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Standing at the Crossroads: Next Steps for High-Achieving Women Hardcover – May 8, 2002

ISBN-13: 858-0000250626 ISBN-10: 0787955701 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (May 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787955701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787955700
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For businesswomen who are unsure of which step to take on the road to success, Marian N. Ruderman and Patricia J. Ohlott offer Standing at the Crossroads: Next Steps for High-Achieving Women. Based on a study conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership, researchers Ruderman and Ohlott explain women's need to act authentically, make connections, control their destiny, achieve wholeness and gain self-clarity. Based on these needs, the authors' suggestions transcend the business world to help women with their personal and inner lives, too. For Ruderman and Ohlott, "[b]uilding a whole and full life is a critical task."
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"Finally, a book about women that goes beyond tired jargon and outdated platitudes. Standing at the Crossroads details how the issue of 'making it' shifts in subtle ways as women move up the ranks, creating new challenges and the need for new strategies. This book is a must-read for high-achieving women-and the people who lead them-who want to understand how things have changed in the forty years since the publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique."
--Joyce K. Fletcher, professor of management, Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston, and author of Disappearing Acts: Gender, Power, and Relational Practice at Work

"This is an important book that provides a pathway for understanding and action. As high-achieving women continue to change organizational landscapes, this work provides well-researched, illustrative, and balanced perspectives on what women are thinking and feeling today. Organizations and individuals will benefit from this book's insights and recommendations for organizational remedies."
--Yolan Williams, corporate succession planner, Verizon Communications, Inc.

"A much-needed resource for high-achieving women and those who support their development, this book provides a rich framework for understanding the intertwined career and life challenges that women leaders face and insightful strategies for developing and growing from these challenges."
--Lorrina J. Eastman, vice president, leadership development, Bank of America



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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "mmv2" on October 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book casually on my way into a bookstore... to add to those which I would peruse on my cross-country flight. I quickly found myself thoroughly engrossed in the stories of 61 women managers and executives who seemingly "had it all." I found myself thinking through episodes in my own life and identifying with the choices, tradeoffs, and dilemmas of several different women. It gave me some new appreciation of and insights into how successful women grapple with the issue of integrating their personal and professional lives in order to live life to the fullest, whatever their own personal definition of that might be. I used some of the strategies suggested in one chapter to help me think through a career problem I'm currently grappling with. This book was an easy and insightful read; it turned out to be the ONLY book I read during my flight! I would encourage all women, not just managers, to read this book; it addresses concerns that almost all of us have. For that matter, even though the research is based on women, I know from personal experiece that many men are grappling with similar issues, and they would probably find the book helpful as well. Even if not interested for themselves, it would help them better understand their wives, daughters, and female coworkers.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is written with women managers in mind, the issues and themes it discusses will resonate with every woman who has ever juggled a number of different roles in her life - and probably with many men as well! The authors discuss five key developmental themes in women's lives -- the need to act authentically, make connections, control one's destiny, achieve wholeness, and gain self-clarity -- and show how these themes combine to create a whole that is dynamic and unique to every woman. In addition, the book is filled with practical tips and helpful exercises to help the reader who wants to develop in these areas. One thing that makes this book stand out from many other popular business books is that it is based on an extremely solid piece of research. The authors interviewed more than sixty women, followed them over time, and collected other information about them. Yet, although it is based on an academic study, the book is an easy read - very enjoyable. Almost every woman should be able to find herself somewhere in this book. I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol R. on October 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book while attending a leadership course at the Center for Creative Leadership this past summer -- grappling with some issues related to gender and leadership. Every page of this book spoke to me in a way that the numerous other leadership books I've read never have. It provided clear examples to illustrate complex concepts, weaving together women's stories with principles gleaned from the authors' experiences and research, as well as related theories and research. I am an academic who has been in leadership roles for two decades. I found the book inspiring, educational, and is one I expect to go back to numerous times -- revisiting the exercises proposed to help think through relevant issues. I have recommended this book to many colleagues who are interested in women's leadership.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Danielle Whitener on March 8, 2012
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This is an excellent book. It presents a measured, purposeful approach to examining all aspects of one's professional life and evaluating whether the achievements are worth the price paid. I haven't reached the moment that says, "you can have it all!" but I'm guessing it's in here somewhere. Even the case study women who seem to have it figured out are involved in constant, recurrent re-evaluation. It may be exhausting to evaluate and change and re-evaluate and change again, but I believe, because the authors make me, that the work is worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By another employee on January 26, 2014
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Excellent book. One of my favorite's for working women. For the young, it can give an insight into what's to come. For the more experienced, it provides an explanation as to why your choices may have changed over time. Made me feel like there were so many other women in similar situations as I was throughout my career. Doesn't have the useless self help angle that only applies to a small group.
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