Do you work with a mean girl? A woman's field guide to the new frontier of professional development - working with other women.
Women-to-women relationships in the workplace are - complicated. When they're good, they're great. But when they're bad, they can ruin your day, your week - even your year.
Packed with proven advice from two of today's 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:
Mean Girls at Work isn't just about surviving difficult situations. It's 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 don't know it. After all, who hasn't gossiped about a female coworker? Who hasn't rolled her eyes in the presence of a woman she doesn't like? Who hasn't scanned another woman head to toe - which is just a nonverbal way of saying, "You've just been judged?" The authors provide invaluable advice to the more subtle ways of being mean - even if they're 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 today’s transformed workplace.
©2014 Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster (P)2014 McGraw-Hill
This book was what I thought it would be but just as the author said, we want revenge and you just can't have it. Basically the author advises you to try to distance yourself from the mean girl/s or move on to another job. There is no recourse if the WEAK management ALLOWS mean girls to exist.
My advice is to listen to this book because you will know that your feelings are justified even if you can get no support from an outside source to say so. My second piece of advice is to get counseling. This is something the author states multiple times and something I have done. Hearing from a third party that your feelings are justified and having someone to direct you in coping was the only way I got through the last 4 years at my job.
After reading this book I better understand some of the advice given to me by the counselor.
I'm still angry and I'm still hurt by the ill treatment of these women but I'll be able to make it two more years to retirement thanks to this book and the counseling I've attended.
My third piece of advice, if you can move on, move on. It's just not worth it.
I don't know that I found too many answers out of this book. It is an interesting source for identifying both the mean girls in others and yourself. I especially like the concept of the 30 Day No Gossip Diet and will be making a point to incorporate that in the workplace. I got out of this book a bit of workplace psychology which is also interesting as well as a realization of times when to take responsibility for the behaviors in others and when to realize that their behavior is not related to anything I have done or said directly. The solutions given, however, I found to be common sense answers.
I wish I had read this at the beginning of my professional career. I will surely buy it for my young female friends. It seemed the basic message was the same. Don't gossip, be careful about what you say, be kind no matter what...if you can stomach it!
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