Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers – Lois P. Frankel
In ‘Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office,’ Dr. Lois P. Frankel addresses 101 unconscious mistakes that women often make in their professional lives, which can hinder their career growth. The book offers expert advice on how to recognize and overcome these behaviors, empowering women to achieve their full potential and excel in the workplace.
Leaving Childhood Behaviors Behind
Frankel emphasizes the importance of outgrowing behaviors that society associates with ‘nice girls.’ These actions often hold women back in their careers and prevent them from being seen as competent and capable professionals.
Recognize and unlearn these behaviors to strengthen your professional image.
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Being Assertive, Not Aggressive
Assertiveness is key to professional success.
Women are often encouraged to be polite and accommodating rather than assertive.
Find a balance between assertiveness and aggressiveness, learning to communicate your needs and opinions with confidence.
Women often downplay their accomplishments and wait for recognition instead of promoting themselves.
Make your skills and achievements known to colleagues and supervisors, so your work and value are acknowledged and rewarded.
Effective Decision Making
Hesitating or deferring decisions can be detrimental to your career progression.
Develop a sense of decisiveness, learning to make confident and informed decisions without procrastinating or overanalyzing.
Learning to establish and maintain boundaries at work is crucial.
Avoid being overburdened with tasks, and prioritize your well-being.
Communicate effectively with coworkers and supervisors to avoid excessive demands or distractions.
Networking and Mentorship
Cultivating a professional network and seeking mentorship aids in career growth and advancement.
Develop relationships with individuals in positions you aspire to achieve, attend networking events, and remain active in industry organizations.
Frequently, women are reluctant to negotiate, which can lead to lost opportunities.
Improve your negotiation skills to effectively advocate for salary increases, promotions, and other benefits.
Being Comfortable with Power
Many women feel uncomfortable wielding authority.
Embrace and leverage your power in the workplace, learning to use it ethically and strategically to influence decisions and make an impact.
Fostering a Growth Mindset
Adopting a growth mindset promotes resilience and adaptability, encouraging personal and professional growth.
Embrace change, seek new opportunities, and pursue continuous learning to remain competitive and relevant in the workplace.