The professional woman has gained much needed attention over the past few decades. While we have seen more and more women take over the corner office at many major corporations in the U.S. and around the world, hopefully there are more to come.
A new book by Rhonda Rhyne, Keys to the Corner: Office Success Strategies for Women by Women, is a book filled with ideas and suggestions that should empower any woman who has aspirations to succeed in taking over the CEO spot of any company. It’s really a guidebook that can help any type of professional woman gain success.
The book is broken into four parts including, “Turbocharge Your Career,” “Unleash the Leader Within,” “Ignite Your Management,” “Transform Your Life.” At the end of each chapter, the author includes a list of Key Action Tips that summarize the points made in the chapter.
Some of the tips on ongoing career management include:
- Acknowledging that your career is your own business and you should be proactive, take control and strategically plan.
- Accessing your skills, talents and strengths.
- Defining your brand.
- Setting career goals and taking risks
Rhyne also writes about career presence and wearing makeup, dressing properly and looking and acting the part of leader or CEO. She also offers some of the best networking tips I’ve read in a long time. Her action tips on networking makes the reader feel like networking is more about caring about helping others than helping oneself.
Rhyne writes that you have to play golf to make those much-needed connections. She writes, “Golf may seem as revolting to you as networking. I entirely understand. However, the sad fact remains that the majority of managers, directors, and executives are men, and most love golf and other sports.”
On risk she writes, “If you don’t risk anything, you risk everything.”
She calls the fear factor “one of life’s greatest paralyzers.” She includes many suggestions on many areas including trust, coaching, no friends at work, loving thy dissenters, balancing life and career, no drama, women supporting other women, hiring and firing tips and the list goes on.
This book is well written and extremely inclusive of all of the skills needed to be a successful female, be it as a CEO of a major company or the entrepreneur of a local business. It’s just a great book. The author writes in a business like manner and expresses her thoughts, tips and techniques in clear, understandable language.
I recommend this book for women just starting their careers or business or for those that are midway through. Every professional woman will find something they can use out of this book.Powered by Sidelines