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Fun guide to relationships and career management
on November 12, 2009
Business, like dating, has rules of engagement. To build the right relationships and be successful, you need to navigate your surroundings carefully, adapt, and never settle for second best. Nicole Williams captures the spirit of dating and office politics in her book, Girl on Top. Williams takes personal lessons from the dating field and constructs a roadmap for business success. She conveys her journey and life lessons in a very frank manner and a clear "been there, done that" tone. This helps in offering readers a fresh and honest spin on how to grow your career.
For example, in the chapter, "Get a Life, " Williams describes the trap many women (and men) fall into when they wait for something to happen and sacrifice themselves (and their careers) in the process. In the chapter, "Don't Give Away Your Milk for Free," Williams talks about personal worth and negotiation. This is critical in the workplace and for driving up the corporate ladder. If you can't define to yourself the value you bring to your company, you will get devalued and so will your opportunities.
And like in any dating scenario, sometimes the job you have is not going anywhere and you have to move on. Williams takes care to make the point that if you are clear with who you are, what you're worth, and what you're willing to do to meet your goals, you need to take stock in the situation you find yourself. If you're unhappy, and hanging on for various reasons, you're doing your career a disservice. Set clear goals, surround yourself with supporters, and build a new plan where you can find another place (or long-term relationship) that leverages your strengths and talents.
In summary, Girl on Top is decidedly slanted towards a female audience, but don't let that fool you. Much of the life lessons and guidance Williams outlines applies equally to men. As a resource, the book is constructed with a high read-to-implement ratio which allows you to quickly adopt tips that can improve both your career and love life.