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About the Author

From the Foreword:

"If you want to lead big, you have to know how to lead men – and that ain’t easy. Good thing you found this book. Because in these pages you will learn how to earn respect by focusing on what matters, leveraging your strengths, and being professional without being a robot in heels. You also have the benefit of a guide as sharp as Anna. Indeed, as we watch the number of women leaders slowly but steadily rise and stand on remarkable platforms of accomplishment in business, we owe a collective hat tip to women like her and books like this."

Emily Bennington, Founder of Awake Exec™ Conscious Career Design, Author of Who Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide to Corporate Domination

"The Professional Woman's Guide to Managing Men provides great insight into how women can leverage their strengths to be impactful managers and leaders. Anna's ability to share her experience as a professional and a coach makes this book relevant, realistic and authentic. This book is a great resource for any professional who is interested in developing the diverse talent on their team."

Angie Morgan, Former Marine Corps officer and Author of Leading from the Front

"If you're a woman on the rise professionally, you're destined to have the challenge of managing men. And, you're also also going to need this book. Anna Runyan skillfully teaches you the DOs and DONTs of managing men, with an emphasis on succeeding personally while helping the men around you thrive. The Professional Woman’s Guide to Managing Men offers you a win-win formula."

Ora Shtull, Executive Coach and Author of The Glass Elevator: A Guide to Leadership Presence for Women on the Rise

Anna Runyan

Anna Runyan has successfully worked in a male-dominated field for seven years as a Government Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. She is a Career Coach and Founder of one of the top career development blogs, ClassyCareerGirl.com, which recently made the Forbes "Top 100 Websites For Your Career" list. She is also Professor of Career Development and Management at DeVry University and her career advice has been featured in Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, and People StyleWatch magazine. Anna lives with her husband, John, in San Diego.

Get more career advice and inspiration from Anna Runyan at ClassyCareerGirl.com and follow her on Twitter @classycareer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: ImPackt Publishing (November 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783000287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783000289
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Professional Woman's Guide to Managing Men is a great resource for any business woman striving to succeed in managing men on a daily basis.
It is an insightful professional guide that covers not just learning your own leadership strengths as a manager, but how to utilize them in your day to day managing tasks. The guide is a great tool for ladies just beginning their career in managing men, as well as those career ladies who have been managing men for some time. Runyan does a great job including her personal experiences, techniques, suggestions, and self evaluations for her readers in each chapter.
I would recommend this "Professional Woman's Guide" to other career business ladies striving to manage men successfully.
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This book explains what you might expect--differences in male and female communication styles, using humor, having friendly competition in the workplace, not being the "office mom", etc. What bothers me is that Anna Runyan talks about the need for women to be competent, smart, and professional in the workplace, (the words "professional woman" is in the title) yet brands herself as a "girl". She says "refrain from using the term 'boy' when referring to men. No man likes to be called a boy because it makes him look less masculine." Women are much more likely to be called girl than a man is to be called boy anyway. So you can see my confusion here, why the word "girl" is the author's persona. No adult female should be referred to as a girl or refer to herself as a girl, and she's giving mixed messages here.

There's no problem at all with women participating in office sports talk or in more traditionally male dominated pursuits, but we as women need to be cautious about bending to their hobbies and interests (if they don't particularly interest us), if the males aren't willing to take interest in what we enjoy (maybe they see something we liked on Pinterest and comment). She made the example of "fantasy football" as a friendly office competition--well if we are encouraging female participation in that, can't we also encourage both genders to participate in a holiday cookie contest or something? It goes both ways--have some office activities that are more traditionally male AND ones that are more traditionally female.

In general though, this book does help females avoid communication pitfalls and more successfully manage men.
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At first I didn’t think that this book would be very relevant to me, but as I started reading it, I was so thankful I decided to. This book is essential for anyone wanting to learn or enhance the skills needed to become a great manager and leader. No matter what stage of your career you are in, you will learn something. Men and women are very different in the workplace, and knowing how to manage both is essential to success.
The book begins by taking a good look at yourself and identifying your current state. You’ll identify your natural strengths and leadership skills, but also learn about what to work on and how to fix common mistakes that women make, such as being a perfectionist or not being decisive enough.
Anna gives great advice on how to stand up for yourself more as well as advocate your accomplishments without overdoing it. Another important topic she covers describes ways to be more assertive and to look smart without being overbearing or bitchy. She outlines effective communication methods for both sexes. I never have been very assertive or be one to toot my own horn about my accomplishments, but now I see why I should do this, and how I can.
This book will help you put your best foot forward, help you to look and be more professional.
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This is a great, easy read! Real life examples, insightful advice and truly a fabulous guide for how to take your management career to the next level as a woman. I highly recommend this book for professional women who are current managers or professional women who are looking to become managers one day. This s a MUST READ if you fall into either of these categories. What I appreciated about this book is that it was actionable and a step-by-step how to guide. I know that I am a better manager now after reading Anna’s book.
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This brook provides helpful guidance along with practical applications. I am not currently in a managerial position but I was able to learn a great deal from the book. There are also activities that help the reader use what was just covered. I will definitely read this book again and keep if as a resource for further research projects.
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There is no doubt that managing men is a cause for anxiety for professional women. It's a big component of why there is a steep drop in the percentage of males and females in managerial positions.

Not only does this Guide offer tips to ease that anxiety, but it reinforces of our own strengths. Like many fears, it's all in our head. Anna tells us that trust, respect and comfortability in any workplace come from our own hard work and ethics, and not because we have to act like "one of the boys". Skills like teamwork, organization, encouragement and leadership are what really matter as manager.

If there is one thing about this book that I love, it's that if you just have confidence in yourself as a professional, gender doesn't matter.
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