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Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman: What Men Know About Success that Women Need to Learn Paperback – September 11, 2001
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"[This] book is perfect for any woman looking for a step-by-step guide to becoming just as ruthless–and successful–as her boss."
"It's…The Rules for women on the corporate ladder, a no-nonsense look at what isn’t fair and how to get beyond it."
--Palm Beach Post-Cox News Service
"Gail Evans…has put together a practical, honest, often humorous playbook for career success that every woman (and a few men) should read… Read the book. Learn how to play the game, and win. Men shouldn’t be the only ones having fun."
--Press & Sun
From the Back Cover
A major reason for this? Most women were never taught how to play the game of business.
Throughout her career in the supercompetitive, male-dominated media industry, Gail Evans, one of the country's most powerful executives, has met innumerable women who tell her that they feel lost in the workplace, almost as if they were playing a game without knowing the directions.
She tells them that's exactly the case: Business is indeed a game, and like any game, there are rules to playing well. For the most part, Gail has discovered, women don't know them.
Men know these rules because they wrote them, but women often feel shut out of the process because they don't know when to speak up, when to ask for responsibility, what to say at an interview, and a lot of other key moves that can make or break a career.
Now, in her book Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, Gail Evans reveals the secrets to the playbook of success and teaches women at all levels of the organization--from assistant to vice president--how to play the game of business to their advantage.
Sharing with humor and candor her years of lessons from corporate life, Gail Evans gives readers practical tools for making the right decisions at work. Among the rules you will learn are:
- How to Keep Score at Work
- When to Take a Risk
- How to Deal with the Imposter Syndrome
- Ten Vocabulary Words That Mean Different Things toMen and Women
- Why Men Can be Ugly, and You Can't
- When to Quit Your Job
Evans is not saying that every woman has to play exactly by men's rules--not at all. Women bring many inherent traits to the workplace that can provide them with a potential advantage over men, such as a woman's ability to form relationships, or her intuition. But women do need to know the basic rules so that they can understand the full consequences of their every action and how it makes an impact on their career.
An honest and practical handbook that reveals important insights into relationships between men and women and work, Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, is a must-read for every woman who wants to leverage her power in the workplace.
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780767904636
- ISBN-13 : 978-0767904636
- Product Dimensions : 5.19 x 0.53 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Currency; Reprint Edition (September 11, 2001)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 076790463X
- Best Sellers Rank: #349,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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didn’t like: points deducted for preface and introduction.
in some ways this feels like it was written in the 1950s. felt incredibly dated.
having men turn you into daughter wife sister mistress was odd. also to continue the relationship so you don't burn bridges??? wth.
it struck me that there wasn't much in contrast, talked about re asserting your personal boundaries about what is or is not acceptable behavior, related to male/female interactions in the workplace.
liked: some good thoughts on seeing other perspectives, looking deeper into why as a woman, you may have fallen victim to habits/conditioning that does not serve as your best and highest good.
better books: mel robbins 5 second rule, work it out, etc.
Excellent advice such as "quit saying your sorry" and not to settle for less because you're being a team player (she used an example of how a man will negotiate for the biggest office with the newest furniture while a woman in the same position would settle for used furniture in a smaller office to be a team player). She does also impress upon us that women do have partiulcar natural abilities that we need to exploit towards our success and some of those have to do how men tend to naturally relate to us.
I still refer to things that have stuck with me when I read the book a few years ago and I plan on picking it up again to re-read it - yes, it's most definitely one of those kind of books.
Also, finally, it's pretty short and sweet and it's basic.... kind of like some of us. Highly effective tool to add to your tool box!
Business is a game and Gail will help you understand the rules and win the game. She outlines the ground rules, prepares you to play, then explains how the score is kept. After laying out the basic game, the book then offers fourteen rules for success and six things man can do at work and women can’t. The book ends with tips on how to enter and end the game and some final advice.
According to Gail of course the object is to win the game. This is done by feeling good about what you do. When you feel good, you feel fulfilled and you win. If you love your business life, you will not be miserable.
You must understand your role. Think of a sports team. Each player has position and knows the job. The pitcher is not the catcher. They do work together but each as a different role. Train for work, just like you would a sport. Listen to your coach. Don’t take things personally any more than a pro would striking out. It happens.
The fourteen rules include speak up, speak out, accept uncertainly and more. With each rule Gail outlines typical situations and how win in each one.
This is an easy read so get the book, but keep a highlighter handy. You’ll be marking the sage advice to remind yourself of the rules.
They can drink. We can't
They can cry. We can't.
They can have sex. We can't.
They can fidget. We can't.
They can yell. We can't.
They can have bad manners. We can't.
They can be ugly. We can't.
Now then, even though we can all argue that this is not always true, her concept is a marvelous instigator of REAL conversation about some of the different expecations we have of men versus women. I'm glad I bought this book back in 2000, and I'm glad I kept it all these years. I recommend reading it yourself to see if eight years has evidenced any change. See more from "Thinkwriter" at [...]
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Women come to work with a different set of assumptions around how to be a team player, and how to work in order to advance the company's goals. Then they wonder why the less-qualified jerk they've been working with gets promoted ahead of them. It's not willful misogyny, it's just that men are scoring your behaviour using a different set of guidelines. This book offers some interesting insights into that process.
I think this is also a useful read for men, who might be interested to understand more about why women behave the way they do, and for the more enlightened amongst you, might even see the value in it.
I recognize that one shouldn't generalize across an entire gender's behaviour, but there are enough commonalities addressed here to make this a useful read for anyone.
Wish I had read this 25 years ago.