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Sun Tzu for Women: The Art of War for Winning in Business Paperback – Bargain Price, January 14, 2011

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About the Author

Becky Sheetz-Runkle is cofounder and vice president of client services at Q2 Marketing. She is also a regular contributor to the Technology MarketingBlog. A 9th-Degree Black Belt in Sho Bushido Ryu Jujitsu, she holds black-belt ranks in three other martial arts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (January 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598699075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598699074
  • ASIN: B005GNK2IQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,848,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this book! So many things resonated with me and brought me back to a time when the "filters" of my life got in the way of achieving certain goals (and filters that continue to). Just a tiny, very early gem in the book, speaks about the belief of working hard. "Women believe if they work hard enough, everything will fall into place. After all, that's only fair. Unfortunately, its a fallacy". It is a HUGE fallacy. When I graduated college I was bright eyed and excited about the future. Upon entering the workforce, I believed that working very hard, achieving results, being forward thinking and being fully dedicated, would reap financial rewards and promotion. After all, this is my team, the people I spend nearly all my time with and a boss I fully support and help look good. A thank you, pat on the back and cost of living raise was hardly appropriate given the hours and enormous value that was delivered. After the gobsmacked sensation wore off I took a more tactical approach and got a raise, promotion and bonus with hardly the fight I expected. But what a rude (and great) awakening that was for me. Sadly,I continue to see similar situations happening to friends and relatives across many sectors and positions.

I use that small example above because as soon as I read it, I felt that every young woman entering the work/battlefield arena should be given this book. However, there are MANY invaluable concepts in this book, real world examples that include amazing women (in ways I never knew before) and "Battlefield Challenge" questions that really gets the brain juices flowing. It calls you to action and that is exciting and rare for a book to be able to do. I highly recommended it!

Note: If you are a Martial Arts fan, as I am, you will find some of the MA references incredibly enjoyable.
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I've read ALL the "women in business" motivational books. Some helped, some didn't, most are long forgotten. But when I started reading this book, I knew it was a winner. In the bookstore I picked a page at random and started reading, it was the story about Condoleeza Rice facing down an angry Boris Yeltsin and emerging victorious. I thought, "that's the kind of strength I need". I've had enough of being intimidated by "powerful" people. Using this book, I am marshalling my own personal power in new ways.

I could easily go on and on about the lessons I've learned about myself by reading this book, but I'll just share one more idea that the author presents in the chapter "Indomitable Spirit". I quote: "... passion is critical. If you're good, you deserve to be in a position where the things you care about matter. Your passion defines who you are . . . what does your passion and how you apply it to your work say about you?"

Since I read this, I weigh my actions with a new metric. Am I using my passion to make the best choices? To best direct my energy? To be most effective as a professional? To be effective in relationships in my personal life?

There are many Sun Tzu business books and spinoffs and some are frankly superficial. But this book has deep and powerful lessons on how to live and be a top performer. In particular, it will show you a path to be the best person you can be, and find strength you might not be aware you have.

Highly recommended!
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Sun Tzu for women provided sprinkles of Sun Tzu quotes from the Art of War. The quotes were carefully chosen to articulate various points expanded on in depth by Becky Sheetz-Runkle. Capturing much sage advice as to the value of, for example, always learning new skills, gaining allies, and choosing one's battles, Becky creates a captivating read. Sheetz-Runkle also incorporates bits of feminist literature in her write-up, making for a well organized structure consisting of quotes, explanations, feminist thought/literature, and numerous feminist examples. Each major section ends with a snippet from a successful women's own journey, such as from the highly influential Condoleezza Rice. These women role models' stories serve to further entrench the applicability of the strategies of Sun Tzu.

Of special delight were Becky Sheetz-Runkle's personal stories about her martial arts background and her eventual instruction of martial arts. Her "empty the cup" story is particularly valuable for those wanting to master skills without allowing the ego to impede progress. Sun Tzu's advice not only encapsulates a thoroughly insightful work of strategy for war, but also captures what it takes to overcome self-imposed limitations. An excellent read...
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Love this book and thoroughly enjoyed every page! I would highly recommend that every female professional read it. Whether you're established in your career, still have ambitions of growing, or are just starting out, this book contains great advice and several practical examples.
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Becky Sheetz-Runkle gets it, and she writes about it in her book Sun Tzu for Women. She writes about something that I deeply believe in, as an entrepreneur, CEO, business, coach, and human being. With her own experience as a focused martial arts practioner, she blends the spirit of Eastern philosophy with the black and white thinking of the West. She takes the old-world male battleground of business and drops today's modern business woman into it. Instead of trying to make a square peg fit into a round hole, she develops the theory that the best tactics in the world of business, especially for half of the workforce today who are women, is knowing oneself - a timeless trait for success.

The greatest leaders have been those who have gone into their deep internal core to fully understand who they are and to use their gifts, their authenticity, as a resource to create success, to motivate themselves and others, and to attract and achieve their deepest desires. There's great wisdom in Runkle's writing, as if she herself has been to that place. I know, because I too have been there. It is the place where the impossible can happen, where self-confidence is natural, not forced, where deep relationships form to leverage success for all; and, it is the place where an indomitable spirit can bust through barriers. Heed the wisdom of Runkle. She is the guide you'll want to learn from as you take the journey toward your own personal development for success.

Nanci Raphael, author of The Entrepreneur's Guide to Mastering the Inner World of Business and President of Leadership & Executive Development, LLC ([...])
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