Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office Paperback – 30 Sep 2010
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Any woman intent on getting ahead should read this book...a fascinating crash course (- Anne Fisher, 'Ask Annie')
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In the bestselling tradition of Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, comes this groundbreaking book offering advice every woman needs to know to stop sabotaging her own career - and get ahead in the workplace. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I found myself laughing at some of the points within the book and wondering if people could seriously be like that in the office - but in the weeks to come I seen it from women and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by LD
I've made a recent sector change in my career and have been applying these tips as and when needed.
Would definitely recommend it.
I love this book I am so pleased I bought it having a strong interest in career and having read many books about the business and career world, in general, this book I guarantee... Read morePublished 21 months ago by review it
I agree with this book very much. Nice girls don't get the corner office. They get a lot of s*** and stay put.Published on 8 Feb. 2014 by Alessandra Forti
I just read one chapter and did what she said and in two days I already had so much positive results! its unbelievable! Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by I. Etes
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.Published on 3 Jan. 2014 by I love my books
This is a great book!
It is easy to read.
You can move straight to the part who concerns you.
And it contains great advises.
Really helpful! Read more
Essential guide to getting ahead in the office, and why not do it without them knowing. Youll return to work, trumps ahead.Published on 1 April 2013 by B. Hinds-Walters