How to Succeed in Business Without a Penis: Secrets and Strategies for the Working Woman

Karen Salmansohn, Author Harmony $21 (297p) ISBN 978-0-517-70668-8
Salmansohn (How to Make Your Man Behave in 21 Days or Less, Using the Secrets of Professional Dog Trainers) aims to blend the ""informational"" aspect of men's business books with the ""affirmational"" component of those oriented to women. A former advertising exec, Salmansohn knows that packaging can always spiff up a product; even if she can't divine new paradigms, she can use creative typography, clever (and sometimes cloying) phrasing and lists, lists, lists, like any good woman's mag. If you can get past her name for an exercise break (""The Staremaster""), you'll find her advice is pretty sound. She recognizes that supposed male advantages like single-mindedness can also boomerang into oversuspiciousness, thus allowing women to succeed in the long run. And she acknowledges that alleged female advantages like sensitivity have their down sides. Salmansohn skates on some thin ice when she discusses workplace sexuality; she encourages readers to get in touch with their sexuality and recommends flirting as a path to success--though she does give advice on defusing sexual harassment. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/02/1996
Release date: 09/01/1996
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