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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; Reprint edition (September 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076790463X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767904636
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fact that there are few women occupying top-level positions in corporate America has, for a long time, been blamed on a ubiquitous "glass ceiling." But according to Gail Evans, this is a tired myth implying a woman is a "person-who's-done-to instead of a person-who's-doing." In Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, CNN's ebullient--and successful--executive vice president puts forth a new thesis: women are not in star positions because they haven't yet learned how to play the game.

The game of business is played on a field where males have been comfortable since they were very young, says Evans. It's a game where winning is the obvious (and only) objective and where aggression, self-promotion, a tough skin, and an effective display of power are the signs of a winner. Women, on the other hand, enter the game disadvantaged, having been taught to be cooperative rather than competitive, to enjoy the process rather than simply the result, and to seek approval rather than assume success. In her entertaining, informative, and practical book, Evans sets out to level the playing field by providing instructions on how men play and by teaching women to play smarter and win on their own terms. In one section, where she offers such advice as "Toot Your Own Horn," "Accept Uncertainty," and "Be an Imposter," Evans presents a common business scenario. She shows the typical male and female responses to it, analyzes the problem with the woman's reaction, and offers advice on what to do differently. Writing in light, accessible prose, Evans supports her observations with both personal and professional anecdotes and covers the gamut of women's experiences on the corporate path. Evans's message is inspiring: women can learn to play the game as well as any man and bring with them a unique set of skills and experiences.

It's impossible to ignore a woman who has reached the top of her profession in a tough business and is still prepared to claim that "everything I ever needed to know about business I learned driving the car pool." --S. Ketchum --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"I want to let you women in on a secret I've learned through my years in the corporate world: There is a set of unwritten rules in business and, while you may not choose to follow all of them, if you don't know what they are, you might as well be playing the game with both hands tied behind your back."
--Gail Evans

Praise for Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman:

"[This] book is perfect for any woman looking for a step-by-step guide to becoming just as ruthless–and successful–as her boss."
--USA Today

"It's…The Rules for women on the corporate ladder, a no-nonsense look at what isn’t fair and how to get beyond it."
--Palm Beach Post-Cox News Service

"Gail Evans…has put together a practical, honest, often humorous playbook for career success that every woman (and a few men) should read… Read the book. Learn how to play the game, and win. Men shouldn’t be the only ones having fun."
--Press & Sun

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224 of 233 people found the following review helpful By linda l. gunnett on April 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you are a woman and have ever needed a reason to stop taking everything everybody says or does personally, this book says it. This is the guidebook to business that baby-boomer-females-in-the-businessplace never had. Gail Evans has lived what she preaches and speaks in a language women can understand. I was shaking my head "yes" throughout the book, as I recognized my own situation and frustrations in workplace. I knew it had something to do with my gender, but other than pointing the finger of blame at all men, I could not pinpoint what was happening in this male-created domain. I guess I thought I was the only person (read woman) who couldn't figure out the rules for success in the workplace. I also needed to hear the words from a very successful woman who learned by doing. I learned that I can still be a woman, but succeed in the male-created, male-dominated business world, and not feel like an imposter...which is exactly what one of her chapters deals with. You don't have to be a sell-out, but quit taking everything so damn personal....this is business. This is not a book written by a man who thinks he knows what women are thinking. And, it is not a book written by a woman who is so well-connected, or glamorous and beautiful, that you would wonder how she could not be a success in the businessplace. This is a book written by "one of us", and concentrates on exactly why many women struggle so hard to succeed in her job, no matter what that job is. If you are a manager, or a clerk, or anything in between, this book will help you as a female. I am giving a copy of this book to every working woman that I know...with a few exceptions; those who have already figured out the rules.Read more ›
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120 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is pitched as one that is helpful for women. I am sure that is the case. Not being a woman, I have to share its benefits from my perspective.
I have been a mentor for many working women, and this book does a nice job of addressing the kinds of issues that the women have brought up with me as well as the ones that I have brought up with them. In the past, I have provided copies of How to Be a Star at Work as a way to assist these women. In the future, I will provide this book, as well.
Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman does an excellent job of explaining how relationships and results need to be balanced at work. That is a juggling act that seems to confuse many women, and I found this book to be accurate and constructive in this area.
Interestingly, I find that a lot of men miss these points, too. I would also recommend this book to male colleagues and subordinates, both to make them more effective and to improve their understanding of how to communicate with female colleagues.
Basically, the book is all about miscommunication and misconception stalls that occur at work, especially the ones that tend to occur among men and women. The book is very effective in exploring those stalls and inproviding sound advice for overcoming the same stalls.
The only weakness I found in the book is that some subtle points about business interactions were missed. A lot of male aggressiveness and bluffing was described as just being acceptable, while the same thing by women is unacceptable. What Ms. Evans missed is that there is usually a kind of kidding humor involved to let everyone know that the aggressor is simply indicating a strong desire to play, backed up by self-confidence. That takes the sting out of the aggressiveness.
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Robin Peterson on July 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm thrilled that women like Gail Evans and Nancy Lloyd (author of "SIMPLE MONEY SOLUTIONS: 10 WAYS YOU CAN STOP FEELING OVERWHELMED BY MONEY AND START MAKING IT WORK FOR YOU) are finally in a position to let other women in on the "secrets" of career and financial success.
So many of us have to reinvent the wheel at work and with our finances. Until we learn to play like men at work and with our finances we will never reach our true potential.
I just wish these two books were around when I was starting out--I could have avoided a lot of costly career and financial missteps. There is sage wisdom in both books!
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Rene on June 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As women we need to educate ourselves about the business and financial worlds. For finances I strongly recommend "SIMPLE MONEY SOLUTIONS: 10 WAYS YOU CAN STOP FEELING OVERWHELEMED BY MONEY AND START MAKING IT WORK FOR YOU," by Nancy Lloyd. Nancy is the personal finance commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, a former Federal Reserve Board Economist and a former IBM executive and tells you the insider secrets that most financial planners will not reveal. It's a quick read but brimming with important and easy-to-follow financial moves. "PLAY LIKE A MAN, WIN LIKE A WOMAN" shows you the insider secrets about how men play in the corporate world. Both books will prepare you and your daughters (or even sons) to make their way in the real world without shooting themselves in the foot.
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87 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Martina on July 7, 2000
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I have owned my own business for years, and I disagree with virtually all of this book. While it has some snippets of good advice for women [don't be hesitant, apologetic or act unsure], it also had some ridiculous inconsistencies and stereotypes.
For example, Evans almost worships the way men do things, and portrays all women as incompetent at business, given their alleged stereotypical upbringing of playing with dolls and nurturing. She reinforces every negative stereotype about women. She discusses how men are naturally confident, and suggests that women pretend they are confident, even if they are not; however, in a later chapter, she says, "be yourself; be a woman; use your feminine wiles," because if you pretend, they will see through you. That's just not consistent advice.
She says women must appear serious about their work; but then later says it won't hurt your career to go off on the "Mommy track" for a few years. That is simply unrealistic in most companies.
In early chapters, she says women have to demand what they feel they deserve in the workplace just like men; yet, at the end of the book she contradicts this by grousing about how men can get away with things we women can't [they are allowed to get angry and be rude, fat and ugly; we absolutely cannot]. So which is it? Do we try to act like them; or like women; hard to tell from this rambling and inconsistent book.
Finally, the worst advice of all! She tells women they can contribute more to society and their careers by trying to work their way up in a large corporation, rather than leaving to start their own business, or by getting more fulfilling work at a smaller employer. This is preposterous. Even Ms.
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