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The bestselling guide fully updated for the post-Lean In era   For nearly two decades, Hardball for Women has shown women how to get ahead in the business world. Whether the arena is a law firm, a medical group, a tech company, or any other work environment, Hardball for Women decodes male business culture and shows women how to break patterns of behavior that put them at a The bestselling guide fully updated for the post-Lean In era   For nearly two decades, Hardball for Women has shown women how to get ahead in the business world. Whether the arena is a law firm, a medical group, a tech company, or any other work environment, Hardball for Women decodes male business culture and shows women how to break patterns of behavior that put them at a disadvantage. It explains how to get results when you “lean in” without being thrown off balance. Illustrated with real-life examples Hardball for Women teaches women how to: Successfully navigate middle management to become a leader in your field Be assertive without being obnoxious Display confidence Engage in smart self-promotion Lead both men and women—and recognize the differences between them Use “power talk” language to your advantage


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The bestselling guide fully updated for the post-Lean In era   For nearly two decades, Hardball for Women has shown women how to get ahead in the business world. Whether the arena is a law firm, a medical group, a tech company, or any other work environment, Hardball for Women decodes male business culture and shows women how to break patterns of behavior that put them at a The bestselling guide fully updated for the post-Lean In era   For nearly two decades, Hardball for Women has shown women how to get ahead in the business world. Whether the arena is a law firm, a medical group, a tech company, or any other work environment, Hardball for Women decodes male business culture and shows women how to break patterns of behavior that put them at a disadvantage. It explains how to get results when you “lean in” without being thrown off balance. Illustrated with real-life examples Hardball for Women teaches women how to: Successfully navigate middle management to become a leader in your field Be assertive without being obnoxious Display confidence Engage in smart self-promotion Lead both men and women—and recognize the differences between them Use “power talk” language to your advantage

30 review for Hardball for Women: Winning at the Game of Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alessandra

    Useful guide to interpret and analyze different gender behaviours at work. It's like a lens under which to see why certain phenomena happen and especially what we (women) can do to change our path and learn to play along in a world that we have not defined, without judgement or anger. Useful guide to interpret and analyze different gender behaviours at work. It's like a lens under which to see why certain phenomena happen and especially what we (women) can do to change our path and learn to play along in a world that we have not defined, without judgement or anger.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    This book was incredibly outdated from my perspective. Heim's argument that male and female culture is different is valid for sure. However, though she makes the case that she is only explaining the differences to empower women to navigate the male world, it seems like she is saying that we need to change our behavior entirely. This book was written in the 90s and has since been recently updated, but even with the updates I couldn't seriously believe the advice I was being given. This book was incredibly outdated from my perspective. Heim's argument that male and female culture is different is valid for sure. However, though she makes the case that she is only explaining the differences to empower women to navigate the male world, it seems like she is saying that we need to change our behavior entirely. This book was written in the 90s and has since been recently updated, but even with the updates I couldn't seriously believe the advice I was being given.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leanna

    I'm giving myself permission not to finish this one. Even thinking about trying to read more of it makes me angry. Maybe someday I'll come back and write a proper review of why it was so awful, but not today. I'm giving myself permission not to finish this one. Even thinking about trying to read more of it makes me angry. Maybe someday I'll come back and write a proper review of why it was so awful, but not today.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anagha

    Some books are “nice to read once”, some are “worth owning” so you can add flags, make notes, re-read sections, and remind yourself of ways in which you’re sabotaging your own success by playing into stereotypes you don’t even know about. This book fit into the latter category for me. It helped me reflect on challenging situations that I had adapted to (or not), why they had been hard, what I thought I had learned and then I re-learned or revised my learning after reading anecdotes and experienc Some books are “nice to read once”, some are “worth owning” so you can add flags, make notes, re-read sections, and remind yourself of ways in which you’re sabotaging your own success by playing into stereotypes you don’t even know about. This book fit into the latter category for me. It helped me reflect on challenging situations that I had adapted to (or not), why they had been hard, what I thought I had learned and then I re-learned or revised my learning after reading anecdotes and experiences shared by the authors in their many workshops. That said, I think you need to have been in specific types of experiences where stereotypical gender roles, biases and expectations surface and trip you up because they were (unknowingly in my experience) used in judgment against you, to find the book useful. In my 15 years as a student and professional in finance and tech, I’ve experienced these only once or twice. I’m pleased to note that I’ve either been quite lucky or that the workforce has evolved from being an old-boys-club into an environment where opinions, actions and behavioral patterns are understood and accepted as they are, and in a gender neutral way, without judgment.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mariel Lopez

    I found this book to be especially informative in looking at how women can succeed in any male dominated work force (My thing is if you can’t change the system, at least know how to work it and ace it - which this book does!). The book also looks at the difference in behaviours and lessons boys and girls experience from a young age that you don’t think about. Highly recommend!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I'd recommend this to any woman in the workforce, especially women in management. I'd recommend this to any woman in the workforce, especially women in management.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    To summarize - women need to change to be more like men.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anja

    This book was a complete eye opener for me and helped to understand the power structure in large companies and between women &males.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Great book for any women in business.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Candace Dorn

    This was a refreshing approach to a tried and true topic: Women in business. There are points of view I had never considered. For example, wearing the proper uniform, listening to the coach, and enjoying the competition. As a female who grew up playing sports, I took the easy-to-remember advice to heart as I continue my career in the boys club.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This book has nothing to do.with business and should be called "How to be an A$$hole at Work" -- horrible advice. Could not finish it, and do not recommend it. Unless your desire is to engage in petty mind games and grandstanding to get ahead, skip this dated, sexist, and wrongheaded "how to". This book has nothing to do.with business and should be called "How to be an A$$hole at Work" -- horrible advice. Could not finish it, and do not recommend it. Unless your desire is to engage in petty mind games and grandstanding to get ahead, skip this dated, sexist, and wrongheaded "how to".

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jelaine

    Sage advice; but always with a pinch of salt

  13. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    There are parts of this book to take with a grain of salt, but I still benefited from reading it and would recommend it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    This is quick book with good insight about management. Good information and up to date.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    A bit dated at times, but has some helpful advice targeted toward mid-career level women looking to advance in their chosen field. Some of it you have to take with a grain of salt.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Abbe

  17. 5 out of 5

    Teresa M Fulton

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Gross

  19. 4 out of 5

    T Jacob

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allison

  24. 4 out of 5

    Manjari

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alysha Voigt

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mishika Vora

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly-Anne Kratz

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

  30. 4 out of 5

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