Summary of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office

101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers

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Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office book summary
Women who want to lead must take charge and not act like the traditionally feminine followers they were raised to be.

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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. getAbstract recommends her valuable counsel to women who want to become respected leaders.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to identify thoughts and behaviors you may not even be aware of that stem from learning to be traditionally feminine
  • How those behaviors and attitudes keep you from advancing at work
  • How to change them
 

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"Enjoy Being a Girl" Only Takes You So Far
Female socialization is one reason that women head fewer than a dozen of the U.S.’s biggest businesses. Society trains girls to fit a mold of traditional femininity that includes doing as you are told, working harder, complaining less...
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About the Author

Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., is president of Corporate Coaching International and specializes in workplace behavior, empowerment of women and career counseling. She has worked with executives and managers at Fortune 100 companies and is a frequent speaker. She is a licensed psychotherapist with a doctorate in counseling psychology and is author of Overcoming Your Strengths and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money.


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    Alice Smith 4 years ago
    The advice in this summary is still valid and helpful today. Great read for women at all stages of their careers.

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