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Lois P. Frankel
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: BUSINESS PLUS (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446572071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446572071
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you work nonstop without a break...worry about offending others and back down too easily...explain too much when asked for information....or "poll" your friends and colleagues before making a decision, chances are you have been bypassed for promotions and ignored when you expressed your ideas. Although you may not be aware of it, girlish behaviors such as these are sabotaging your career! Dr. Lois Frankel reveals why some women roar ahead in their careers while others stagnate. She's spotted a unique set of behaviors--101 in all--that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults. Now, in this groudbreaking guide, she helps you eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back--and offers invaluable coaching tips you can easily incorporate into your social and business skills. If you recognize and change the behaviors that say "girl" not "woman," the results will pay off in carrer opportunites you never thought possible--and in an image that identifies you as someone with the power and know-how to occupy the corner office.

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4.0 out of 5 stars More Than Rosie the Riveter 17 Mar 2004
Men are men. Women are women. Right? The matter of gender is easy enough to establish, but in Lois P. Frankel's book, "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers" we learn there are underlying mores and premises to follow if women want to be at the top of a company. These rules are unspoken, but Frankel demystifies the process by which some women hurt their success by playing into the cultural roles prescribed to them growing up.
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. We 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sexual sabotage in the boardroom 18 Mar 2004
By Joanna Daneman VINE VOICE
How does a woman undo years of socialization of gender roles while working in business? This is a dilemma that women are facing as they push on the glass ceiling. What if the glass ceiling were as much self-created as part of corporate culture? These are some of the issues that Lois Frankel attempts to address in "Nice Girls."
Her analysis of gender training (such as Nice Girls Aren't Loud) are pretty much what I heard as a child. Yet...what a delicate line women must walk, as being tough is interpreted as bitchiness instead of hard-headed business savvy. So here's the problem; Frankel advises worrying less about being liked, advises apologizing sparingly -- not profusely and frequently, but that isn't the same as permission to have a take-no-prisoners attitude. While occasionally being disliked is going to be hard on women who work cooperatively and not in a hierarchical manner, Frankel explains why niceness may short-circuit the path to a deserved top spot.
While Frankel's book has excellent advice about avoiding subtle but destructive body language and practices like apologizing and making declarative statements into questions, as well as failing to blow one's own horn as needed, there are other books that explain the male-dominated playing field such as "Hardball for Women." It's not enough to understand our own failures to mesh into a world where men pretty much make the rules, it's also important to understand the rules thoroughly. "Rules favor the rulemakers, and when they don't, the rules are changed." Look at the troubles of Carly Fiorina and the attitudes towards Martha Stewart to see some of the pitfalls that can trap someone while following the advice in Frankel's book without understanding all the rules or new rules of behavior.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Knowledge ! 1 Mar 2005
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Author, coach and psychotherapist Lois P. Frankel explains how traditionally feminine behavior undermines women's career growth. She makes you feel as comfortable as possible while teaching you about "girlish" behavior that holds you back at work. As soon as she describes a problem, she jumps in with doable solutions, some easy, some quite challenging or time-consuming. Frankel shares case histories and offers many applicable techniques. She uses humor deftly and warns the gung-ho not to change everything at once. Now the caveats: Frankel does not grapple with the insoluble problem that women who behave in more forceful, unfeminine ways are often disliked and rejected, a maddening 'Catch 22' if you want to advance. She should warn that even smart tactics rarely help in a truly sexist workplace. She also needs to say that the wish to be liked isn't girlish, feminine or womanly; it is human. Contrary to platitude, other people can hurt and stigmatize you with their verbal abuse or harassment, no matter how strong you are. Still, although she hasn't unraveled every knot, Frankel comes a long way toward helping women diagnose - with a self-assessment checklist - and correct inadvertent mistakes that could be holding them back. We recommend her valuable counsel to women who want to become respected leaders.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and anti-feminist 20 May 2012
This book's main premise can be summed up very quickly: Nice girls don't get the corner office. In order to get the corner office, quit bein' a girl and start acting like a man.

Lois P Frankel claims she offers girls a way to act like women in the office, but so many of the behaviours she suggests as successful are derived precisely from what men do to get ahead, such as using relationships for your own gain (she calls it quid pro quo). She lists as negative characteristics things which should be listed as positives - ie something for women to teach men - for example having high ethical standards "be the conscience," working hard (rather than smart - I'd say you need both to have done the task properly) and avoiding office politics.

I think Ms Frankel misses the game entirely with this book - women's aim in getting ahead should be to influence the workplace so it suits them, and then get ahead, not alter themselves to look like the workplace's less redeeming features. After all, women are arriving at workplaces in sufficient enough numbers nowadays to have a real impact - as women (or girls) - not as pseudo men.

In short this book is a real disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So agree
I agree with this book very much. Nice girls don't get the corner office. They get a lot of s*** and stay put.
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are still relevant. Read when you have time to do the additional reading. Good tips on what to change but not on how to change.
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Published 11 months ago by Izzynounou
4.0 out of 5 stars must have guide
Essential guide to getting ahead in the office, and why not do it without them knowing. Youll return to work, trumps ahead.
Published 12 months ago by B. Hinds-Walters
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Good humoured, funny and honest. I am bringing in some of the hints and tips already. Not ridiculously aggressive, just good sensible advice and guidance.
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Published 13 months ago by BG
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant piece of work
I'm so lucky that I have read this book at the beginning of my career .Very insightful, a brilliant piece of work that I can recommend to anyone
Published on 23 Dec 2011 by Selen
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Published on 5 April 2011 by Florea51
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I love this book, so much that I have bought copies for friends of mine too. You can dip in and out, and some of the chapters are short enough that you can read one in minutes and... Read more
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