The Assertive Woman

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Impact Publishers, 2002 - Psychology - 240 pages
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New, completely revised and updated edition of one of the most powerful self-help books ever. "The Assertive Woman" is the original assertiveness book for women, first published in 1975 and updated through four editions, with new material on personal relationships, assertiveness in the workplace, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and more. This outstanding resource for women is packed with personal vignettes, exercises, step-by-step procedures, and tips on expressing yourself with co-workers, lovers, family, friends, and strangers. The Assertive Woman debunks the tired old myths and stereotypes of women bosses, stay-at-home moms, and bully broads, and superwomen, and presents a refreshing, positive alternative. Written in an easy-to-read, upbeat, motivational style, with warm, personal, and practical guidance for every woman who wants to improve herself, restore balance, say no and draw the line with confidence, make the right choices, and face up to new challenges and changes in her life."

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"...a must for any woman..." -- Doubleday Book Club
" to a more rewarding life for women..." -- King Features Syndicate
"...more than a book, it is a process... clearly written... good reading." -- Los Angeles Times
Congratulations to Stanlee Phelps and Nancy Austin on the 4th edition of their book, "The Assertive Woman". They've been at it since 1974 (I've gotten each edition and referred them to my clients during my 30 years as a career and management consultant and coach.) This revised and updated edition continues to be a timely, relevant and reliable resource for women as they navigate the landmines on their assertiveness journeys. The book offers real-world examples, communication guidelines, self-awareness exercises and lessons learned in the authors' work with corporate and entrepreneurial women. (And I believe the solid advice and information is valid for all women of all ages regardless of their work status.... especially young women in high school and college who are just starting their assertiveness journeys.) I found the 14 page Resource Guide an especially helpful tool as it includes additional books, articles, newsletters, videos, websites, and professional associationsas available for any woman to find what she needs to support her in her assertiveness journey. I also loved the cover. Every photo has an interesting story behind it to convey that one size of assertiveness does not fit all! And it shows how far we've come.....
-Debra J. Reed

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I thought it was interesting and useful. It is a good place to start for learning more about assertiveness. Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Stanlee Phelps is a senior vice president in Leadership Development and Executive Coaching with Lee Hecht Harrison, a premier international career management company. Stanlee is frequently sought by the media to discuss issues pertaining to executive women and is a well-known speaker. She is past president of Women in Business and has served on boards of directors dedicated to advancing women's success in business.
Nancy K. Austinis co-author, with Tom Peters, of the bestseller "A Passion for Excellence." She is a leading authority on building swift and lasting organizations to succeed. Nancy has written extensively for many magazines and journals. She has been a contributing editor at "Working Woman," a columnist for "1099 "(a webzine for independent professionals), and today is a contributing editor for "INC." magazine. Nancy founded her company in 1985, and has been working with a cross-section of lively businesses ever since.

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