Chances & Choices: How Women Can Succeed in Today's Knowledge-Based Businesses

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Both these works accept the premise that in the workplace women are more collaborative, more intuitive, more comfortable with 1ambiguity, and less confident with traditional hierarchies, negotiations, and power than men. Lerner-Robbins, a former columnist for New Woman magazine, focuses more on inspiration than on day-to-day issues. She adopts a New Age approach to women's careers, urging women to take pride in their choices and to seek "solidarity and sisterhood." Unfortunately, too much of her inspiration comes from excerpts of commencement addresses at women's colleges. Featured here are short personal interviews with prominent women such as Patricia Ireland, Gloria Steinem, Beverley Sills, Marianne Williamson, and Paula Zahn. Though some readers may be inspired, others will be put off by the monotonous exhortations and the universal prescription to "believe in yourself." Chances & Choices, based on the author's experience as an executive in Fortune 500 companies, takes a practical look at how business is changing and how women will fare in the future. Wylie argues that as business becomes more focused on facilitating rather than directing, changing rather than preserving the status quo, promoting diversity rather than homogeneity, women are poised to break the glass ceiling and come into their own. She surveys important topics such as networking, communicating, using power, and developing negotiating skills, successfully balancing anecdotes from executive women with sound advice on valuing what works for women in business and improving what doesn't. A welcome addition to business and career collections.
Mary-Ellen Mort, Univ. of California at Berkeley Extension
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Two economic phenomena are occurring simultaneously: the United States, once agrarian, later industrial, is now experiencing rapid growth of knowledge-based companies. Also, after about 1960 large numbers of women entered the labor force on career tracks. Thereafter they began hitting "glass ceilings" beyond which promotion was difficult or impossible. The author maintains that today's knowledge-based businesses are uniquely suited to the talents and skills inherent in women executives and this juxtaposition creates the opportunity for them to use their strengths - including managing, networking, and team-building - to advance their careers and break through glass ceilings. Although it could have been enhanced by more specific references to source materials, this book is a valuable "road map" to women's success in business. The chapter on goal setting and career planning is particularly good. Men who want to understand the cognitive and cultural differences existing between women and men in the workplace will also find much of value in Chances & Choices. -- From Independent Publisher

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