They Don't Get It, Do They?: Communication in the Workplace - Closing the Gap Between Women and Men

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Two decades after the publication of They Don't Get It, Do They?, much less has changed for women seeking equal opportunity and pay at work than they ever expected. In this book, Kathleen Kelley Reardon Ph.D., the author of The Secret HandshakeIt's All Politics and Comebacks at Work, turns her extraordinary observational skills toward obstacles to women's advancement. Author of such Harvard Business Review articles as "The Memo Every Woman Keeps in Her Desk" and "Courage as a Skill," Reardon fills her book with scores of real-life examples. They Don't Get It, Do They? shows how to identify, understand and overcome the hidden subtexts of business conversations. Men and women speak different languages at work but different shouldn't mean better or worse, Reardon argues. Yet history shows that those distinctions are made every day in organizations around the world, where women continue to be poorly represented at the top and significantly underpaid in most fields and at nearly every level. Through hundreds of interviews and her own extensive experience in business, Reardon has produced an insightful examination of the gender communication rift. She explores how differing perceptions -- as well as realistic concerns that men have of women taking their jobs -- perpetuate a chasm between the sexes. Following Reardon's empowering advice, women can learn to develop a language that bridges the divide without requiring that they mimic men or sacrifice the benefits of their personal styles. Communication, it turns out, is the hard stuff of business and Kathleen Kelley Reardon's books are at the forefront of exploring the complexities so many of us don't notice. This is your chance to learn why we're all at least 75% responsible for the way we're treated at work and what that means for women in terms of turning things around for the better.

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Praise for They Don't Get It, Do They?"A work of passion and commitment!"-- Rosabeth Moss Kanter, author of World Class:  Thriving Locally in the Global Economy"This remarkable, scholarly and, yes, exciting book makes the invisible visible.  It makes Katheen Kelley Reardon's invisible woman both clearly visible and well understood, and it reveals the cultural roadblocks to serious acceptance and, therefore, serious success.  But it goes beyond revelation to offer stunningly rational and reasonable solutions.  Women will learn a great deal from this book, but men can learn a great deal more."-- Sidney Harman, Chairman, Harman International"They may not 'get it," but Kathleen Reardon certainly does.  She breaks new ground and offers the reader an extremely intelligent, useful, and humorous road map for avoiding the detours along the corporate road to success."-- Jean Lipman-Blumen, author of The Connective Edge: Leading in an Independent World

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For women in power, aggressive business tactics are often labeled "pushy" and a hard-driving style is frequently dismissed as "bitchiness."  If these degrading terms sound familiar, it's because they are common products of the communication gap between men and women in the workplace.They Don't Get It, Do They? explains how to close that gap.  Using dozens of real-life examples, Kathleen Kelley Reardon shows how to identify, understand, and overcome the hidden subtexts of business conversations.  By following her savvy, empowering advice, women will be able to advance their careers -- and ultimately claim their rightful place at the top.Kathleen Kelley Reardon is an associate professor of management and organization at the University of Southern California Business School.  She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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