Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office Book Review

Got a great book for any woman in business to read, Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers (Hachette Book Group, 2004) by Lois P. Frankel,  Ph.D.

The book looks at some of the mistakes women make when conducting themselves in the business world. I've been reading through all of the coaching tips presented in this book for the last two weeks and I can't seem to put the book on the shelf and deem it as a book I've finished reading.

Frankel tells readers that business is a game that they can win it if they play it right. She is a business coach that helps women recognize and work through some of their faux pas.

"The areas in which women often aren't quite as skilled as men are knowing where the imaginary boundaries are and understanding the unspoken rules. Many of the suggestions are counter to everything we learned growing up," writes Frankel.

Some of the chapter names include:
  • How You Play the Game
  • How You Act
  • How You Think
  • How You Sound
  • How You Look
  • How You Respond
Frankel goes over common mistakes women make such as decorating their office like their home, asking permission versus informing coworkers of intentions, using minimizing words, smiling inappropriately, taking up too little space at meetings, failing to define their brand, among many, many others.

After detailing what many women do for each category, Frankel then provides coaching tips to correct the actions. It is just a really no nonsense book with great information and meaningful coaching tips. I have found myself in so many of the mistakes and found great comfort in learning how to correct my own actions.

It is well written and makes for a great professional reference guide for professional women.


drloisfrankel said…
Thank you, Patricia, for such a nice write-up about my book. If you send me your mailing address via I'll send you an advanced reading copy of my newest one -- to be released in April -- Nice Girls Just Don't Get It. Again, thank you for kind words.

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