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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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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
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
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
Leceyanti Aripurnomo
Oct 02, 2007 Leceyanti Aripurnomo rated it 3 of 5 stars
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!
Tara R
Jan 03, 2008 Tara R rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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.
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گیل ایوانز: مدیر اسبق شبکه سی ان ان

گیل ایوانز مدیر اسبق شبکه سی ان ان است. او زنی است که علی رغم سال ها وقفه در زندگی حرفه ای اش – به خاطر در گیری های زندگی شخصی و خانوادگی، تربیت فرزندان، جابجایی محل زندگی به خاطر شغل همسرش و ...- همیشه مشتاقانه و امیدوارانه به زندگی حرفه ای خود ادامه داده است. در این کتاب چکیده ای از تجربیات سال ها کسب و کار خود را آورده است. کسب و کار در محیطی کاملا مرد سالار. که سال ها قوانین آن توسط مردها نوشته ش
Shita Dewi
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
Laurie Neighbors
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 ...
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!
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
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
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
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.
Sep 14, 2008 Saranne added it
Recommends it for: young professional women
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.

Gail Evan has put it clearly if you know to play the game like a guy , you win. Women cant be sentimental or emotional , she has to be ruthless in her way to win. Women need to voice herself unlike the traditional way where women thinks she will be understood, Specially when working in a male dominated industry.

I was so glad to learn about the Imposter syndrome is not isolated case to me but there are others who face it. Overall All a Good book.
Well-organized and good general advice book. Some "rules" tended to be more industry specific or possibly slanted since the author primarily worked in the southern US (possible region bias). However, she did state that each reader should "try on the rules" and see what works for them. Easy read and would recommend. Great book to foster discussion points.
Candace Ellison
This was an interesting and engagin self helf book but its told more like an autobiography. So many times when the author provided suggestions or "not-to-dos" I found myself saying, that sounds like something I do. I've read this book at least three times and often revisit it for tips. Recommend it for every woman in corporate America.
I'm annoyed after realizing how true this book is. I think that I might be screwed since I hate sports, games, and "winning" as defined in the traditional sense. It's going to be an uphill battle for me unfortunately, and it doesn't look like I am going to end up feeling very fulfilled or rewarded at the end.
Joelle Sweeney
Funny that I even read this book- not my typical selection, however very interesting and insightful into the world of business and the general dynamics of women and men in the work place. A very quick read and it would probably help women compete in male-dominated work places.
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