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The Girl's Guide to Being a Boss (Without Being a Bitch) the Girl's Guide to Being a Boss (Without Being a Bitch) the Girl's Guide to Being a Boss (Wi

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  378 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Forget what you've heard. Nice girls can get the corner office.
As women, we haven't always had the best role models at work.We've either worked for men or we've had female bosses who are, well, big bitches. Woman still don't have much of a road map right now when it comes to taking charge at the office, so the teamwho brought you the national bestseller "The Girl's Guide
ebook, 272 pages
Published April 18th 2006 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jan 28, 2008 Cinnamon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women who are managers or who want to be managers
I've struggled with becomign a manager and this book provided some great points and some great points of view. I read it quickly hoping for advice in dealing with some touch situations that I have been dealing with at work and I have to say it helped me. If nothing else, it reminded me to think that I need to remember to be the manager I want to have. Which isn't easy, but its a lot easier to live with myself.
Jan 16, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: career-business
A good reference book for women who want to be great individual contributors or women moving into a supervisory role. I enjoyed the 'girl talk' chats with female managers to gain their perspective on various leadership topics.
Liz De Coster
Nov 14, 2014 Liz De Coster rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Some good and practical advice, but really geared towards large corporations, and doesn't work as well for women at smaller organizations, non-profits, and so on.
Claire Kane
Mar 06, 2017 Claire Kane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is horrendously regressive. I thought the title was tongue in cheek, but no, it just panders to already the suffocating stereotype that women are bitches if they are assertive. What would these women call male bosses who behave in the way their supposed real life examples do, I wonder? i also find it absolutely abhorrent how these women trivialize and shame bipolar in their book by calling women who go from 'nice boss' to 'bitch boss' 'bipolar betties'- no seriously.
Val Williams
Sep 09, 2008 Val Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to reread this book, as it had been a while since I'd seen it. While many of the skills and tips in this book are good advice for either gender in the workplace, the authors (who run their own public relations company, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver among their clients) include some information of specific relevance to women. For example, they remind women that being the boss means that you can't be "buddies" anymore with everyone, and that at times it's not personal but indeed just business. ...more
Apr 15, 2009 pri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
i can not say that it wasn't worth the time it took to skim through mainly for a few good kernels. a lot of honest reflection on how you are no longer everybody's friend when you become the boss. and how to sort through that oddness of not only no longer hearing the gossip but now being gossiped about. :) i also did like the Q&A with women leaders. getting a chance to think about more women in power and what their touchstones and lessons are.

the rest of it - sometimes vapid, often conflictin
Sep 04, 2009 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dad bought me this book. I love my dad, he's been the most ardent supporter of my career, really.
The title was a little off-putting, but once I got over it, and just read it, I realized this short little guide is a gem. A lot of the information seems really fundamental, but it made me realize that I had a problem NOT falling back on them. Good book for people who are entering the supervisor/management field. For those managers who think they know it all, its a good touch-stone book to remind
Apr 06, 2011 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-reading
I just inherited a new team and was feeling a bit lost on what to do. How long do you give existing employees "space"? How do I bring on new people and keep the team happy? How do I build my team's culture and attitude? This book answered all of those questions.

A lot of the information is common sense, particularly if you've been in the business world for as long as I have. I am a big fan of all the testimonials and bits of advice from women who have been there and succeeded. I love how these l
Feb 17, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, business
I hated to buy this book because it's so bloody pink. I want to believe that managing is managing, no matter what your gender. But I know that's not true. And this was the only book I saw, while browsing, that talked about going from staff to management and how awkward that can be, how much it can affect you socially, how your need to be taken seriously can change the way you are with people. In short, it addressed my concerns pretty head on. The book itself isn't quite as patronizing as it look ...more
Carrie Rundhaug
Overall this book looked interesting when I was wandering around Barnes and Noble the other day so I decided to pick it up and give it a shot. While this book has some helpful information in it I can't help but think that I wasted my time reading this book.

In my opinion the majority of information included in this book was common sense. I think what would have been more helpful would have been to outline pointers to help solve the actual problems addressed in the book.

Overall I don' think I got
Apr 19, 2007 Julz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
I read this book just before starting my current job last August, since it would be the first time I'd be not just leading/facilitating, but actually having someone report to me and giving directives to others who are not direct reports.

I've noticed that often female bosses tend to be inconsistent, as in, "You never know which one is coming to the party."

I don't want to be that way, yet I don't want to fall into the trap of being everyone's buddy, either. This book had some excellent suggestions
Jul 17, 2007 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm rereading this book because it's so good. Since I'm new to managing staff, I find myself in situations that make me wonder if I'm doing right. This handy little guide gives advice on how to deal with staff who question your authority, how to seperate business/friendship relationships, and much more. There are interviews with female managers and tips throughout this guide. This is a must-read for all female managers.
Mar 28, 2013 Martas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book and found some aspects of it to be very helpful. I also found it affirming to see many of my previous bosses behaviors being addressed as negative. Something's seemed very obvious (communication!) but one topic I wish they had delved into more is what to do when you're a new manager managing someone whose been at the company for many years and is older than you. This is something personally I would have found of interest.
This was really good- got me all pumped up about being a boss (of sorts) without feeling bad about it. The segments that had interviews with female managers were either hit or miss- some were good to hear, others made me squeamish. I would recommend it to any woman newly put in a position of supervising others.
Jun 30, 2013 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, career
This book did have some good points, but it felt overly focused on jobs where there was a lot of client interaction and the advice seemed to have a lot to do with that. It also felt too casual sometimes in a way that was off-putting, but I can't describe how. Overall, good advice, but somewhat limited.
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The Domme in me says, there is nothing wrong with being a bitch. It's Ms. Bitch to you. The guide is okay. I debated whether to give it a 2.5 which would be a 2 or put it as a 3. I ended up as a 3 because I enjoyed the stories. The suggestions are nice. I would recommend this to females just starting in the business world.
Jojo A
Jan 26, 2011 Jojo A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is totally right. The title explains it all, either you were a normal employee or a boss, this is how you treat people around you at work without acting bitchy, nor rude or moody.

The book is light-written, straight, funny, precise, will make you think and reconsider your attitude, will trigger your errors and trust me this book will change you and it will work.
Sal Goeldner
Jun 27, 2008 Sal Goeldner rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women bosses
This should be compulsory reading for every female who is a boss - "Congratulations on your promotion and here's a book to read before you do anything !". Warns women against being control freaks and the pitfalls of micromanaging.Lots of sensible advice about managing.
Although I did not care for the title it was a great book on a woman in a management position on houw to deal with people in business without being soft, or .... Women this was helpful if you are in a leadership position, just turn the cover over and read it.
Oct 03, 2016 Eve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book from the shelves, quick-ish read, solid advice and perspectives. Not a fan of the reliance on the whole girl thing but ignoring that I think it's useful on several levels and I made notes should I ever return to the workforce ...
Jan 12, 2008 WR rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone (male or female) who's just become a boss
Recommended to WR by: Zitch
This isn't really my kind of book, but Zitch spotted it at the library, and I figured, no harm! To be honest, it's not the most "enlightening" of books (the ideas are generally quite common-sensical), but it's an easy read with some good reminders of what (not) to do.
Jul 22, 2007 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good book. I loved the insights it gave from other female managers, CEOs and other senior executives.
Puts in perspective what I do everyday and how I can affect the lives of my employees.
Meridith Pushnik
Jan 19, 2010 Meridith Pushnik rated it liked it
Overall, I thought it had some useful information for being a productive and thoughtful manager, regardless of gender. I especially enjoyed reading the real-world examples, and am thankful for the overarching tone of making sure you celebrate the successes of other women.
Sonya Madden
Sep 18, 2008 Sonya Madden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found parts of this book really helpful. At the time I bought it I was struggling with people discussing me behind my back at work after a new promotion. This book helped me move beyond focusing on that and getting back to doing my job well.
Helpful as I entered my first management position, but not 100% relevant to small companies and non-profits.
Roxy Wilde
Some OK, no Duh, tips, but this book seemed more aimed to someone in a corporate office environment.
Sep 30, 2012 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of well-articulated reminders and tips in this book. However, the section about dress and grooming was excessive and antiquated.
Jan 17, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is great for any woman who is in a management position. I use it as a reference guide when situations arise.
the book had some pretty helpful tips but a lot of it was just common sense. nothing really stood out as different or great ideas. the little side stories were pretty interesting.
a very conversational book, with stories of good and bad management. It's a very general book, with things you would think would be obvious, but sometimes aren't.
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