Friday, January 15, 2010

The Male Factor

The Male Factor

The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace


Shaunti Felhahn

My Thoughts:

Every woman who works with men in any capacity should read this book. No exceptions.

It doesn't matter what you were taught in business school, how well you think you are accepted by the 'old boys club', or how many glass ceilings you have crashed through, I bet you are making serious mistakes that are impacting your effectiveness on the job.

Shaunti Feldhahn has gotten into the heads of the men we work with and has learned the things they will never tell us directly. Not because they don't want to -- but because they didn't really know how to explain what was different. Based on years of research and anonymous interviews, this book reveals what men really think about the way women operate in the workplace and why we aren't as successful as we could be.

Using concrete examples, practical suggestions, and honest quotations, this book will allow women to understand the unwritten rules they are breaking and learn ways to make subtle changes in the ways they speak, interact, and present themselves that will make a tangible difference immediately. This book will be a resource for my training of women in the future and will be recommended to all my women business friends.

Learn more about this book at Shaunti's website.
You can purchase the book at the Multnomah Books site.
A copy of this book was provided by Multnomah Books for this review.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Not So Fast


Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families


Ann Kroeker


For many family life has become a series of hellos and goodbyes as they pass in the hallway or the garage. In an effort to ensure our children are appropriately socialized and developed, we seem to have enrolled or involved them in so many different sports or activities that we are always on the run. It doesn't mean we aren't doing valuable things, but maybe it means we aren't doing the best things for the long term.

And when we are all together under one roof, are we really all together, or are we merely sitting near each other involved in separate activities such as watching tv, reading the paper, or playing on the computer? How long has it been since your family really had an unplanned conversation about the day?

Ann Kroeker's new book, Not So Fast, provides a candid look at today's family life and the impact our hurriedness has on our children. She shares her family's attempts to slow down and step out of the craziness of all aspects of life that define our generation and the benefits her family has received. In addition, she candidly shares the failed attempts and false starts, the complaints of the children, and the open-mouthed disbelief of her extended family and neighbors as she introduced attempts to slow down their life. She also provides tangible suggestions for applying in your own family's life and examples of other real-life families who have benefitted from stepping out of the frenzy.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who feels as if the world is spinning out of control -- for those whose days don't seem to have enough hours for all the activities they have planned.


Ann Kroeker is an acclaimed writer and speaker committed to encouraging and inspiring families as they face the demands of daily living. She is the author of The Contemplative Mom and has contributed to the award winning Experiencing the Passion of Jesus. You can learn more about her at her website.
A copy of this book was provided by David C. Cook for review.