Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Can Women Reach the Top of America's Largest Corporations? / Edition 2

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At a time when women have more tools than ever before to help them break through the glass ceiling, including the government's "Glass Ceiling" Initiative and the Civil Rights Act, far too many remain trapped beneath it. This book takes a close look at who has broken through, and how, and provides practical advice for others who want to do the same. Based on the ground-breaking three-year study of female executives that brought the glass ceiling to national attention, this book examines the factors that determine success or derailment in the corporate environment, reveals how the executive environment is different for women, and looks at the new obstacles along the road to the top. Invaluable advice is provided from the female executives themselves on learning the ropes in a company, getting the right kind of support, and integrating work and life, as well as tips from those higher up the ladder - savvy insiders - on how these women are perceived within the company. This edition also highlights new research and emphasizes what has changed with the creation of the government's 1991 Glass Ceiling Initiative and the passage of the 1991 Civil Rights Act. Vital reading for every woman in business and for every employer and manager now responsible for the removal of any barriers to her advancement, this book explodes long-held myths and addresses such important questions as:. Do women have what it takes for senior management in a large corporation? Does a new brand of discrimination stop them cold at the top floor? What can companies do to enhance the success of women in their organizations? Is it just a matter of time before a new generation of women breaks through the glass ceiling?

Women compose nearly half of today's workforce, are in more management positions than ever before, and have reached every level of the Fortune 500--except the most important ones. This book explodes long-held myths and provides practical advice on the first steps needed to effectively break the glass ceiling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201632149
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann M. Morrison is the founder and president of the New Leaders Institute, a consulting and research firm in Del Mar, California. She is also a senior fellow of The Center for Creative Leadership, an international nonprofit educational organization that focuses on research and training in leadership development.

Randall P. White, Ph.D., and Ellen Van Velson, Ph.D., are on the staff of The Center for Creative Leadership at its headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Ceiling and the Wall: The Double Barrier to the Top 1
Ch. 2 Up or Out: How Women Succeed, How They Derail 21
Ch. 3 Perception Is Reality: The Narrow Band of Acceptable Behavior 47
Ch. 4 Lessons for Success I: It's Not Enough to Work Hard 71
Ch. 5 Lessons for Success II: It's Not Enough to Work Smart 99
Ch. 6 Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making It to General Management 123
Ch. 7 Hitting the Wall: Facing Limits, Finding Alternatives 139
Ch. 8 The Future: Can Women Make It to the Top? 155
Epilogue: Where Are They Now? 172
Appendix 175
Notes 219
Index 227
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