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Mean Girls at Work: How to Stay Professional When Things Get Personal

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One of the New York Posts Top 10 Career Books of 2012 and a Booklist Top 10 Business Book


A womans field guide to the new frontier of professional development--working with other women

Women-to-women relationships in the workplace are . . . complicated. When theyre good, theyre great. But when theyre bad, they can ruin your day, your week--even your year.

Packed with proven advice from two of todays leading experts in workplace relationships, this one-of-a-kind guide gives women the tools they need to navigate difficult situations unique to women-to-women relationships--whether with a boss, a colleague, a client, or an employee.

Have you dealt with a woman in the workplace who:

  • "Accidentally" excludes you from important meetings?
  • Seems intent on taking you down professionally?
  • Gossips about you with other coworkers?
  • Makes you look bad by missing deadlines?
  • Forms a "pack" of mean girls to make your life miserable?

Mean Girls at Work isnt just about surviving difficult situations. Its about transforming a toxic relationship into one that benefits and supports both of you.

This book is also for women who engage in mean behavior . . . but dont know it. After all, who hasnt gossiped about a female coworker? Who hasnt rolled her eyes in the presence of a woman she doesnt like? Who hasnt scanned another woman head to toe--which is just a nonverbal way of saying, "Youve just been judged"? The authors provide invaluable advice to the more subtle ways of being mean--even if theyre not intended.

With a workforce composed of a higher percentage of women than ever, workplace dynamics have changed. Crowley and Elster cover every conceivable scenario, providing critical advice on how to rise above the fray and move forward professionally.

Mean Girls at Work is your map to dodging the mines and moving forward in todays transformed workplace.

Praise for Mean Girls at Work

"An invaluable suit of armor for surviving nine to five!"
--Leil Lowndes, bestselling author of How to Talk to Anyone

"If you think the emotional cruelty of comedies like Mean Girls and Heathers doesnt exist in the real world workplace, think again. In Mean Girls at Work, Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster valuably chronicle female vs. female predators and offer solid defensive strategies."
--Ann Kreamer, author of Its Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace

"Whether you are in your twenties and just starting your professional career, your midcareer forties, when you are supposed to have figured it out already, or a woman in her fifties or sixties whos seen it all--this book is a must-read. . . . The authors have finally given women the tools and the sound advice necessary to deal with . . . conflicts that keep us all from succeeding. . . . Carry this book with you to work every day!"
--Carolyn Cassin, President, Michigan Womens Foundation

"A must-read for women of all ages in todays workforce. This book offers what we all need to develop the capacities to endure this ever-changing workplace. We know it is all about relationships and you need the skills outlined in this book to survive and thrive when the Mean Girls attack."
--Kim Harrington, Coordinator, Professional Development and Training, Office of Human Resources, California State University, Sacramento

Product Details

Author: Kathi Elster, Katherine Crowley

Language: English


Binding: Hardcover

Publisher: McGraw Hill

Release Date: 2012-10-30

Pages: 208

ISBN: 0071802045

ISBN13: 9780071802048