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    Inspired to extend a helping hand to ambitious women working in corporate America, a veteran executive offers honest, practical, slightly irreverent advice about navigating companies that are run and populated predominately by men: how to interpret their sometimes surprising behavior, avoid common mistakes, flourish with the good guys, deal with the bad guys, and nurture a wonderful, satisfying career in a non-traditional role.

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  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    The Spirit of the Discreet Guide
    FIRST PRINCIPLES
    The Facts of Life
    In and Out of the Men’s Room
    Tuning In and Dropping Out
    Hold It Right There, Lady
    Skeptical Spectacles and a Critical-Thinking Cap
    YOUR SISTAS AND YOU
    Whose Girl Are You?
    Taking Care
    You’re Different, and That’s Only Mostly Bad
    Impressions and the Real Thing
    Sistas
    EARLY MANEUVERS
    School Days
    Your First Company
    The Cubette
    NAVIGATION TIPS
    Guiding Lights
    The Big C’s: Competition, Challenge, and Conflict
    DANGER—FALLING COCONUTS
    Sit Down and Shut Up
    How Do You Get Anything Done?
    He Doesn’t Think You’re Very Smart
    But Don’t Be Dumb
    TOUCHY SUBJECTS
    After Hours
    One-on-One: Danger Zones
    Sex At Work
    GUYS, GUYS, GUYS
    The Big Guy
    The Good Guys
    International Guys
    The Messed-Up Ones
    Bad Guys
    Super Bad Guys
    YOU’RE A BIG GIRL NOW
    Managing—Between a Rock and a Hard Place
    Work—Why You’re Paid
    THE EXECUTIVE WOMAN’S DILEMMA
    What? I Can’t Hear You
    Courage
    Common Sense
    A Powerful Combination
    THE PRIDE OF THE LIONESS
    Power and Risk
    Leadership
    THE DIAMOND

Newsflash from the Dropouts! We Have Not Forgotten

As I am speaking to lots of professional women’s groups, I am encountering lots of women. And I am discovering that lots of them are angry. Women who dropped out of corporate America and started their own businesses are often particularly vocal. Women who felt that they suffered from an uneven playing field are anxious to tell me about what they had to go through, and they are not taking the high road. They are furious. They don’t give a flying you-know-what about building collegial relationships with their male colleagues, which I advocate in my book. They hope those guys all burn in hell.

“They said I’d done well in the interview, but they weren’t going to hire me because they were afraid that the guys wouldn’t want to work for a woman.”

“I owned a company as a partnership with a man, and when we won an award, he accepted the award and never even mentioned my name. He said it never occurred to him.”

“I was sick of having those guys look down my blouse but otherwise ignore me.”

“My boss would stick his head in to say hi to each of the guys on my hallway every morning and would walk right by my door and not say a thing.”

“He told me he couldn’t take me out for coffee anymore because I had curled my hair last time we went out, so what were people supposed to think?”

“I thought my job was to work hard, and my boss kept giving me more work, so I thought I was doing the right thing. But I never got promoted.”

“I was using a lint brush to get some dust off my jacket in my office, and one of my co-workers came in and said, ‘I wish I was that lint brush.’ I didn’t know what to say.”

“My new boss was always staring at my tits. Then I asked for part-time work, and he said no. So I just quit.”

Listening to these women makes my skin crawl. Even years and years after the infractions, they still turn sad and confused. Or red and agitated. The absolute unfairness of what they had to endure still enrages them whether it was sexual harassment, a double standard, or cruel denigration.

“Ha ha,” says one of these bitter women looking at my book. “I don’t need your book because I have my own company now, and I don’t have to put up with their sh*t.” Only she didn’t say “sh*t.” She said the whole word.

 
 

Copyright © 2012 Jennifer K. Crittenden

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