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WISE Bookshelf: Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman

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Inspiration comes from many avenues. In our WISE Bookshelf feature, members share some of the titles that have encouraged them to think outside of the box, try a new approach, dig down deep for the confidence they needed to make that big decision or simply allowed them a reprieve from the daily grind. Happy reading!


Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman:
What Men Know about Success That Women Need to Learn

Author: Gail Evans
Genre: Business Life; Personal Growth; Women & Business


Gail Evans was an executive vice president at Turner and she was there in the early days of building CNN. She worked on one of President Clinton’s committees [and is] a mother of four. [The book] was a really simple, common sense approach that teaches women the unwritten rules of business. The reality is [that] the business world rules have been created by men and we are different. We think differently; we internalize a lot more; we take things a lot more personally.

I can remember a classic element — when a little boy goes to his mom and says “Mom, I’d like ice cream” and mom says, “No, Johnny you’ve had your ice cream,” and off he goes. A little girl [says,] “I’d like ice cream.” The little girl is told “No, you’ve had your treat for the day,” and off she goes. Five minutes later, Johnny is back asking again. We are who we are. We’re a lot more accepting — ok, mom said no; I’ve had my treat and that’s it. It’s a very, very easy common sense book and a lot of light bulbs went off for me, professionally and even personally, using some of that common sense approach parenting our two kids.

Submitted by: Stacy Allaster, 2011 WISE Women of the Year Honoree | WISE National | 15+ years experience
(as told to Amanda Mitchell)

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