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The Professional Woman's Guide to Managing Men Paperback – November 21, 2013
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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 aint 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 Its a Mans 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 Womans 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 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While this is written to specifically address traits that are more prevalent in women, the guidance given could be used by women and men alike. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by archtrgeek
This book is a great resource for any professional woman who wants to learn how to better manage men. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer
A quick, useful read about one of the most important topics for women in the workplace. We are lucky to be living in an age of so much change and exciting challenges. Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by Daniella Alpher
Managing people is no easy feat, but equip with the right tools, the impossible becomes possible. Anna Runyan relies on her experience as a seasoned Government Consultant to... Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Melissa Pierre-Louis
The Professional Woman’s Guide to Managing Men was recommended to me by my mentor. I don’t technically manage men, but I work in an industry that is male dominated. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by EPatrick
Anna Runyan has written a comprehensive, useful, well-written guide to working with and managing men. I’ve worked with men in male-dominated industries for over 20+ years. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Savvy Working Gal
I had the opportunity to read Anna Runyan's book, "The Professional Woman's Guide to Managing Men" and found it to be incredibly insightful! Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Shinjini Das
I have held management roles in the past. This book had some great insight that could have helped me in certain situations. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Crystal
The Professional Woman's Guide to Managing Men is a great resource for all women in the workforce, not just managers! Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Catherine