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In Hardball for Women, Pat Heim shows women how to break patterns of behavior that have put them at a disadvantage in the business world of men. Whether the arena is a law firm, a medical group, a corporation, or any other work environment, Hardball for Women decodes the male business culture and gives readers strategies on how to use its rules to get ahead—and stay ...
In Hardball for Women, Pat Heim shows women how to break patterns of behavior that have put them at a disadvantage in the business world of men. Whether the arena is a law firm, a medical group, a corporation, or any other work environment, Hardball for Women decodes the male business culture and gives readers strategies on how to use its rules to get ahead—and stay ahead. Readers will learn to:
|1||The game of business||1|
|2||We live in two different worlds||21|
|3||Do what the coach says - period!||39|
|4||Competition : the name of the game||71|
|5||How to be a team player||97|
|6||How to be a leader||131|
|7||Power talk : using language to your advantage||165|
|8||Power moves : using nonverbal cues to your advantage||193|
|9||Making the most of criticism and praise||215|
|10||Setting goals and staying focused||231|
|11||Winning is all that matters||255|
|12||Making your next play : what's your game plan?||277|
|13||Creating your own rules||303|
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