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Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead... But Gutsy Girls Do: Nine Secrets Every Career Woman Must Know Hardcover – May 12, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Printing edition (May 12, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446518271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446518277
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Female women are back; just-like-a-man is out. Don't be a goody-goody; knock 'em dead instead. Here in part is the message of this lively and unsparing guide for the '90s by Redbook's editor-in-chief, who isn't afraid to talk about herself and the secrets of her success. Citing surveys, academic studies, the ways of 40 other successful women and her own rollicking career triumphs, White proclaims a new outlook for traditionally self-effacing "good girls" in today's workplace. To offset dwindling male "guerrilla chauvinism," she advises women not to take setbacks personally but to "get some zip," focus on the work, dare to wear (borrowed) $400 dresses to crucial meetings and (secretly) study their own miens and mannerisms on videotape; plus many more tips.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

In addition to being a book author, Kate White is the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the largest-selling women's magazine in the world. Under her editorship, guaranteed circulation has increased by over 500,000 and Cosmo now sells on average two million copies a month on newsstands alone. Kate began her career in the magazine business by winning Glamour Magazine's Top Ten College Women contest and appearing on the cover. She was an editorial assistant at Glamour and later became a feature writer and columnist for the magazine. She went on to hold key jobs at several national magazines, including Mademoiselle. She eventually was named editor-in-chief of Child and then later Working Woman and McCall's. Before joining Cosmo, she served as editor-in-chief of Redbook for four years. White became editor-in-chief of Cosmo in 1998. She recently received the Matrix award, which honors "extraordinary achievements of outstanding women in the communications field."

More About the Author

Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of nine works of fiction--six Bailey Weggins mysteries (including So Pretty It Hurts and If Looks Could Kill), and three suspense novels: Hush, The Sixes, and the upcoming Eyes on You, which will be published in June of this year.

Kate's writer's eye has been described by the New York Times as "scathingly observant." The Los Angeles Times says of Kate's work: "It's like devouring a box of chocolates!" Publisher's Weekly recent review of her new book, Eyes on You, calls it "timely and engaging," adding that "it's [White's] devious mind that puts the thrill in this thriller." Her books have been published in 18 countries.

For 14 years. Kate was the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, taking it to number one and keeping it there. Though she loved the job (and the Cosmo beauty closet!), she decided to leave in late 2013 to work full time as an author, a long-time dream of hers.

Kate is currently editing the Mystery Writers of America cookbook, a selection of recipes from many of the top selling authors in the field.

Like many mystery writers, Kate fell in love with the genre after reading her first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of Redgate Farm, and she still admires those cliffhanger endings created by "Carolyn Keene."

She is married and the mother of two children. She once had her young daughter stalk her through the woods so she could better describe the sounds of someone being followed.

Kate is also the author of several popular career books, including I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve, and Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do.

Customer Reviews

Thank you Kate White for empowering women!!!
Karen
I adored this book - not only did I finish it, I have read some chapters multiple times.
"queenbpdx"
Kate White's style is very readable, laced with wit and practicality.
Naree W.S. Viner

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have worked 25 years in the workforce and now make a tremendous salary. I have 50+ books in my office on management, sales, business and marketing by the leading authors of our time. This is by far, the best book of its kind (targeted to women)on the market today. I wish I had read it 25 years ago! Many women, unfortunately, feel they have to play a "game" to get ahead in business. This book gives us insight to our inner selves and helps us realize we can be true to ourselves - and still WIN in the workplace. Fabulous book!!!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By sonya34 on October 5, 2006
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I was just out of college when my friend's mother gave me this book. My friend and I rolled our eyes - we were *definitely* not self-help-book readers. I still am not. But many times over the past ten years I have referenced this book in conversations with friends. I have found myself applying many of the tips that Ms. White provides. You don't have to be a hyper-ambitious, ladder-climbing corporate professional to get something out of this book. Among the tenets that have stood out to me over the years are:

-Don't always need to be liked

-Don't smile too easily

-Don't apologize too quickly

-Don't clean up after other colleagues (especially men)

-Don't be a perfectionist at the expense of innovative thinking or getting things done

Simply the notion that men and women (in broad strokes, at least) behave differently and are treated differently in the workplace was a novel idea to me, coming out of a liberal arts college during the mid-1990s. Reading this book gave me an awareness that everyone needs. Obviously, no one book will apply perfectly to each of us, so you can't go looking for that. But do look to this book for many useful ways of seeing the professional world and your own role in it.
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69 of 82 people found the following review helpful By mizrahi fan on January 11, 2003
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Hated it! The piece on Julia Roberts was opportunistic and simply proved this woman may well be short on ethics and long on selling hype. Those who chose to overlook what is awful about this book are the very people the author is seeking.
Not my cup of tea! Hope my review was gutsy enough!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jen Beaven on August 13, 1997
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...you won't get a chance to read. Every woman who passes will want to stop and talk about it. This is the best book for a woman working in a man's world since "Games Mother Never Taught You". Kate White's breezy and readable text, chock full of real-life examples, makes her seem like a big sister who's finally telling you the good stuff. Juicy tidbits like "No, You Absolutely Do Not Have To Act Like A Man", "The Guy Secret of Never Taking Things Personally", and "The Hollywood Starlet Trick Even You Can Use" make this one of the few non-fiction books that has ever asserted its place on the top of my "to read" pile until it was finished
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55 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Clare Chu on June 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book revolves around two premises: Good Girls please others, Gutsy Girls please themselves. Whatever happened to focusing on results and what needs to be done at work? An effective person, male or female, doesn't matter which, focuses on the tasks and strategies that advance the business' objectives instead of playing gamesmanship (or in this case, gameswomanship) with others. Ms. White makes it sound so droll to be a "good girl" and denigrates her to no end, when in reality she is portraying a doormat straw-woman so that she can contrast with her "gutsy girl" persona who doesn't give a hoot about anyone but how she can get ahead and elbow her way to the top. Modern business relies on teamwork and collaboration, and such a self-centered approach will not get the best long term results.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Naree W.S. Viner on October 4, 1998
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"Gutsy Girls" has become the foundation of my career strategy. Kate White's style is very readable, laced with wit and practicality. The real-life examples illustrating her basic concepts drive home simple yet powerful points. I raced through this book and have re-read parts of it since. I'm giving copies to my sisters and several work colleagues snapped it up as well. With "Games Mother Never Taught You" as a precursor and "Hardball for Women" as a follow-up, these three books are required reading for any woman wanting to succeed in her career.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on June 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a guidebook for working women who believe that they are being held back in the workplace. A glass ceiling for women is not in place because of male management, according to Kate White. Rather, she maintains, women create their own glass ceiling because of their good-girl personalities. In nine steps, she details how a good girl can become a gutsy girl. Gutsy girls break through the glass ceiling and get what they want from the organization. This is an important book for any woman who wants to rise to upper management in a corporation. Men, too, can learn ways to be more aggressive at work. We from getAbstract recommend this book for anyone who wants a strong dose of workplace reality.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Septembergurl on January 9, 2003
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Some of this book is abhorrent. So why do I give it five stars? Because the stuff that is worthwhile is fantastic. So I sighed at the silly stuff and let the rest help improve my life.
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