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Post by Renu G » 19 May 2019, 09:47

[Following is an official review of "fast track to the corner office for women (2nd edition)" by Dr Betty Orlandino.]
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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.

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Post by Nyambura Githui » 21 May 2019, 13:36

Any book empowering women is a YES for me. Interesting book, I'll add it to my list.

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Post by Meg98 » 21 May 2019, 14:32

This sounds amazing! I am so intrigued. Faultless editing is hard to come by, and the fact that this book has it is a telling sign of a professional writer and team. It shows incredible attention to detail... I think I will be reading this one. Thanks for your great review! Cheers:)
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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 21 May 2019, 15:34

Nicely written review. Betty sounds like an inspirational woman!

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Post by Amanda Deck » 21 May 2019, 15:37

The idea of finding a mentor as an important step intrigues me. I've seen that men seem to naturally do exactly that, and that men form hierarchies of status. This is so different from how women (used to?) structure their lives, so I've wondered if that's one of the "secrets".

I'm getting old so I've gone through many instances of being rejected for something because of being a woman. It didn't bother me as much once I knew to expect it. I just did what needed to be done effectively and efficiently, leaving bosses more amenable to accepting the next woman for a position.
Because of this, I prefer to accept that men are wary of having women in certain positions, just as women are wary of men for many reasons. I like that this book apparently shows that incorporating natural female skills into the equation (instead of tossing them aside to be "more like a man") can lead to success. At least, that's how it comes across to me.

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Post by Amash Manzoor » 21 May 2019, 20:35

As it is a book that empowers women so it is a nice for me it its writing is very good and anyone who read it will enjoys

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Post by Rachel Lea » 21 May 2019, 21:11

This sounds like a great book with a lot of very practical advice in it. I like how the author counsels women in the workplace to tap into their innate strengths--like their intuition--instead of necessarily acting just like a man. Thanks for your review!
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Post by Miriam Molina » 21 May 2019, 22:16

It is intriguing that Betty participated in both the rat race and the racing sport. Does she still race cars in her advanced age? That would be real cool, the racing grandmama! I couldn't help but picture her as Penelope in the Wacky Races!

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Post by kdstrack » 22 May 2019, 11:55

I appreciate all the different suggestions Betty offers for women who desire that corner office. I hope she also realizes that there are some women who enjoy being homemakers. After all, "the hand that rocks the cradle..."

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Post by Jlbaird85 » 24 May 2019, 21:35

It is so difficult to move up the corporate ladder as a woman. I am so glad someone wrote a book like this to support other women! Thank you for the great review! I will have to add this to my reading list!
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts

Shakespeare-As You Like It Act II, Scene VII

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