We're reading 'Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation – and Positive Strategies for Change' by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever, Bantam
Synopsis: The content is very thought provoking. In addition to providing well-documented information, they give practical suggestions on how to overcome some of the issues women commonly encounter in the workplace – and how to think differently about themselves in various roles, too. “Lean In” refers to this book – “Women Don’t Ask” has TONS more meat than “Lean In” – really no comparison. Although negotiating is specifically covered, so are other issues that women commonly encounter in the workplace and marketplace. The last chapter has information about “negotiating” with other adults in the home – not a “Mommy” book at all.
Where can you find it? It’s available at both Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com for about $11. At Parnassus, they have it for $15, but they may have to order it. Prices are for the paperback version. We are asking everyone to buy their own books.
When & Where
Thursdays at 8:00 AM at Panera White Bridge Road, beginning on October 3rd (organizational meeting), discussion to begin on October 10th, weekly through November 7th (last session). We plan to cover two chapters per week, with the first reading due on October 10th. The first reading (for October 10th) will be the Introduction and Chapter 1.
If attendees are interested, we may schedule a social outing at a local pub/eatery after the conclusion of the book.
Cost: There is no cost, other than purchasing your book, but feel free to get a beverage or breakfast at Panera.
Who Can Attend? Both members and friends of NAWBO are invited to attend.
Leader: Our own President Elect, Carolyn Yates, is leading this session.
Note from Nashville NAWBO Board Member Alix Stricklin:
‘This is one of my “keeper” books, and I don’t recommend many business books. It addresses women in the work place at different stages in life – mature, middle aged, rising stars, newbies – so it doesn’t ignore attitude changes that have occurred in the past 50 years. I actually recommend it to men, too, since I think it helps modern men learn how NOT to put women in a bad spot, either intentionally or without realizing they’re doing it. The negotiation part is just good negotiation strategy – useful to anyone in the business world, young or old, male or female. “Negotiation” also means asking for and getting a good raise!’
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