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Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success Hardcover – October 12, 2009

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About the Author

Nicole is the best-selling author of Wildly Sophisticated: A Bold New Attitude for Career Success and Earn What You're Worth, and the founder of WORKS by Nicole Williams, the first media and content company marketed toward young professional women. Her advice is featured regularly in major media outlets including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times. Nicole also regularly appears on The Today Show, ABC's Primetime, Good Morning America, Fox News, and CNN. Visit her website at www.nicolewilliams.com and www.girlontopbook.com.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (October 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599951924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599951928
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Girl on Top is a dating-rules-turned-career-advice book aimed at informing young women how to seek and build a successful career. The author, Nicole Williams, is very blunt, moderately funny and sometimes a bit crass. I am a fan of blunt and funny but I did not necessarily enjoy the crass comments, although they did not necessarily detract from the message she was trying to convey.

Ms. Williams did a pretty good job of turning classic dating "rules" into key points on how to make it in the big bad world of business. However, there were times that I felt some of the dating "rules" did not really apply in a woman's career. There were also some controversial bits of advice, such as using how you look to get ahead. Ms. Williams fully acknowledges that some of her advice is controversial but also has valid reasons for bringing those topics into the discussion and it added a bit of perspective as to how women and men in the workplace view (and judge) you. In general, Girl on Top is a quick read that skims the surface of several important issues that young women should know before entering the workforce.

Overall, I think the book was okay. Girl on Top is a book that young women about to enter or just entering the workforce might find informative and useful. It certainly raises issues that I did not think of when I started out in my career and it would have been helpful to have had this book at the time.
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Business, like dating, has rules of engagement. To build the right relationships and be successful, you need to navigate your surroundings carefully, adapt, and never settle for second best. Nicole Williams captures the spirit of dating and office politics in her book, Girl on Top. Williams takes personal lessons from the dating field and constructs a roadmap for business success. She conveys her journey and life lessons in a very frank manner and a clear "been there, done that" tone. This helps in offering readers a fresh and honest spin on how to grow your career.

For example, in the chapter, "Get a Life, " Williams describes the trap many women (and men) fall into when they wait for something to happen and sacrifice themselves (and their careers) in the process. In the chapter, "Don't Give Away Your Milk for Free," Williams talks about personal worth and negotiation. This is critical in the workplace and for driving up the corporate ladder. If you can't define to yourself the value you bring to your company, you will get devalued and so will your opportunities.

And like in any dating scenario, sometimes the job you have is not going anywhere and you have to move on. Williams takes care to make the point that if you are clear with who you are, what you're worth, and what you're willing to do to meet your goals, you need to take stock in the situation you find yourself. If you're unhappy, and hanging on for various reasons, you're doing your career a disservice. Set clear goals, surround yourself with supporters, and build a new plan where you can find another place (or long-term relationship) that leverages your strengths and talents.

In summary, Girl on Top is decidedly slanted towards a female audience, but don't let that fool you.
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This book by career expert Nicole Williams is the book I've been waiting for. As a 27-year old trying to climb the corporate ladder, it's difficult to find practical and completely applicable advice that isn't sugar-coated (or coming from an HR professional who's been in the same position for 20+ years). Girl on Top is not only easy to understand and honest, but it's relevant to the young professional's lifestyle as a whole--any young woman will truly appreciate Williams' candid advice.
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Every so often a "Eureka" moment comes along that flicks the proverbial light switch in the human brain to the "on position." Girl on Top is the end product of author Nicole Williams' "Eureka" insight. Williams, after being newly-single, had a "Eureka" moment while reading dating advice books. Her epiphany was that many of "The Rules" for romantic relationships were equally applicable to the 9-5 world.

Williams declares, "Dating rules turned career strategies . . . [are] everything you need to be the Girl on Top!" Each chapter explores how the identified dating rule applies to the modern day work world. Reading Girl on Top is like listening to a mash-up of the Dating Rules Hall of Fame with chapters on "Treat Him Mean, Keep Him Keen;" "Don't Giveaway the Milk For Free;" "Don't Waste the Pretty;" "Play Hard to Get;" "Be Willing to Walk Away;" and many more.

Williams' conversational girlfriend to girlfriend delivery is smart, savvy, and witty, but also contains language that may offend some readers. Other readers may take issue with some her suggestions. Williams deflects these criticisms by summarizing Girl on Top as "an easy-to-get-your-head around way of thinking about your job, in a language that we're already familiar with, in a context that makes the mind-numbing boring theory of career a little more fun."

Girl on Top is an entertaining tome on a serious subject!

Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (October 12, 2009), 208 pages
Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.
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