Although these books are marketed to women, they will help everyone build and manage a more successful business.

Girls’ Guide to Building a Million-Dollar Business by Solovic The Girls’ Guide to Building a Million-Dollar Business, by Susan Wilson Solovic [Amacon, 2008]. “Solovic lays out the steps to success: chutzpah, determination, managing changing relationships, keeping employees and customers happy, getting and maintaining credit, overcoming gender bias and creating a successful business plan and a solid brand.” PW, 2007.
What Men Don’t Tell Women About Business by Flett What Men Don’t Tell Women About Business: Opening Up the Heavily Guarded Alpha Male Playbook, by Christopher V. Flett [John Wiley & Sons, 2008]. “An admitted alpha male, Canadian businessman Flett goes straight for the jugular with his contention that women are their own worst enemies in business. As support, he delves into more details by first painting word pictures and perspectives of his species-There isn’t an alpha male in the Western world that isn’t completely driven by his insecurities-and analyzing why women fail. Provocative, and frequently grammatically challenged, Flett does make intriguing points, such as men fear women in the marketplace, women show vindictiveness when trust is breached, and men want to take the lead on everything-but not necessarily do the work. His typologies of businessmen and -women are remarkably accurate-and occasionally offensive and funny.” Booklist, 2007.
Through the Labyrinth by Eagly Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders, by Alice H. Eagly [Harvard Business School Press, 2007].”Despite real progress, women remain rare enough in elite positions of power that their presence still evokes a sense of wonder. In Through the Labyrinth, Alice Eagly and Linda Carli examine why women’s paths to power remain difficult to traverse. First, Eagly and Carli prove that the glass ceiling is no longer a useful metaphor and offer seven reasons why. They propose the labyrinth as a better image and explain how to navigate through it. This important and practical book addresses such critical questions as: How far have women actually come as leaders? Do stereotypes and prejudices still limit women’s opportunities? Do people resist women’s leadership more than men’s? And, do organizations create obstacles to women who would be leaders? ” B&N, 2007.

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