Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense and Sensibility

Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense and Sensibility

by Mireille Guiliano
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Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense and Sensibility 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read each chapter separately. Yes, I could have read it in one sitting, but it was so delightful, I wanted to savor each thought. So wonderfully presented, I kept pondering each thought.
lynette355 More than 1 year ago
We all (at times) wish we had that special flair, that look that entices or that throaty laugh. As well as that may turn a head or two, it does not always do well in the work place. No there we have to have something even better. Savoir Faire ! You know, the ability to say or do the right or graceful thing. Well it may be a french term but it is a southern lady tradition. And being a Texan I know that we may talk horse sense but we do use our southern charms. You can also use that art to help you out at work. Or anywhere else. Dealing with the other car pool moms for bus duty, negotiating a good deal when we need the house re-roofed or at church while organizing that fifth Sunday luncheon. Our lives as wives and moms is a business. It is our most precious business, raising our family and caring for our homes. And this can all be accomplished with finesse. Then there are so many of us wearing duel hats (often with a feather or two in them) that also work outside of the home. Now these women really do have to make her very own Savoir Faire work for her. If you also wish to have life run just a bit smoother then you may want to read Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire by Mireille Guiliano. Yes, you remember her from French Women Don't Get Fat. In Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire, Mireille draws on her experiences to give women the practical advice they need to make work part of a well-balanced life. Mireille gives us lively lessons, stories, and helpful hints. And she teaches us how to identify our own passions and talents, improve communication skills, balance work and life. I know that these are skills we can all use both in the workplace and at home too. Here are some of my favorite notes from Mireille that we can use both in business and at home. * Today if you want to stand out in business, write thank you notes. People remember. * Know thyself. What ever it is, you need to recognize it and exploit it. Be the person you are. Work with what you have. * The harsh reality is that women in the workplace are judged on their looks a lot more than men. * Time priority management is a key to success and happiness. * It's imperative to make time each day to let go of judgmental thinking and live in the moment. * Sleep is the most neglected state of being in American life. We think we can cut corners, push ourselves to the limit, but we're only fooling ourselves. * Being comfortable with ourselves is a better indicator of "success" than the handbag we carry, but that bag or our ability to own it is often tied to our self-actualization and identity. * Life is not a rehearsal, so whatever you choose to do, it is good if your heart is in it. (My favorite quote.)
dmh5026 More than 1 year ago
Wanting to read yet another business book, I wanted to find something crisp, intelligent, sassy and a little focused on the ladies. Then, I found this: Mireille Guiliano's "Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire." A witty, chic, stylistic tip-book of sorts on how to navigate the business world from stilettos. Guiliano's style of writing is so sincere and so down to earth, you'd think you were best girlfriends for years. Her ideas of life happening in stages and taking calculated risks at the right times aren't groundbreaking, but they are put in a way that is both engaging and thought-provoking. She goes over everything from how to give a good presentation, to traveling alone as a woman, to what to make on your menu when entertaining business guests at home. There is something for everyone (and everything for anybody) in this book. I absolutely loved it! Here's a small excerpt: "What I have tried to write is the sort of book I wish I had been given when starting out in the working world and had a hand along the way. This isn't another business book that tells you how to 'succeed' or 'get the corner office.' Yes, of course, you'll find advice on getting ahead and getting promoted...but more than that, you'll find advice on being happy and living a good life, even while you are making the biggest contribution you can to the workplace. That's why I dare to talk about style and clothes and food and wine and entertaining and LIFE in a business book. We don't work in a vacuum. Our work is part of the rest of our lives." Recommended for anyone woman, in the business arena or not, looking for just a little life-guidance. I know I learned so much from Guiliano. She's a treasure!
Val_Strong More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written reminder of some common and some not-so-commonsense elements of the world of work, but taken from a woman's perspective by a highly successful businesswoman. It is wide ranging--from tips on decision making to leadership and management, to style and holistic health. The author introduces "the principle of enlightened self interest," which provides the clear sort of insight that appears throughout the book and helps reshape one's thinking about everyday life, life from business and beyond. If you subscribe to the theory that there's nothing new under the sun, you'll be pleased to find ideas presented newly for the 21st-century women at work who is seeking a rewarding professional and personal life. A fresh sort of business book with some clever takes on both the world of work and on achieveing balance in all things. In the end, a warm, insightful, part-memoire by the trusted mentor we all wish we had.
alexcross4me More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book at the library in search of advice and motivation for how to balance my career and family (including new baby). It seemed light hearted and the chapter titles fit what I was looking for. I also liked that it was written by a female. Unfortunately, I've been trying to get into the book for a month and I've barely made it through 3 chapters. The examples and stories are entertaining but the "lesson learned" part in each chapter just dies. There's not much substance to those parts. I also don't like that the book seems to be about how great the author's life is and how everything just seems to fall into place for her. She's witty but she didn't really discuss real-life challenges women face in the work place. It was also easy to read into the fact that her French accent awarded her numerous opportunities- something she subtly points out frequently.
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MsKTS More than 1 year ago
This was an impulse buy. I still have not gotten pass the first few pages. Never do that again!
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katieKray More than 1 year ago
From Mireille Guiliano, the woman who brought us French Women Don't Get Fat, comes a no-nonsense look at what it takes for today's woman to not only be successful in business, but also achieve that (at times) elusive work-life balance. Guiliano centers her advice around two central principles: know thyself and the question "what's the worst that could happen?" She encourages her readers to truly examine their passions and talents, and build from there, but also stresses the importance of taking the calculated risk. A book from Guiliano wouldn't be complete without a few recipes, which she works in here by providing a segment on entertaining. I am looking forward to testing her Tout au Chocolat dinner party (though not on any guests, bien sur!). A relevant read, certain to help the upward-bound woman, if for no other reason than to refocus her goals and energy.
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