Summary of Swim With the Dolphins

How Women Can Succeed in Corporate America on Their Own Terms

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Swim With the Dolphins book summary
In other words, the best way to be a strong woman executive is...act like a very smart girl.


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Connie Brown Glaser and Barbara Steinberg Smalley argue that female managers no longer need to act like men to be successful. Instead, women managers should depend on their natural attributes - intuition, nurturing, having respect for individuals - to create webs rather than hierarchies. This bold, timely book is packed with profiles of women who have succeeded on their own terms. The writing is lean and cuts to the chase. recommends this book as a likely inspiration and a helpful guide to most women (particularly managers) trying to cope with the old folkways of corporate America. The male manager will also find that it offers him a new perspective at work and a wake-up call at home. [Note: This book is not linked to Harvey MacKay’s Swim With the Sharks, which focuses on selling, negotiating, and marketing.]

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why, as a female leader, you don’t need to act like a man to be successul;
  • How to maintain an environment that will best suit your employees’ needs and talents; and
  • How to get noticed and promoted.


Sharks Vs. Dolphins: The Changing Climate in Corporate America
A shark is a boss who gives orders without listening to employees. A shark is concerned only with the bottom line, and couldn’t care less about employees’ personal lives, needs, or desires. A shark says, "It’s my way or the...
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About the Authors

Connie Glaser is a nationally recognized communications consultant who has helped thousands of women excel in the corporate world. Barbara Steinberg Smalley has written extensively on women’s issues.

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