Beyond the Boys' Club: Achieving Career Success as a Woman Working in a Male Dominated Field Paperback – 3 Jun 2009
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From the Back Cover
Are you just starting your career and excited about the journey ahead?
Proactively take control of your career rather than wait and hope to be noticed
Establish a sense of gravitas that is impressive to decision makers
Do you have several years of experience, but want to find out what it takes to get ahead?
Negotiate the labyrinth of office politics to get ahead
Find the mentors you want...even if they aren't the ones assigned to you
Are you near the top of your game, but know that the learning never stops?
Follow your gut instinct to know which risks are worth taking...and which you can't afford to turn down
Be the professional woman with you want to be, without feeling as if you have to be "one of the boys"
Beyond the Boys' Club will show you how to advance your career, break through the glass ceiling and completely raise your game. Packed with vital insights and inspirational ideas, the book is written specifically for women to enable strategic career advancement.
Women can thrive in male-dominated fields, whether working in academia, private practice or the corporate sector and we can all learn from those who do and their successes.
Beyond the Boys' Club features inspiring and engaging interviews with incredibly successful women, each sharing unique strategies and paths to their success as they collaborate and compete primarily with men.
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I recommend the book to women (and men) who are looking to advance their career and to diversity professionals who are interested in learning more about gender at the workplace.
As a diversity manager in a large company (HP) I picked up the book so I can identify topics for an upcoming program. Reading the book made my work easily. Suzanne covers in her book genuine key issues, provides real life examples that make the content vivid and shares advises that can make a concrete personal or organizational action plan.
An excellent reading,
I would have liked more inspirational examples from the life stories of the women that she interviewed. Although she quotes from a number of successful women these are dotted about the book in small doses and we never get a feel for who these women are or what they have achieved in their lives.
That said, the book is packed full of practical advice and examples from her own life experiences on how to "play the game" of work, and she highlights effectively why it is so important to firstly understand the game that the "boys" are playing, and secondly to join in.
While I would have liked to see more feminist angst and hope for a model of work "beyond the boys club" this book is a practical how-to guide which I'd recommend to young women just starting out in their careers who still presume that in work, as in education, they will be rewarded for working hard and doing well. If only it was that simple!
It was good to read about this issue from a UK perspective, and I think that being aware of the knowledge presented in this book will certainly equip anyone to negotiate the hidden traps in the workplace more adroitly.
I'm only sorry that p157 tells me that curly hair isn't business like - as I'm someone with locks that do their own thing and who has battled with hair straighteners and lost. But even there, I have to agree she's right with the impression that's created.
Pop this one onto your Christmas list as presents for all the females in your life, as the saying goes "because they're worth it".
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