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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (January 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743282841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743282840
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,997,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Wolaner Answers The Significant Seven

Robin Wolaner began her career as a copywriter at Penthouse, worked at Mother Jones and Runner's World, founded Parenting magazine, and launched Vibe and Martha Stewart Living. In Wolaner's new book, Naked in the Boardroom, she shares tales about making a successful go of it all. See the answers Wolaner gave for the Amazon.com Significant Seven questions that we like to run by every author.



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Wolaner rose from office temp to become president and CEO of Sunset Publishing before moving on to write, consult and serve on private corporate and nonprofit boards. Her own stories, and anecdotes from other achievers, are the basis for this chatty instruction manual for the distaff up-and-coming, which begins with the predictable assertion that women are generally different from men. The following chapters exhort readers to burn their career plans, listen to their guts, learn by example, benefit from smart moves, recover from bad ones, hire and fire well and manipulate situations to their advantage. Eighty-one "Naked Truths" punctuate her upbeat tale of mostly serendipitous and intuition-driven maneuvers. These aphorisms range from the obvious ("Return phone calls and emails") to the dubious ("If you undo a bad decision quickly, it doesn't count"). Sidebars labeled "Stripped-Down Wisdom" address corporate basics like how to dress, how to fire and how to cope as a working mother. In "Baring It," successful women recount their biggest mistakes and the lessons learned. Despite the book's intrusive theme of nudity, Wolaner gives some genuinely helpful advice, but often overplays the roles of ambition, networking and gut instinct at the expense of expertise, competence and plain hard work. (Mar.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Highly recommended for beginners in business or the seasoned player.
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Not only is it wise and useful, it's a funny, fascinating read full of good stories that would be great gossip even if they weren't so helpful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Liz Perle on March 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Much ink has been spilled in the service of helping women succeed in business, but this book finally gets it right. Wolaner combines her own amusing and inspiring story with brilliant and accurate insights about the real nature of the business world and what it takes to thrive in it without losing your mind or identity. The result? The truest portrait with the wisest advice available. Every woman needs a mentor. Now, thanks to this book, every woman can have one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Bramlet on March 20, 2005
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I loved reading Naked in the Board Room, which I'd characterize as a must-read for any woman who is pursuing a career. The book covers all the A-Z's of how to most effectively succeed in business, while simultaneously maintaining your morals and your sanity! Everything is included - from hiring to trusting your gut It's definitely "the book" to read this spring!

Eileen Bramlet
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Alsop on March 3, 2005
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Robin Wolaner speaks the truth about how to be an effective manager, including the fundamental concept that being human and emotional has a place in the office. I might be a guy, but I think it's one of the most useful business books I've read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marketeer on March 8, 2005
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With wit, wisdom and remarkable insight, Robin Wolaner provides women (and men) an enormous number of tips and rules for getting ahead in the workplace. You'll find a plethora of practical information ranging from negotiating your next raise to handling sticky office situations. This is a book that you are going to want to keep deskside since it is as relevant for senior executives as it is for those in the early stages of their careers. I'm going to keep an extra copy handy to give as a graduation present to my career bound niece -- and another for a friend eagerly awaiting her next promotion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anette Powell on March 12, 2005
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What a nice change from the typical corporate How-To books, especially for women! Given the get-all-you-can mindset of corporpate raiders ever-present in the media headlines, where corporate ethics seem to be lost under the fax machine, this author and her recounts bring a welcome breath of fresh air. It's a quick read with useful tips on how to be true to one's spirit --- something you so rarely hear of in the art-of-war of business "guides". Highly recommended for beginners in business or the seasoned player. Anette Powell, President, Excelleration Point
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Very Important Person on March 10, 2005
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I just started a new job, the first one in which I had to manage a number of employees. I'd have been lost without this book. It's smart, it's clear, it's funny -- and the author knows whereof she speaks. Obviously, she's a smart career woman, but she's also full of heart and soul. Buy this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pete D on March 16, 2005
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This is not just one great book, it's actually a couple great books - a business advice title of uncommon candor, a jaunty personal memoir, and an eye-opening account of life as a powerful woman and mother in corporate America. In the interest of full disclosure, Robin was one of my mentors - and this book manages to distill her cool wit, cut-to-the-chase honesty, and keen judgement into one galloping read. If you're a woman in corporate America, read this book - and if you're a man in corporate America, really read this book - Robin's rare combination of fearless leadership, humility and open heart are a model for look-yourself-in-the-mirror career success.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SF Book Lover on March 7, 2005
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As a long time business professional, I have read a ton of business books. Some have been good; most have been decidedly uninspiring. Too pat. Too predictable. Naked in the Boardroom is a happy exception. What Robin Wolaner does differently is to share candid realities about business--many of them not particularly pretty (but often quite funny). Then she shares the learning gleaned from her experiences. Her stories are engaging, made all the more intriguing because she pulls no punches. From Penthouse to Martha Stewart Living, there are lessons to be learned from beginning to end.
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