An extensive resume, a concrete career plan, and a Y chromosome are not requirements for business success, says Robin Wolaner in this career guide for women.
Instead, she advises that, to climb the corporate ladder, women must follow their instincts, stand by their convictions, and take risks - or, in other words, have some balls.
Founder of Parenting and former EVP at CNET, Wolaner knows about corporate advancement. She offers "Naked Truths" to help women handle pregnancy, negotiations, and emotion at work, and she includes tips from other female executives, as well. She chronicles her career highs and lows, and explains what she would have done differently and what she is most proud of.
A quick and easy read, Naked smashes through conventional wisdom often fed to young women about the boys club that is the C-suite. No, a woman need not morph into "one of the guys," and, yes, it helps to mind your manners. But being a woman is not a disadvantage, and Wolaner offers herself as living proof.
Title Naked in the Boardroom
Author Robin Wolaner
Publisher Fireside (March 2005), 194 pages
Reviewed by Telisha Bryan