Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office 101 – A Book Summary

Dr. Frankel clearly identifies the common mistakes -101 in

all–that women commit unconsciously to sabotage their

careers. This book provides revolutionary guides to help

the women of today eliminate the girl-like behaviors they

became accustomed with, which hold them back professionally.

How You Play the Game

Unfortunately, women are not as trained to participate in

competitive sports. It is only recently that women started

making their marks in this field. Thus, most women do not

know the rules of the game of business. They simply do not

know how to play it–and more importantly, how to win it.

Some of the common mistakes women commit as they play the

game of business are: pretending it isn’t a game; playing

the game safely and within bounds; working hard; doing the

what you want; avoiding office politics; being the

conscience; protecting jerks; holding your tongue;

failing to capitalize on relationships; and, not

understanding the needs of your constituents.

How You Act

Being successful in the world of business is not only

dependent on your knowledge of how to play it. It is also

important to know how to act, professionally. Dr. Frankel

enumerates some unlikely behaviors in the workplace that

can be hard career busters.

These are: polling before making a decision; needing to

be liked; not needing to be liked; not asking questions

for fear of sounding stupid; acting like a man; telling

the whole truth and nothing but the truth (so help you

God); sharing too much personal information; being

overly concerned with offending others; denying the

importance of money; flirting; acquiescing to bullies;

decorating your office like your living room; feeding

others; offering a limp handshake; being financially

insecure; and, helping.

How You Think

Changing the way you think can greatly impact a change

in your career. Note the beliefs and thought patterns

you learn early in girlhood that you need to reconsider

and then eventually forget.

Some of these are: making miracles; taking full

responsibility; obediently following instructions;

viewing men in authority as father figures; limiting

your possibilities; ignoring the quid pro quo (something

that’s exchanged in return for something else); skipping

meetings; putting work ahead of your personal life;

letting people waste your time; prematurely abandoning

your career goals; ignoring the importance of network

relationships; refusing perks; making up negative

stories; and, striving for perfection.

How You Brand and Market Yourself

Marketing oneself is as important as marketing a

specific brand. Think of yourself as a brand that’s

needs to be marketed effectively. Alongside these come

some important points that women need to particularly

remember.

The following are some mistakes to avoid in marketing

yourself: falling to define your brand; minimizing your

work or position; using only your nickname or first name;

waiting to be noticed; refusing high-profile assignments;

being modest; staying in you safety zone; giving away

your ideas; working in stereotypical roles or

departments; ignoring feedback; and, being invisible;

How You Sound

Put special attention to your choice words, tone of voice,

speed of speech …