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Disappointing and anti-feminist,
This review is from: Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make (Hardcover)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.