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The Power of Women at Work

Book - 2017
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"A new kind of career playbook for a new era of feminism, offering women a new set of rules for professional success: one that plays to their strengths and builds on the power they already have. Weren't women supposed to have "arrived"? Perhaps with the nation's first female President, equal pay on the horizon, true diversity in the workplace to come thereafter? Or, at least the end of "fat-shaming" and "locker room talk"? Well, we aren't quite there yet. But does that mean that progress for women in business has come to a screeching halt? It's true that the old rules didn't get us as far as we hoped. But we can go the distance, and we can close the gaps that still exist. We just need a new way. In fact, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future, says former Wall Street powerhouse-turned-entrepreneur Sallie Krawcheck. That's because the business world is changing fast -driven largely by technology - and it's changing in ways that give us more power and opportunities than ever.
"Sallie Krawcheck has had it with advice implying that if women simply leaned in a little farther, played the game a little better, and demanded just a few more seats at the table--i.e. acted a little more like MEN--they could finally break through that glass ceiling. Yet this is a contest rigged to lose. A better strategy is to embrace and invest in the unique traits that make women better positioned to lead and succeed: broader perspective, greater long-term focus, healthier attitude toward risk, higher aptitude for creativity, better people skills, empathy, and more. Because women who capitalize on these traits won't need to demand a place at the table; employers will offer it to them--not out of political correctness--but because it makes good business sense. Having been the lone woman at the highest rungs of Wall Street, Krawcheck knows what it takes to succeed as a woman in a man's world. And now she puts her research analyst background to work to reveal irrefutable evidence that companies perform better when they fully engage women; that companies with women leaders serve clients and customers better, have a stronger and more engaged culture, are more innovative, and sustain profits over a longer term. Drawing on this research and on stories from her years at the top echelon of the biggest boy's club in the world, Krawcheck empowers women to elevate themselves and their companies by bringing their true female selves to work"--
Publisher: New York :, Crown Business,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101906255
Branch Call Number: 650.1082 K919o 2017
Characteristics: ix, 246 pages ; 25 cm


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May 14, 2017

Good insight into a second wave/third wave cusper making it at the top. While Sallie candidly shares her discrimination experiences (photocopies of penises left anonymously every morning on her desk, having a job offer withdrawn by a major bank once they found out she was pregnant), she keeps both her sense of humor and drive to succeed. She also questions some of the new “perks” for women: is freezing your eggs really for the woman involved, or merely for the convenience of the corporation? She advocates quiet and courageous conversations in calling out subtle gender bias, and wraps up noting that kids are watching our actions and learning from them on how to craft a life that is fulfilling. For example, she screens the “Miss Representation” documentary with her daughter, but it’s her son who wanders in and winds up transfixed by how the media depicts women. Note that Chapter 9 breaks some of the storytelling flow but rightfully so as she delves into the power of money and the importance of women owning that power. She nicely debunks myths, wisely shares the mistakes she’s seen women make in her role as a top money manager, and provides a snappy advice list.

Feb 15, 2017

Something about this book, something I've seen or read too much of which conveys a remarkably one-sided questionable reality: the female as saintly victim, the male as sole predator. Maybe the author had negative experiences, but I recall many instances over the years, directed at others and occasionally myself, by vulgar, obnoxious crude women in the workplace who believed they could and should get away with anything and everything - - for their womanhood - - back to the 1970s. Not quite buying this professional victimhood trip as it excuses far too much, too much in the realm of Pure Identity Politics, which is getting infinitely nauseating as a tool of indoctrination today! [Cannot comment on this book as only skimmed it at the book store.] I also recall at the lower echelons that males were far more accepting of women in the workplace and as co-workers, whether the private sector or the military back in the 1970s and 1980s, than in the Wall Street venue the author describes.
[In my very last job, which was evidently in the midst of a management/leveraged buyout - - the worst and sleaziest kind - - the compasny hired myself and a lady when they were planning on offshoring our jobs relatively shortly, brought in a female Hostile Work Environment Specialist to advise management how to shock and insult us into leaving, instead of just laying us off, fearing unemployment collection - - this is becoming most typical in the workplace, and the management was female there, BTW.]


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