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Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 12, 2009
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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
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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. Much of the life lessons and guidance Williams outlines applies equally to men. As a resource, the book is constructed with a high read-to-implement ratio which allows you to quickly adopt tips that can improve both your career and love life.
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.