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Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success Hardcover – October 12, 2009
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good read! Don't agree with everything author says, but she is on point about a lot of things.Published 7 months ago by Hanna DeBruhl
Nicole Williams wins with this book! I found the content to be both entertaining and relatable. Practical advice for any twenty/thirty-something woman seeking better navigation in... Read morePublished 20 months ago by BG
Good read but I really appreciated some specific points in the book that I recall and find helpful in my career now.Published on May 6, 2014 by nes0810
I think most people could sit down and scratch out what the table of contents are without opening the front cover. Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by Gwendolyn P Smith
I am only about half way through the book because of my crazy work schedule, but I love it. Get a lot of comments about the title while I am at lunch or on the bus reading it, but... Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Red
GIRL ON TOP: YOUR GUIDE TO TURNING DATING RULES INTO CAREER SUCCESS tells how to take tactics used to land a man and apply them to a career to handle virtually any work situation. Read morePublished on January 16, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
Nicole really does tell it like it is in her book Girl on Top. She breaks down how to help a girl grab her dream job/career by using the same simple methods she would in snagging... Read morePublished on November 13, 2009 by Gimme The Scoop
GIRL ON TOP is a really cute book about how to use commonly known rules about dating to turn your career into a success. Read morePublished on November 5, 2009 by Haley Mathiot