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In the Company of Women: Turning Workplace Conflict into Powerful Alliances Hardcover – September 10, 2001


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  • Hardcover: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 1 edition (September 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585421154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585421152
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Now that women own nearly 50% of all businesses, the authors reason, women's worst enemies at work are just as likely to be other women. To support their thesis, which may offend some readers but will also generate attention, the authors both business consultants address differences between women's and men's behaviors. Declaring that women should be more conscious of their reaction if other women try to undermine a promotion or honor coming their way, they suggest, "that's the price we have to pay for the strong alliances we make with other women." This provocative, practical book deserves a wide readership.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Every women who works should read this groundbreaking book. -- Clair Raines, co-author of Generations at Work

Powerful, eye-opening, smart reading. -- Susan Estrich, author of Sex and Power

What a terrific and inspirational read! -- Judy George, author of The Intuitive Businesswoman

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The authors have mixed facts with examples and practical tips.
John L. Bennett
This, guys, is what you need to read so that you can cut right through the BS and make everyone happy, or at least you'll know why they behave the way they do.
Richard Lee
Pat Heim's experience in addressing relationally aggressive behaviors between women in the workplace shows through in every page she writes.
Cheryl Dellasega

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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When I picked up "In the Company of Women" to read, I was prepared to disagree with every single sentence. A female colleague had given it to me as a gift, saying that all her friends were reading it and having an "aha" experience -- they finally understood what was happening in their interactions with other women at work, with their friends, etc. I wasn't even going to read it, but when she told me that Harvard Business School had the book on its recommended list on its website, I decided to go ahead and at least start.
My fear was that the book would play into every stereotype we professional women have worked so hard to overcome -- reinforcing that all-too-widespread male view that we are emotional, bitchy "girls" just out to get each other. BOY WAS I WRONG! These authors have PhD's and years of experience in corporate America and they know their stuff. I was really impressed with the scholarship and research.
As I was reading I began to see all my friends and myself in the examples. We have all been sabotaged by other women in the workplace; we just didn't want to admit it. I didn't find the advice trite or counterproductive to business in the least --and I didn't find it to be overly focused on the issue itself so that I was left thinking "OK now what do I do?" The majority of the book is focused on solutions THAT WORK, and those solutions are very simple. I have been using them, and I can say with absolute confidence that my work environment is better for all of us -- men and women -- as a result.
We all deal with co-workers based on their personalities, level in the organization, work styles, etc.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By raindrops on October 25, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am sorely disappointed by this book. Instead of addressing the root cause of women who traditionally cannot stand having other women succeed and get ahead, this book promotes appeasement to that irrationality. It is really a collection of tactics to maneuver around bad situations caused by women who get difficult around members of the same sex who are more powerful, more confident, or more successful.

But that's not how it should be. If a woman gets a well-deserved promotion and her female coworkers immediately respond by tearing her down, the problem is with those doing the tearing. But this book does not see it that way. It talks about the "Power Dead Even rule" among women as if it's something that cannot be changed, and therefore must be adhered to. The book actually has an example of a very qualified woman getting promoted, causing fury and anger among her female peers, with the solution being the withdrawal of the promotion of the qualified woman. If holding women back from becoming successful and openly proud of their achievements is the way for women to stop hurting each other, I would not want to live in the world that this book promotes. Womankind deserves more credit than that.

I had picked up this book after reading and being profoundly impressed by "Hard Ball for Women" by Pat Heim, one of the authors for this book. In "Hard Ball for Women", the cultural baggage that women have that hold themselves back is broken down chapter by chapter. Great examples and explanations shed light into the conventional roles of a woman and the changes in perspective she needs to take on to become competitive in her career. In some sense, "Hard Ball for Women" is almost a rebuttal to "In the Company of Women". I do not understand how the same author could have penned both. This book is a let down.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lambrou on August 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I thank her very much. The authors have described processes that explain what I have observed, but couldn't quite understand, until reading this book. Why women have an incredible memory for hurts and injustices; why women can be so 'catty' amongst themselves; why women can talk so intimately and so easily with each other and with men... I could go on and on with the questions I've always had about women. Learning about the 'tend and befriend' hormone and about the Darwinian survival characteristics of many of these behaviors helps men (as well as women) understand and not personalize these inherent patterns. I especially appreciated the research citations and the sound scientific foundations of the authors' conclusions. I have recommended this book to a dozen people I know, and I think it's a worthwhile read for any adult who works with, is in a relationship with, or is a woman - and I guess that's everyone.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Simply put...the theories in this book WORK. Admittedly somewhat skeptical of implementing the "chip theory" and the power dead even rule, I decided to try them out on a recent business trip. My experience on this trip was unlike any other. From the woman behind the airline ticket counter to the female "guest services" coordinator at the hotel, other women went out of their way to support my needs and made my success possible. Interestingly, when I tried out the theories on men, I found that they responded more positively to me as well. Go out and buy this book as soon as you can. Read it, study it and put the theories into practice. Then sit back and watch how your life changes before your eyes.
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