Books and Website Recommendations…


Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus, 2003
In today’s cutthroat business world, where job security is virtually non-existent, bragging is a necessity—not a choice.  This book teaches you how to toot your own horn in a way that’s sincere, feels comfortable, and is appealing to those you’re trying to impress.

Climbing the Corporate Ladder in High Heels by Kathleen Archambeau, 2006
Neither the “break through the glass ceiling” school of thought nor the “sugar and spice and everything nice” little girl approach, this book tells women how to be both successful and fulfilled without becoming just like men.

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, 1990
This teaches “mindfulness,” a concept that involves living in the moment, paying attention, and simply “being” rather than “doing.” It is done through several meditation techniques that focus the attention most clearly, whether it’s on a simple phrase, your breathing, or various parts of your body.

If You’ve Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything by Ann Crittenden, 2004
Describes the parenting skills that are transferable to the workplace and the lessons of leadership that can be learned from raising children.

In the Company of Women by Pat Heim and Susan Murphy, 2001
Illustrates how and why female workplace relations break down, as well as how women can inspire one another to new levels of excellence.

Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness through Situational Leadership by Ken Blanchard and Patricia Zigarmi, 1985
This teaches you how to tailor your management style to different employees.

Naked in the Boardroom: A CEO Bares Her Secrets So You Can Transform Your Career by Robin Wolaner, 2005
Renowned media executive Robin Wolaner delivers the 80 Naked Truths businesswomen need to develop presence, seize power, and achieve success.

The Naked Truth; A Working Woman’s Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters by Margaret Heffernan, 2004
Margaret Heffernen, former CEO, fuses her own experience with that of hundreds of women to identify the biggest challenges that women face today—and the best solutions.

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage their Careers by Lois Frankel, 2004
This book uncovers 101 behaviors that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults.  Take the assessment to see which ones may be holding back your career.

Necessary Dreams: Ambitions in Women’s Changing Lives by Anna Fels, 2004
Discusses how women’s ambitions are still undermined in subtle ways and illustrates what is necessary for women to articulate—and fulfill—their dreams.

Now, Discover your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton, 2001 and Go Put your Strengths to Work by Marcus Buckingham, 2007
Based on data from the Gallup Institute, these books demonstrate that people do best when you focus on their strengths, not their weaknesses.  Both include an on-line assessment to take; in the first book to identify your strengths and in the second book to identify how much you are using your strengths at work.

On Becoming Fearless…in Love, Work and Life by Arianna Huffington, 2006
Conquering fear is crucial to living a full life and to making a difference in the world.  This book offers stories and inspirations on how to overcome our fears.  This is not as “corporate” as others on this list, but has a lot of valuable information for women on work and leadership.

Pitch Like a Girl: How a Woman Can Be Herself and Still Succeed by Ronna Lichtenberg, 2005
As a woman, you may feel uncomfortable when it comes to promoting yourself and asking for what you want.  This book tells you why it’s an advantage to be who you are and how to do better by bringing more of yourself to work.

Play Like a Man; Win Like a Women by Gail Evans, 2000
Reveals important insights into relationships between men and women and work.

Tripping the Prom Queen: the Truth about Women and Rivalry by Susan Shapiro Barash, 2006
Based on interviews with women, this book discusses why women can be our own worst enemies.  More importantly, it gives techniques for overcoming this phenomenon.  Discusses both work and non-work situations.

Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever, 2003
Identifies the dramatic difference between men and women in their propensity to negotiate for what they want; shows women how to ask, and why they should.

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