GAMES MOTHER NEVER TAUGHT YOU: Corporate Gamesmanship for Women by Betty Lehan Harragan
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GAMES MOTHER NEVER TAUGHT YOU: Corporate Gamesmanship for Women

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Sir, a woman preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."" So much, forever, for Dr. Johnson: Betty Harragan's good-natured and deadly serious assay of woman's place in the corporate structure is not only very well done, she has a message that transcends the comparatively narrow objective of educating the second sex in the folkways of business. Many a man could profit from her insights on the commercial connection to the military and to team sports. Well worth the price of admission, for instance, are her translations of locker-room language--""80 percent sex and 20 percent excreta."" While she might be X-rated in Memphis or Columbus, there's a refreshing pungency to her one-liner definitions of ""cocksman,"" ""crap,"" ""screw,"" ""shit,"" and other executive shorthand. Assuming that cynics are just unusually well-informed persons, Harragan comes on as an honor graduate of the school of hard knocks, covering dress, evasive action, sexuality, memo-writing, and other less appetizing aspects of hierarchical organizations. A wise buy for dolls and guys (not ladies and gentlemen) seeking an edge on the games people play at work.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1977
Publisher: Rawson--dist. by Atheneum