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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. Thro 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. Throughout her career in the supercompetitive, male-dominated media industry, Gail Evans, one of the country's most powerful executives, has met innumerable women who tell her that they feel lost in the workplace, almost as if they were playing a game without knowing the directions. She tells them that's exactly the case: Business is indeed a game, and like any game, there are rules to playing well. For the most part, Gail has discovered, women don't know them. Men know these rules because they wrote them, but women often feel shut out of the process because they don't know when to speak up, when to ask for responsibility, what to say at an interview, and a lot of other key moves that can make or break a career. Now, in her book Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, Gail Evans reveals the secrets to the playbook of success and teaches women at all levels of the organization--from assistant to vice president--how to play the game of business to their advantage. Sharing with humor and candor her years of lessons from corporate life, Gail Evans gives readers practical tools for making the right decisions at work. Among the rules you will learn are: • How to Keep Score at Work • When to Take a Risk • How to Deal with the Imposter Syndrome • Ten Vocabulary Words That Mean Different Things to Men and Women • Why Men Can be Ugly, and You Can't • When to Quit Your Job Evans is not saying that every woman has to play exactly by men's rules--not at all. Women bring many inherent traits to the workplace that can provide them with a potential advantage over men, such as a woman's ability to form relationships, or her intuition. But women do need to know the basic rules so that they can understand the full consequences of their every action and how it makes an impact on their career. An honest and practical handbook that reveals important insights into relationships between men and women and work, Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, is a must-read for every woman who wants to leverage her power in the workplace.


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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. Thro 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. Throughout her career in the supercompetitive, male-dominated media industry, Gail Evans, one of the country's most powerful executives, has met innumerable women who tell her that they feel lost in the workplace, almost as if they were playing a game without knowing the directions. She tells them that's exactly the case: Business is indeed a game, and like any game, there are rules to playing well. For the most part, Gail has discovered, women don't know them. Men know these rules because they wrote them, but women often feel shut out of the process because they don't know when to speak up, when to ask for responsibility, what to say at an interview, and a lot of other key moves that can make or break a career. Now, in her book Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, Gail Evans reveals the secrets to the playbook of success and teaches women at all levels of the organization--from assistant to vice president--how to play the game of business to their advantage. Sharing with humor and candor her years of lessons from corporate life, Gail Evans gives readers practical tools for making the right decisions at work. Among the rules you will learn are: • How to Keep Score at Work • When to Take a Risk • How to Deal with the Imposter Syndrome • Ten Vocabulary Words That Mean Different Things to Men and Women • Why Men Can be Ugly, and You Can't • When to Quit Your Job Evans is not saying that every woman has to play exactly by men's rules--not at all. Women bring many inherent traits to the workplace that can provide them with a potential advantage over men, such as a woman's ability to form relationships, or her intuition. But women do need to know the basic rules so that they can understand the full consequences of their every action and how it makes an impact on their career. An honest and practical handbook that reveals important insights into relationships between men and women and work, Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, is a must-read for every woman who wants to leverage her power in the workplace.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Dauphin

    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 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-dominated, and in an office that has hardly any females in my position. I realized that what I have been doing (and why I have been so frustrated with my job) is the equivalent of playing Monopoly without having read the directions with a bunch of people who already know how to play. And I'm not talking about the subject matter--I passed the bar exam the same as everyone else here. I mean the WAY you play the game. I would recommend this to any woman who is currently feeling isolated or frustrated in her career, or for that matter any woman who wants to move forward in her career!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    If you work with men you need to read this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    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 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 know it's all thanks to his great guidance. Mistress: Use sexual tension to work the power structure, but never, ever actually have sex. With anyone. Wife: you get to be an equal to some extent, as long as you don't remind your boss of his real wife. Accept the fact he might cut you off in meetings even though it's "frustrating and embarassing", as you know you'll have access to him in more personal time to pass along the information you have to convey: "the office equivalent of pillow talk". What makes me most upset is the possibility that Evans is correct. The book is 12 years old, but the workplace doesn't seem to have changed much to me. Is this it? Are these our options? Pass me tissues someone, please?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leceyanti Aripurnomo

    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!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Donitello

    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 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, they were developed at a time when few women were around to give input. “Men wrote all the rules,” she says,” because they wrote alone.” This refreshing book removes women's workplace issues from the realm of politics, and places it where it belongs: in the realm of communication. Stripped of emotional charge, these issues quickly shrink to manageable size. The book then offers practical advice in dealing with them confidently. I'm serious when I say that this is the book I was searching for for about 10 years. If you are a woman, I virtually GUARANTEE you will get new insight on challenges you currently face, have faced in the past, or will face in the future--in and out of work. If you're a man, I virtually guarantee that some of the most baffling things women do will begin to make sense to you! Can't recommend it highly enough. Do check it out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    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 relatio 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 relationships. Basically, the book is all about miscommunication and misconception stalls that occur at work, especially the ones that tend to occur among men and women. The book is very effective in exploring those stalls and inproviding sound advice for overcoming the same stalls. Perhaps the greatest strength of the book is that it permits the reader to choose her/his own goals (and those may not be material success or power) while adapting the advice to one's own personality and preferences. Basically, any advice we get that suggest we act like the individuals we are is good advice. After you read and apply this book, I suggest that you think about applying it to nonwork situations, as well. Because I do believe that there's a correlation between the situation inwork & nonwork. Your focus on relationships versus results may be out of balance in those circumstances, too. Find the perfect balance, just like The Yin & Yang !!

