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Monday, May 01, 2006

Being a boss without being a bitch


I just read Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio's new book The Girls Guide to Being a Boss (without being a bitch). While some have labeled it chic-lit, I found it a good read. Some of it is just common sense. But there are some morsels of wisdom.
* The biggest mistake female bosses make is trying to be liked.
* When you are a boss, everyone's personal problems are your problems.
* An abusive boss is more likely to be a woman than a man.
* If you determine you lack certain skills then tackle the deficiencies head-on: take a class, read a manual, get some training. The easiest way to be confident is to be competent.

I particularly liked the book's final note in which the authors' included a quote from Madeleine Albright on the importance of helping other women succeed: "there's a special place in hell for women who don't help out other women."

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