A well-thought-out career manual.



A self-help guide for female professionals at every stage of their careers.

Rencher’s debut brings together lessons that she’s learned during more than a quarter-century of working at unnamed for-profit and nonprofit institutions. The resulting 10-part self-help guide emphasizes how important it is for women to know themselves and understand their strengths and weaknesses, because, she says, “unless you truly know yourself, you’ll be far more susceptible to the whims and behaviors of others.” Office environments can work against one’s sense of self, she asserts; as a result, it’s essential for women to “hold their ground” and push back against men who would take credit for their work. Rencher goes on to advise women to provide their employers with demonstrable evidence of the value that they bring to their companies and to negotiate for salaries that are consistent with that value. She points out the importance of decisiveness, offers ways to fight back against “mean-girl” behavior, and proposes six traits of healthy, productive leadership. The book also debunks toxic myths about losing one’s job and shows how a period of unemployment can point a way to a new beginning. