ambitions (and if you're a female), this book is definitely worth the investment. It opened my eyes to things I did that I never even thought about, things that presented an image of an incompetent child---not a competent, composed, and capable woman. My image is now improving, and yours can too.
There are 7 sections covering everything from politics to personal branding to how we communicate. Read it cover to cover or simply pick it up, review one of the 101 `mistakes' discussed and ponder.
And while I disagree with some of the suggestions, I could not agree more with the core message - that success comes not from acting like a man, but by acting like a woman instead of a girl.
Frankel presumes most women grew up in a home that oppresses women from growing up into full adults. What may have been true for 1954 is not as true today. However, her challenge is still with merit, and in 2004, it crosses the gender barrier. e men should be taking notes from Frankel. There are plenty of little boys among us who need to work as men.
"Rosie the Riveter" ads during WWII encouraged women into the workplace, but often as factory and shipyard works. There was no "Annie the Accountant" or "Sally the CEO" campaigns. Being all you can be means being more than you were as a child. Frankel helps show how women can be more than little girls in the office place, and garner success as a result.
It is important to note that as much as this is an important book for women who esteem to be seen as professional should read, men also should read it. Not every man has reached his potential, and some fall to the same problems, in a masculine variation, as do some women. Fear, exhibited through the lack of initiative and an overborne, unnecessary kindness, holds many people back.
Objective, straightforwardness is much of what Frankel asserts.Read more ›
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Fun, practical, excellent advice, tips or reminders for us all!Published 7 months ago by HypnosisbySchoolYourMind
This author has hit the nail on the head when it comes to how differently men and women are viewed in the workplace!! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Delores A.
Bought the book based on the reviews. I like it. It skips the lovey-gooey-wholistic-zen stuff and cut to the chase. Read morePublished on April 21 2013 by lilthxi
This book is amazing. It is a quick reader. The chapters are short and sweet, you can read a few at a time on your way to book, during a bus ride, during your break, when you have... Read morePublished on Dec 4 2011 by Tory
Frankel had many good points. I found myself behaving like some, and wasn't aware it was a female behaviour, until now.
For the most part it was an eye opening book. Read more
This book does a fine job of exploring gender issues not just in the corporate world but also in other relevent aspects of life. It was a good read. Read morePublished on June 2 2004
No excuses. I read this book and it has a few obvious choices for altering behaviors male or female, but I despise books like this because the premise is failure before you even... Read morePublished on May 12 2004 by MovedbyMusic
This book is right on target. The observations of what it takes to succeed in the corporate world. This book is as close to having a personal coach as you can get. Read morePublished on April 29 2004
I think a lot of people (both mean and women), will fin, "Nice Girls Don't Get The Corner Office:101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That sabotage Their Careers," by Lois... Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Sandra Caine