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The corporate woman still has a long way to go before the business playing field is fair to both sexes. Rather than advising women to act more like men in order to get ahead, this fascinating book helps them understand men's rules and use them to meet their own goals.
Posted July 26, 2009
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This is probably the most useful book I have ever read about how gender differences affect the US business environment. The authors specifically outline the pitfalls women face while trying to compete (and survive!) in our male-dominated (still!) corporate world. Any woman who has ever sat in a board meeting with men and wondered how they can argue so vehemently and nastily with each other during the discussion but then slap each other on the back and arrange a golf outing at the end of the same meeting will find this book enlightening. Heim and Golant also provide useful ideas to bring about successful outcomes in business, academic, and inter-relational environments!
I first read this book in the 1990s when I was working at a large university in a predominently male-dominated academic area. The descriptions of gender issues rang so true to my situation at that time that I devoured every word in the book, and Heim and Golant made a big difference in my academic career. What I took away from the book was that I could do something to place myself on equal standing with both men and women administrators in my workplace. I just hadn't been taught the unwritten "rules" of workplace politics nor how to manage those rules for the better good of my organization.
In early June 2009 when a client was describing her issues with male supervision in her workplace, I took this book down from the shelf and loaned it to her. She returned the book the next week and said that it rang so true for her that she bought her own copy (2005 revised edition) and was loaning it to her fellow female AND male co-workers. I guess that could mean either there are just some books that withstand the test of time or that workplace politics never really change.
Cherie Renfrow Starry
Private Practice Therapist/Counselor