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Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office 101 – Lois P. Frankel, Hachette Book Group

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office 101: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers 

In short

The book analyses the typical mistakes women make in business and advices your how to improve your behavior. Most of the advice is usable for men as well. I see this book as a tool to analyze my own behavior and to direct my personal development.

What is the book all about

The book starts with a short introduction and a chapter that aims to help you to get the most out of it. Rest of the book dedicated to the different mistakes made by women, 2-4 pages each. They include the description of the problem and a collection of tips about the ways to assess and improve your behavior.

These mistakes have been grouped into 7 different categories. These are:

  1. How you play the game – Knowing what the rules are is a key to success
  2. How you act – Learn ways to act in a more consistent and professional manner
  3. How you think – Our past way of thinking might not be appropriate anymore
  4. How you brand and market yourself – Visibility, visibility, visibility
  5. How you sound – Make yourself sound like a professional
  6. How you look – Make yourself look like a professional
  7. How you respond – Unlearn behavioral models from your past

What I love about the book

One quote from the book is “Combined with how you look, how you sound comprises more than 90 percent of the perception of your credibility”. 

The book is filled with quotes like above. Some are familiar, some new and some surprising. But how often after hearing such a quote you really stop and think what does this mean to me? Should I do something about it?

You can use the book as a tool to analyze your own behavioral models. However it does not stop there. It also gives you actionable advice on how to improve.

As an example, I read the book through and marked down the issues I should work with and overview of corrective actions. Afterwards I combined all of them into one master document for quick overview. Now I am using it creating a step-by-step improvement plan for myself.

What could be better

The main and only complaint I have is that some of the texts feel very similar to each other. When they are placed right after each other, you feel like the book is repeating itself.

Who is responsible of it all – Lois P. Frankel, PhD

Dr. Lois P. Frankel’s background seems to be in executive coaching and she also claims to be an expert in the field of leadership development for women. http://www.drloisfrankel.com/

She has written five books assessing female behavior in their career and with money. They might be worth checking out. So many as three of them have been on the New York Times bestselling books lists.

Taking it all together

This book is like a personal coach to me. It is compact and easy to read. However with dedication and work you can access its full potential.

Some people (mainly guys) might be repelled by the title. They should not. If you are interested in behavioral models and personal development, this book is for you whether you are a woman or a man.

The book “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office 101” is available for example from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

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