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Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman: What Men Know About Success that Women Need to Learn Paperback – September 11, 2001
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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.
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."
"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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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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! More women should read this book and follow the advice. Unfortunately women are their own worst enemy and we do not support each other in the work place.Published 2 months ago by Karen L.
This book really helped me look at myself and realize things about myself that I knew but didn't think about. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrea
This book rocks. Every person in the workforce should read it. Men need to read it to understand gender differences and level the playing field. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol M. Meerschaert
I foiund the book clear and concise. A great book for women looking guidance on how to successfully navigate their careers in the corporate world.Published 7 months ago by djsqueeze
Arrived as described. Have not had opportunity to read yet. Will edit review after reading.Published 8 months ago by Ashley
I loved the real life scenarios expressed in this book that were totally relatable. Some rules may not apply to everyone like she says but it's all about knowing yourself and what... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michelle