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 ...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tara R

    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!

  9. 4 out of 5

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    My mentor this year recommended this book to me. I just finished it and it had a ton of good information in it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenish Tailor

    This book is very inspiring for women who are trying to find success in corporate world. It tells you how to behave, what to say, when to say, how to compete with men for a position/projects and when to take risk to achieve goals. It's a very good book! A Must-read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I really liked the way the author described the different ways men and women grow up. A lot of the issues women face in a male dominated environment are the result of a different socialization, it's really important to understand how the "game" is played by men and to know the rules. What I loved about the book is that the author gives advices and doesn't try to force her opinions on the reader and she never says that one gender is better than the other. I can really recommend this book if you w I really liked the way the author described the different ways men and women grow up. A lot of the issues women face in a male dominated environment are the result of a different socialization, it's really important to understand how the "game" is played by men and to know the rules. What I loved about the book is that the author gives advices and doesn't try to force her opinions on the reader and she never says that one gender is better than the other. I can really recommend this book if you want to learn why men act in a certain way at work.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liliana

    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^)-☆

  14. 5 out of 5

    CJ

    Saw her speak the week of 9.17.07 - EXCELLENT - Can't wait to read her book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Natalie G

    This book is a must read for business women with or without ambition. Everyone needs a playbook and this ones is for the girls team.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    One of the best business books for women. Clearly identifies how we, women, get in the way of our own success and provides information about how to clear our own path. Highly recommend

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fayande Kimenju

    For every woman.

  18. 4 out of 5

    chris

    this is the type of book that might be helpful during specific issues, to use as a reference. didn’t like: points deducted for preface and introduction. in some ways this feels like it was written in the 1950s. felt incredibly dated. having men turn you into daughter wife sister mistress was odd. also to continue the relationship so you don't burn bridges??? wtf. it struck me that there wasn't much in contrast, talked about re asserting your personal boundaries about what is or is not acceptable beh this is the type of book that might be helpful during specific issues, to use as a reference. didn’t like: points deducted for preface and introduction. in some ways this feels like it was written in the 1950s. felt incredibly dated. having men turn you into daughter wife sister mistress was odd. also to continue the relationship so you don't burn bridges??? wtf. it struck me that there wasn't much in contrast, talked about re asserting your personal boundaries about what is or is not acceptable behavior, related to male/female interactions in the workplace. liked: some good thoughts on seeing other perspectives, looking deeper into why as a woman, you may have fallen victim to habits/conditioning that does not serve as your best and highest good. better books: mel robbins 5 second rule, work it out, etc.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Qua'sheeka Miller

    I was completely blown away after reading this book. I actually wished that I would have read this book upon entering High School. Life would have turned out slightly different for me. Slightly, at least. However, the year is 2020, (February 12 to be exact), and I just completed this book 5 minutes ago. The content was great. The message was clear. The stories were relatable, in a sense. However, this book did have the power to change my perception, along with reading "Break Your Own Rules." I w I was completely blown away after reading this book. I actually wished that I would have read this book upon entering High School. Life would have turned out slightly different for me. Slightly, at least. However, the year is 2020, (February 12 to be exact), and I just completed this book 5 minutes ago. The content was great. The message was clear. The stories were relatable, in a sense. However, this book did have the power to change my perception, along with reading "Break Your Own Rules." I was fortunate to have read them simultaneously. These two books transformed my mind-set as a woman. These two books allowed me to also comprehend the gender-biased rules associated with each categories. It becomes quite clear that these authors are advocates for women.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Catalina

    “The business world is male-dominated. That is not a criticism nor a condemnation- it’s a reality”. This book is a compilation of advices and examples of how different men and women react to the same situations. Theses differences are based on the ways we were brought up, we (women) were brought up to be more sensitive, to seek for approval, to express our emotions. The author provides what we can call a set of rules on how to behave, as a women, in the workplace. Lets us understand why we act th “The business world is male-dominated. That is not a criticism nor a condemnation- it’s a reality”. This book is a compilation of advices and examples of how different men and women react to the same situations. Theses differences are based on the ways we were brought up, we (women) were brought up to be more sensitive, to seek for approval, to express our emotions. The author provides what we can call a set of rules on how to behave, as a women, in the workplace. Lets us understand why we act the way we do and men act the way they do. A must read for everyone, including guys out there, so they can understand why we react differently.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deena

    Solid helpful guidance. It is interesting how she relates thinks to competing in sports and I get that but don’t necessarily personally think of work scenarios in that way until she said so. But it does help women to play sports. You totally have a leg up on women who don’t.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Genine Alyssa

    Very informative. It has a lot of ideas and suggestions and personal experiences from different people which makes it relatable to the readers. Though, there are some parts that I disagree on. But overall, experience was okay.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Nash

    Very easy light read with decent pointers regarding tendencies women sometimes have that can disadvantage them in the workplace.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Brown

    I did not agree with everything in this book and some of it was dated but there were some important points and perspectives given overall.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Puja Tiwari

    Nice read. Gets the point across without being preachy!

  26. 5 out of 5

    صفية الشحي

    Just be yourself !

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maripaz Torres España

    It correctly depicts women's effort to become present within an organization. The book also gives out suggestions to women who seek to be entrepreneurs.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pippi

    Good business book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Peyton Paulson

    Quick read. Definitely a great book to read for any female wanting to be successful in the workplace. Comes from a realistic perspective not a radical feminist perspective.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Very interesting read. Lots of good information and things to think about.

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