I Can't Believe She Did That: Why Women Betray Other Women at Work

Overview

I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT! offers a new and compelling perspective on conflict and competition among women in the workplace. Nan Mooney explores how and why some women hurt each other on the job, and what we can do to begin cleaning up the mess. Based on real stories from real women, I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT! provides a provocative social and cultural exploration of the often troubled and painful dynamics that unfold among women on the job.

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Overview

I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT! offers a new and compelling perspective on conflict and competition among women in the workplace. Nan Mooney explores how and why some women hurt each other on the job, and what we can do to begin cleaning up the mess. Based on real stories from real women, I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT! provides a provocative social and cultural exploration of the often troubled and painful dynamics that unfold among women on the job.

The massive influx of women into the workplace in the past thirty years means a whole new category of problems has arisen. Suddenly women are working over, under and alongside other women. Their professional relationships are subject to the pressures and conflicts of organizational culture, not to mention society at large. Women on the job have grown more comfortable with ambition, competition and success, but that hasn’t negated the value they place on communication and relationships, on being liked and being nice. Striking a balance between these two selves is a delicate undertaking and many women are uncertain how to interact in a workplace where such lines are regularly being blurred.

Working together, women have fostered a breathtaking degree of positive change. But there is another side to the story. If women are to continue moving forward, the time has come to examine — honestly and unequivocally — our very human impulse to compete with, hurt and even destroy one another to get what we want. In I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT! Nan Mooney provides vivid insights on the emotional toll competition can take on working women and charts a path towards more productive and fulfilling relationships for professional women everywhere.

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To get the inside scoop on office backstabbing, journalist Nan Mooney interviewed more than 100 working women from a diversity of backgrounds and professions. In I Can't Believe She Did That, Mooney uses that research to uncover the hidden springs of workplace conflict and competition among women. "My hope," she writes, "is to generate an honest discussion about the more troubling dynamics that can unfold between working women, with the idea of fostering more productive and fulfilling professional relationships." An engaging read that spurs real dialogue.
Library Journal
Freelance writer Mooney (My Racing Heart: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track) crosses the disciplines of psychology, women's studies, and self-help to explore the rising prevalence of conflict between female co-workers as more and more women have moved into the workforce. In 2003, Mooney conducted interviews with more than 100 working women from various backgrounds. (Interview and interviewee statistics are included.) The voices of these women form the strongest part of the book, providing the basis for further exploration and thought on such issues as race and beauty as factors in working relationships. Statistics and quotes from others have source notes but not Mooney's own statements, which can leave the reader wondering if she is stating fact or expressing opinion. Mooney concludes that while women can further empower themselves by speaking up about existing issues and by evaluating their own actions, companies and employers must also help by providing strong role models and encouraging positive relationships. Overall,the book will give working women much to think about, in terms of their own behavior and that of their associates. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Leigh Mihlrad, Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine of Yeshiva Univ., Bronx, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Soundview Executive Book Summaries
Taking a deep look into how women handle conflict in their professional relationships, journalist Nan Mooney explores her own experiences as well as those of many other women, including lawyers, athletes, nurses, students, doctors and professors. Covering the ambitions, divisions, feelings and successes of these women with personal stories and statistics, I Can’t Believe She Did That! examines the emotional toll that competition can take on working women while exploring better ways they can create more productive and fulfilling relationships. Copyright © 2006 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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"No one has taught us women how to interact with each other in the competitive world of office politics, and as a result we often botch things up. But thanks to Nan Mooney's thoughtful guidance, we can become comfortable with conflict and competition in our professional relationships...so that we can all succeed with grace and without guilt.”— Leora Tanenbaum, author of CATFIGHT : Rivalries Among Women—From Diets to Dating, From the Boardroom to the Delivery Room

"Nan Mooney's I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT! is unafraid to focus productively upon the "dark" or often hidden side of sisterhood in the workplace. Her approach is matter-of-fact, practical, and easy to understand. Acknowledging and satisfying one's competitive drives and one's desire for intimacy are difficult issues to resolve. Read this book. It will help you in your relationships with other women, both at work and everywhere else."—Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D Author of Woman's Inhumanity to Woman and The Death of Feminism: What's Next in the Struggle for Women's Freedom

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641920677
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nan Mooney grew up in Seattle and graduated from Scripps College in California. Her work has appeared in, among others, THE WASHINGTON POST, Slate.com, THE SEATTLE WEEKLY and THE BLOOD-HORSE. She is the author of MY RACING HEART: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track. She lives in New York City.

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