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Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman: What Men Know About Success that Women Need to Learn

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Women make up almost half of today's labor force, but in corporate America they don't share half of the power. Only four of the Fortune 500 company CEOs are women, and it's only been in the last few years that even half of the Fortune 500 companies have more than one female officer.

A major reason for this? Most women were never taught how to play the game of business.

Paperback, 191 pages
Published September 11th 2001 by Crown Business (first published 2000)
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Jun 06, 2008 Charlotte rated it really liked it
I thought this book was going to be really lame, but my life coach who I have enlisted to help me find some direction INSISTED that I read it. Actually she insisted that I read it, dog ear pages, underline, and write in the margins! I had previously read "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office," and assumed it would be similarly well-intentioned but ineffectual. However, once I picked it up and started reading, it was like it was describing my life. I work in a field that is pretty male-dominate ...more
Leceyanti Aripurnomo
Oct 02, 2007 Leceyanti Aripurnomo rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fun fearless females
I like this book because it doesn't support Women Emancipation. I am AGAINST women emancipation. Why? because it clearly shows women's weakness. I think that if a woman wants to reach the top of the mountain, she should work hard for it. Not just "beg a position for the sake of diversity". You want it? Work for it! Have some dignity. If you can't, don't whine. That's what the book is telling us.

So... all independent women, throw your hands up at me!
Sep 01, 2008 Christine rated it it was amazing
If you work with men you need to read this book.
Emma Sea
Please excuse me while I sit and cry. It was that or slitting my wrists, and that's permanant, so . . . not today.

Apparently, as a woman in business, you can be a Mother, a Wife, a Daughter, or a Mistress. That's the options.

Mother: It's a job for life, but the power is all covert. You have to get things done by "innuendo and manipulation."

Daughter: ingratiate yourself very subtly with an older man who will show you the ropes, but never challenge him. When you're ready, move on and let him kno
Apr 17, 2008 Donitello rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time faves. Finally, the definitive book for ANYONE, male or female, who is trying to understand “He Speak/She Speak.”

A career woman who took several years off to raise three children and went on to become executive vice president at CNN, author Gail Evans has demonstrated that she knows how to leverage power in the workplace. Evans readily admits that the rules of business are men's rules. But contrary to many people's belief, they weren't developed to keep women out. Rather, the
Laurie Neighbors
Sep 02, 2011 Laurie Neighbors rated it liked it
Problematic in some ways, but helped me get through a tough couple of weeks at work. And much less problematic than other books in this genre many of which are just plain offensive. At least it didn't have "bitches" in the title ...
Tara R
Jan 03, 2008 Tara R rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Women in Business
A bible for woman in the workforce. I recommend that you read and re-read this book as you progress in your career and face challenges in the workplace. Gail Evans is wonderful!
Rachel Simmons
Jul 01, 2009 Rachel Simmons rated it really liked it
I love Gail Evans and I love this book. Reading it is like bringing home a smart, sassy older sister. This is a timeless classic. It's smart, warm, funny, and practical.
Shita Dewi
Nov 26, 2007 Shita Dewi rated it really liked it
I knew & decided to buy this book from one of Mark Plus's session nearly 5 years ago. It's really suprised me the way Gail Evans explaining how the emphasis on relationships and results need to be balanced at work. That is a juggling act that seems to confuse many women,including ME and I found this book to be accurate and constructive in this area. Interestingly, I find that a lot of men miss these points, too. In these cases, the results are usually overemphasized at the expense of the rel ...more
CJ Romberger
Sep 24, 2007 CJ Romberger marked it as to-read
Saw her speak the week of 9.17.07 - EXCELLENT - Can't wait to read her book!
Dec 23, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. When I first picked up this book and flipped to the back with the picture of author Gail Evans and saw her with what appeared to be shoulder pads in her photo's sweater and a feathered 1980s style hair cut I was a bit dubious as to the value this book would offer in 2013. But looks can be deceiving, and I found great value from this book.

I am always looking for a new perspective in sales and though this is more of a business how-to book in relation to women and their behavior I feel
Jun 07, 2013 Marcella rated it really liked it
Every woman should read this book - and it's a quick read, I finished in weekend with plenty of time to spare.

