- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; 51236th edition (October 13, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416589198
- ISBN-13: 978-1416589198
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Former CEO of Veuve Cliquot, Guiliano (French Women Don't Get Fat) offers yet another charming dose of no-nonsense advice in this straightforward guide to living a successful and fulfilling professional life. She acknowledges that creating and maintaining a lifestyle of grace, beauty and sophistication is more challenging than ever, especially for the modern professional woman. Happily, Frenchwoman Guiliano shares her sensible secrets to climbing the ladder in a male-dominated world while still maintaining style, dignity and reputation. She shares tips for becoming a great leader and an effective manager; the importance of mastering communication skills; honing your brand through a polished, professional appearance; handling advances in the workplace; and entertaining at home. French phrases liberally sprinkled through the text and a confiding entre nous tone lend a sense of chic and fun absent in other leadership and career guides. (Oct.)
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"Guiliano offers yet another charming dose of no-nonsense advice in this straightforward guide to living a successful and fulfilling professional life." -- Publishers Weekly "Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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The appeal of the former: its philosophy was different than that of American culture and so was insightful in bringing a new perspective/approach.
This book: not so much. It's common business sense and not particularly interesting. Too much about her own achievements, too much fluff. I found myself skimming the book for the headlines of the chapters, then finally just putting it down.
Of course it could also be that the advice given by both women is simply timeless but needs to be said in a variety of ways to capture each new generation or to remind those of us who've been around a while that old-fashioned methods still work. . . A nice read if you've not read any business or lifestyle books in a while.
She argues that life is lived in episodes and stages and that what is right at one stage, may no longer be right in the next. Episodes for Giuliano are more arbitrary and self-contained, while stages are more like steps in a progression towards a goal, which need to be managed carefully and with savoir faire.
I found that her discussion of women in positions of leadership was most inspiring. In chapter 10 "(Business) Women and Men are Different" Giuliano writes about the way women corporate executives are described in movies as "she-witch diva [s]", manipulative, untrustworthy, "people-using-and abusing" etc.... This stereotype puts off many young ambitious women, who do not want to turn into those self-centered monsters, and would prefer to remain in a lower, safer position and away from the mayhem of the executive suite. Guiliano demonstrates in Women Work and the Art of Savoir Faire that a woman in a leadership position can be a model of order, reason and sanity, and that more women should strive for the top positions in their organizations. A great read!
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