“You gain courage and confidence from doing the things you think you cannot do.”―
Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers is nonfiction and self-help book by Lois P. Frankel. In the book, she shares different sets of behaviors–101 in all–that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults
Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office. There are a lot of things that I realized I have been doing without realizing it. For example, being too frugal with the company credit card when there was no reason to. And there is no reward that comes from saving company pennies.
Same applies to working hard. There’s a popular saying: Women have to work twice as hard to be considered half as good. I used to make this mistake and I know a lot of women who constantly work overtime, take additional responsibilities and do not take breaks without getting any credit for it.
“No matter what hand life deals us, we are ultimately left with the dilemma of how we choose to respond.”
However, there were some aspects to this book that I did not quite like. It focused on very few behaviors or qualities, if none, that women already have and that we do not have to change in order to be successful. While it flagged a lot of behaviors that are not too helpful, maybe it again is because most companies have more men then women in their leadership teams.
I would give this book:
How-To Read Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office
1. Read this if you are stuck in your career or feel like someone at work is taking credit for your ideas.
2. Read this if you want to climb the corporate ladder.
3. Have some healthy skepticism. I think there are things that will help you. Can we change the corporate culture without becoming more like men?
What kind of struggles have you faced in the office as a female? Thoughts?