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skirt! Rules for the Workplace: An Irreverent Guide to Advancing Your Career Paperback – January 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: skirt!; 1st edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599212234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599212234
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,528,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Want a fulfilling career? To be paid what you are worth? To get ahead without leaving your ethics in the garbage? Kelly Love Johnson wants you to do all that, too, which is why she wrote the skirt! Rules for the Workplace. It's savvy, strategic, and suitable wisdom for any office."--Jennifer Baumgardner, author of Manifesta, Grassroots, and Look Both Ways
 
"In skirt! Rules for the Workplace, Kelly Love Johnson insightfully infuses the personal with the office political, provides you with a sharp glass cutter (for the glass ceiling) and a sturdy springboard (to jump the wage gap), and delivers a pantyhose-free kick to immediately take charge of your career."--Jeffrey Yamaguchi, creator of 52projects.com and author of Working For the Man: Inspiring and Subversive Projects for Residents of Cubicle Land. 
 
"A must read! Smart, insightful and oh so helpful, I love this book. Every woman--young and old--should read skirt! Rules for The Workplace. Why hasn't something this important been written before?"--Jane Porter, author of Flirting With Forty and Odd Mom Out
 
"I picked up skirt! Rules for the Workplace thinking that this is a book my students need--and it is. But before I was halfway through, I realized that the book is for me, too. It's funny, feminist, and packed with practical suggestions that will make your work life better--and make the workplace in general better for women. I learned something or got useful encouragement on every page. Young feminists often ask what they can do to change the world. Johnson gives them a set of skills they can put into practice immediately."--Alison Piepmeier, co-author of Catching a Wave:  Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century and director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston
 
"This book has many good tips and is a worthwhile read!"--Marion E. Gold, author of Personal Publicity Planner: A Guide to Marketing YOU and Top Cops: Profiles of Women in Command

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Humorous, practical, tell-it-like-it-is advice for women in the workplace.

Only seven of the Fortune 500 companies have a woman as CEO or President, and nearly 20 percent of them don’t have any women at all in upper management. In the bestselling tradition of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office and Who Moved My Cheese, Kelly Love Johnson lays out practical advice for career women who are starting out or who wonder why they’re not moving ahead. This is the book every graduating senior, receptionist, and entry-level assistant will steal from her best friend. Johnson shows how speaking out, embracing change, and changing others’ perceptions of working women can bring both personal and professional success. Chapters include: "The Alphas and the Betas: Personality Types," "A Feminist Says What?" and "Work Like a Girl." Using personal anecdotes, tried and true tactics, and a directory of resources and Web sites, Johnson shows readers how women can move ahead in the workplace just as well as men, as Ginger Rogers once said, "but backwards and in high heels."
 


 



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Kelly Love Johnson is a writer, editor and author. She got her first job at age 15, worked full-time through two college degrees, and earned her management skills badge by swimming with sharks and being thrown to the wolves. She hasn't worn pantyhose or fetched coffee in 10 years. Raised in Charleston, SC, she currently lives in Austin, TX.

Kelly is available for workshops, seminars, speaking engagements, and book signings. Contact her at kellylovejohnson[AT]gmail.com.

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This book gives advice in a humorous, but no-nonsense way.
Sabrina
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a change of pace--and a better view--in their current workplaces.
words2thewise
Personally, I feel that author is absolutely right in everything she says.
Islas Virgenes

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
Skirt seems clearly targeted to younger women (although these days, fewer and fewer women wear skirts to work). A lot of the advice would apply to both men and women of any age.

A good part of the book is devoted to being feminine vs. being unprofessional (i.e., no crying). Many pages give advise on asking for a raise. The author has great tips for getting ahead (pp. 34-35). She offers good examples of women who made big mistakes (including herself) and includes some basic taboos (getting drunk at the office party and dating your boss).

Chapter 10 is superb. I would tell my client and ezine readers to buy the book just to get Chapter 10: great advice on leaving a job and moving on to the next. I especially like her advice about what she calls "quitting in place." I've been saying that for years.

Two negatives:

On page 59, Johnson encourages anyone with emotional issues (such as inappropriate crying) to see a therapist. So far so good. But in today's environment, a good executive coach might be an even better choice. Coaches focus on strengths, not pathology. They create action plans instead of delving into history.

Johnson says therapy doesn't have to be expensive. She's half right. You usually get what you pay for. A lower-cost therapist might not have the educational credentials or experience to deal with a smart executive on the rise.

On page 59 she urges the reader to get names of therapists from their EAP and use the company's insurance plan. On page 67 she gets it right: don't trust anyone including EAP. She reminds readers that bosses get monthly reports of who's using the service and "can easily get more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Islas Virgenes on June 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I recommend this book for all women currently holding entry level or lower-middle management positions that have hopes of some day advancing the corporate ladder. This book is an excellent how-to success guide for women in Corporate America. All the tips are provided with clear explanations. If you have committed some of the errors the author lists in the past, instead of becoming defensive, try to understand her explanation; then it's up to you to decide whether or not you're willing to take the advice into consideration. Personally, I feel that author is absolutely right in everything she says. It's good to have someone else live the experiences (the wrong way), then advise you and prevent you from making a few of those mistakes yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By words2thewise on April 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Thank you, Kelly, for writing such a fun and anecdotal guide to getting the job you truly want! You know exactly what it takes and you tell the reader exactly how to get from Point A to Point B in the quickest way possible. I loved all of your personal stories and the checklists in the back of the book were extremely helpful. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a change of pace--and a better view--in their current workplaces. (PS: I was promoted after reading the advice in this book. It really works!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Lyubovitzky on September 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an easy to read and humorous book for someone new to the workplace. I don't agree with some advice - such as "absolute no bringing home cooking to the workplace." There are business settings where it is appropriate and adds to the atmosphere and both sexes contribute. There are some helpful references and additional resources to check out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Edwards on May 12, 2008
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I wish I had read this 20 years ago after I graduated from college and before I entered the work force. I have experienced many of the things she speaks about and her advice is right on the money.
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