4 out of 4 stars
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Fast Track to the Corner Office for Women is an interesting book written by Betty Orlandino. She is a certified talent consultant, mentor, and performance coach. In 1968, Betty was “slotted to be the first female Formula One driver in the world,” but she turned it down. The reason is mentioned in one of the chapters. She has served Fortune 100 to 500 companies during the last three decades and dedicates the 2nd edition to her mentors and family of clients.
Betty shares the history of courageous women in her ancestry who easily win the reader’s heart. What could drive a woman to come out of the closed world of her family to climb the corporate ladder? In this manual, she lists ten steps to fast track our way to the corner office. She explains the importance of finding a mentor, having a brand, realizing the importance of politics, being informed about the company and its competitors, building a coalition, being optimistic, improving our people skills, having a work ethic, using our networks to serve, and living with passion as well as compassion. The writer believes in the use of common sense that is not so common.
What I liked most is Betty’s suggestion to avoid unnecessary delays by tapping into our innate strength and her advice to make use of our intuition as well as the ability to listen to people and read body language. I appreciate her desire to help women to stand out from the crowd and speak aloud with a clear voice. I also agree with her that we must bridge the gap between our good intentions and the actual impact we have on our surroundings. Every woman deserves to take credit for her achievements.
Have you ever observed how the corner office opens to the world with windows on two walls? I think this is so different from the domestic life of a woman spending most of her life in a kitchen. However, history shows examples of women who stepped out, climbed the ladder, and found a place at the “corporate table.” We must overcome many obstacles along the way, and the game is never fair in a male-dominated world. Fast Track to the Corner Office for Women is an excellent resource for women. Readers will benefit from the advice on how to select good mentors and coaches. The author has a Ph.D. in psychology, which enhances her mentoring skills.
The manual is short and sweet, and its language is clear and precise. There’s nothing that I disliked about it. The text seems to have been professionally edited, and I did not discover a single grammatical error. For all the above reasons, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars and am happy to recommend it to fresh graduates as well as those who have work experience. Although it is written by a woman, for women, I don’t see any reason why men should not read it.
fast track to the corner office for women (2nd edition)
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