I Wonder if Scott Adams read Women Don't Ask

A couple of years back, I read Babcock & Laschever's Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide, a fantastic book that really has changed the way I look at my life and how I handle every day decisions. (an excellent companion book for Women Don't Ask is Cialdini's Influence: Science and Practice). I wish this was mandatory reading for every manager, director & VP - basically for anyone who deals with hiring, pay rises & recognition of team member accomplishments.  Any woman just starting her career or looking to make a move should read Women Don't Ask before they enter the interview and negotiation phases.  This book is amazing - showing you, with well researched data, why you (male or female) should never be afraid to actually ask for what you want.  Since reading this book, I've gotten discounts on dance shoes, dance tights, a wine fridge, repairs to my leather jacket, and had countless opportunities at Sun that I otherwise would not have.  Back to the subject, this recent Dilbert comic about why Dilbert got two computer monitors while his female colleague did not, makes me think that Scott Adams has maybe just read this book...

As a bonus, the book is very easy to read. :-)

This is my first post to this group blog, and I nearly posted this to my own... but it seemed more "on-topic" here. 

Valerie Fenwick


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On the same note, I checked this blog today to see if there was any commentary on the recent NYTimes article entitled, "The Feminine Critique". A painful, but necessary read!
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/01/fashion/01WORK.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5087&em&en=8d76eff453dc226c&ex=1194062400

I'd love to see this blog come up with some recommendations for Sun or other companies to combat the stereotypes with policy decisions!

Posted by Jamie Bubier on November 05, 2007 at 07:11 AM PST #

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