Gail was a speaker at an event I went to 2 years ago. She did a wonderful job and I left the event with a list of things I was going to change about my career. And with full intent to read her book - and this is saying something, as I am not a reader of self-help or career oriented books. Well, finally got around to reading it, and this is a book I will recommend to my mother, my sister
Feb 10, 2012 Kelle rated it liked it
Gail Evans, a autora deste livro, é já uma senhora madura com um cargo importante na CNN e, ao longo de umas leves 183 páginas, conta-nos quais os truques e os segredos para vencer num mundo maioritariamente dominado pelos homens. Ensina-nos ainda algumas das diferenças mais profundas já estudadas entre homens e mulheres e como contornar essas diferenças para os perceber.
Achei particularmente relevante o capítulo em que a autora define as 14 regras básicas para o sucesso:

Peça abertamente
Fale abe
Apryl Anderson
Jul 19, 2014 Apryl Anderson rated it really liked it
Excellent! The truth in black & white.

I wasn't getting the respect that I desired at home until I learned to live like our marriage was a business deal. Things are much better now.

I'm making this required reading for my daughters.
Mis Tré
Nov 07, 2015 Mis Tré rated it it was ok
When I read these "women in business books" I thought there were important. Almost 10 years later I find them insulting. Though I suppose they were a necessary step to get me where I am today.
Every woman should read this book especially the ones that work with men. I liked how it told the truth in very straightforward way without no sugarcoating.
Excellent, a very quick read and effective.
Epiphania Vincent
Sep 13, 2015 Epiphania Vincent rated it liked it
Women who wants to read a book in a day and yet its effective. Then go for it. You can skip some pages to be quick yet u will get the essence from book.
Sep 14, 2008 Saranne added it
Recommends it for: young professional women
Shelves: work
Has a some good tips: -go into salary neg with your bottom number and middle number - don't give them a number - dress "up" your wardrobe - don't say too much about your personal like - listen to criticism carefully - save your words for something meaningful - app is everything - stand tall everyday - set life goals and work to them - always important to pay attention to everyone and everything - always make yourself noticed in a positive light - always know someone - take every possible opp for ...more
This book was published over a decade ago. Some of the rules resonated more with me and still seemed applicable in today's workplace.
Ana Maria
Aug 26, 2014 Ana Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente libro, ojala y haya mas literatura que provea una idea general para ser mujer y encontrarte en el mundo empresarial. Una lectura nada feminista
Feb 21, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I picked up this book the other day and if nothing else, this book was a great confidence booster. The author Gail Evans seems to have done it all. She worked at ABC and then worked her way up through CNN along with having three children during which time she only worked part-time and still has a great career. Many of the points brought up in this book made me think of my own experiences and I did agree with almost everything. Gail doesn't talk down to you and this isn't a preachy book. The only ...more
Jul 31, 2016 Abby rated it it was ok
Slightly outdated...some of the content definitely needs to be modernized, but I appreciated the general sentiment
Sep 13, 2015 Liliana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I need more stars here...! A must-read for any woman or man interested in being successful in the workplace. It was so unexpected for me, I had no idea how brilliant, hilarious, powerful... this book was to be...(^з^)- ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Unwisely rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012, career
I know, more business books. But I was visiting a friend who has tons of them and also keeps much different hours than I do, so I was taking advantage of her library.

Like most business-type books, it was written to what I consider a magazine-article level. It also said some things I've read before, but there were definitely worthwhile things in here and I would recommend it to women who work in any traditionally male field, because it's still not a level field, and if you don't know the rules, h
Mae West
Sep 07, 2015 Mae West rated it it was amazing
Great read and truly opens up your eyes if you are a woman trying to climb the ladder in Corporate America
Alexandra Bohannon
It was written in 2000, so I feel like even some of the talk about admitting men do certain things better to women was a bit antiquated. However, I still enjoyed it.
Aug 04, 2013 L rated it really liked it
Another title that makes me cringe for career women every where. Even though I didn't have much hope for this book, written by the EVP of CNN, it surprised me with its insights and tips despite its age (published in 2000). Rather than antagonizing men, Evans suggests that women know the "game" and play the "game". Many of the observations about female vs male behaviour ran more true than some of the other books. A worthy read for any young women starting their career. As always, take the "rules" ...more
Mridul Antony Antony
a good read
Oct 15, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: business
It's a really fast read. Very basic information and more suited for someone just breaking out of their female role in the office. Full of very useful advice but could be written better. It tended to ramble on and on and I was confused what the point was half the time. I wasn't sure if the message was it's ok to accept the lower pay and the lower responsibility if you that is the job you want. I was looking for something more powerful. This gives you the basics but doesn't inspire excellence.

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