Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 13, 2009 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling “high priestess of French lady wisdom” (USA Today) comes every woman’s guide to navigating the world of work, living the good life, and savoring every minute of it.

Mireille Guiliano, internationally bestselling author of French Women Don’t Get Fat and former senior executive for Veuve Clicquot, uses her distinctive French woman’s philosophy and style to share lively lessons, stories, and helpful hints from her experiences at the front lines and highest echelons of the business world. Guiliano offers every reader the practical advice she needs to make the most of work without ever losing sight of what is most important: feeling good, facing challenges, getting ahead, and maximizing pleasure at every opportunity.
 

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Sense & Sensibility at Work, French Style

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Guiliano's text is engaging (especially given the potentially dry subject matter) and entertaining, and, as she had hoped, her stories and anecdotes give new meaning to each of her workplace lessons ... Read full review

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I've been in the workforce for close to 10 years, and I found lots of new info in this book, along with some great inside scoops. Although I'm still not at the stage where I am interviewed over lunch at a fancy restaurant, or travel for business, or represent my company at events/conferences, I'm hoping to get there - and, when I do, this book has given me lots of very useful information that I can use when needed.
Also, I like how she comes out and says a lot of stuff that isn't usually disclosed (I guess she can because she's left the business world). Things like:
-yes, your appearance does matter in the workforce AND women's appearance matters more than men's
-yes, employers DO guesstimate the age of applicants based on the info in the resume to avoid hiring employees who are older/overqualified
-yes, dress for the job you want NEXT
-yes, you can still have a stellar career even if you weren't VP by 28 (Mireille didn't start at Cliquot until her early 30s)
...and the best piece of advice:
-if you want to advance in your career, you need to do good work and be able to show measurable results (eg. increased market share, increased sales, etc). It seems so obvious, but you'd be surprised how many people don't get this one, and how few 'career' books mention it. You simply won't advance by doing a series of tasks that are your job, or even by working long hours on the 'big projects' - you need to be able to put on your resume/say in your interview: "I did ABC which increased sales by 15%" or "because I changed XYZ, the company saved $20K/year in shipping costs" etc - period. That will get you the job over someone who can't show any of these stats. Guaranteed!
Overall, a fabulous and tremendously helpful book for anyone who works in the business world - but especially those in the earlier stages of their careers, and ESPECIALLY women.
 

Contents

Ouverture
1
Life Is Lived in Episodes and Stages
9
Passion Talent and More
29
The Principle of Enlightened SelfInterest
43
Of Velvet Gloves Words and Handshakes
63
Paint Yourself Orange
79
Whose Success?
115
Leaders and Managers
127
Zen and the Art of Businesslife
149
The NotAlwaysSoGentle Art of Coping
163
Businesswomen and Men Are Different
185
Eating for Business and Pleasure
205
Making It
241
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Mireille Guiliano is the bestselling author of French Women Don't Get Fat, French Women For All Seasons, and Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire.  Born and raised in France, she is married to an American and lives most of the year in New York and Paris.  She is the former President and CEO of Clicquot, Inc.   

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