WHAT EVERY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN KNOWS --- 12 BREAKTHROUGH STRATEGIES TO GET THE POWER AND IGNITE YOUR CAREER by William J. Morin. McGraw-Hill, 2001



FORWARD (pvii-ix)

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (pxi-xii)

INTRODUCTION --- Where are women now? (p1-9)

    This book takes a proactive approach to gender inequities in corporate America that shows women how to overcome top-level gender biases. Nearly a century after winning the right to vote, women are still fighting for the right to attain and wield corporate power.

    This book goes straight to the source --- 200+ successful corporate women --- to determine what they did to climb the corporate ladder, and how other women can follow their examples to permanently shatter the glass ceiling. It details long-range strategies for driving change, building power bases, and reaching for the top jobs in any organization, this book can increase the probability of women moving above and beyond prevailing organizational hierarchies --- and reaching the critical decision-making positions of power!

    These "doable dozen" breakthrough strategies are eminently actionable, and are presented in a common-sense way. Why don't women picture what they want from their career, prioritize, and problem-solve with the same concentration they bring to running a household or raising children, and go after the responsibility and the power?

    The 12 strategies are a "woman's power agenda" that every woman can profit from following!

    "THE 12 STRATEGIES THAT WILL HELP YOU GET THE POWER" (p11-202)

    Strategy 1) CAREER CHOICES ---look around to go forward (p11-24)

      [1] Four steps (p12-23)

        (1) Visualize your future (p12-15)

        (2) What is power --- and why do you want it? (p15-17)

        (3) Draw a circle and look around it (p17-19)

        (4) What is important to you? (p20-21)

      [2] Summary --- You have visualized your dream, determined why you want power, analyzed how you see yourself integrating your professional and personal life --- not "lives," and identified your top five career priorities.

      Fifteen tips for looking around in order to go forward:

    Strategy 2) CORPORATE LIFE --- fit in or move on (p25-50)

      [1] Survival of the fittest --- adapt! (p27-28)

      [2] Culture shock --- soften the landing (p28-30)

      [3] Why adapt?

      [4] Adapting is a natural phenomenon (p31-33)

      [5] Substantially superficial but comfortably speaking (p33-35)

      [6] Six steps --- to "getting in tune with the way things work in the organization and staying in tune as the environment changes" (p35-49)

        (1) Classify the organization (p36-38)

        (2) Read the leadership style (p38-41)

        (3) Read the operating style (p41-42)

        (4) Read the personality (p43-45)

        (5) Assess your fit with the corporate culture (p45-47)

        (6) Develop and execute a plan (p47-49)

      [7] Summary --- Think as you like, but behave as others do. Blend in! (p49-50)

    Strategy 3) RISK-TAKING --- be on the line (p51-64)

      [1] Not just mystique (p53-54)

      [2] The fear-of-failure trap (p54-56)

      [3] Out of the bunker, onto the line (p56-57)

      [4] Five steps (p57-63)

        (1) Focus on line responsibility (p58-59)

        (2) Get the skills and capabilities (p60-61)

        (3) Broaden or create your opportunities (61-62)

        (4) Broadcast your availability and desire (p62)

        (5) Think and act like a l ine manager (p62-63)

      [5] Are you ready for the line? (p63-64)

    Strategy 4) SENIOR MANAGEMENT --- lead and feed the boss (p65-88)

    Strategy 5) POLITICS --- chat with the boys and get elected (p89-106)

    Strategy 6) COMMUNICATIONS --- be business-wise and business-brief (p107-128)

    Strategy 7) MARKETING --- brand you! (p129-140)

    Strategy 8) RESPONSIBILITY --- be significant, dump the insignificant (p141-152)

    Strategy 9) FOCUS --- do the 80/20 split (p153-164)

    Strategy 10) POWER ---be a general by being a generalist (p165-176)

    Strategy 11) SEX --- take it or leave it, but control it (p177-190)

    Strategy 12) LEADERSHIP ---be the lead dog --- it's a better view! (p191-202)

      [1] Thatcher vs. Blair (p193-194)

      [2] Six steps (p194-201)

        (1) Are you a manager or a leader? (p104-196)

        (2) Establish and communicate clear, meaningful goals (p196)

        (3) Build trust through action (p197-198)

        (4) Practice the competitive edge, then delegate (p198-199)

        (5) The buck stops with you (p199-200)

        (6) Fill the title (p200-201)

      [3] Fifteen tips on being a leader who shows authority (p201-202)

    EPILOGUE --- Woman to woman (p261-264)

    NOTES (p213-214)

    REFERENCES AND RESOURCES (p215-219)

    INDEX (p221-228)

    PERMISSIONS (p320-319)



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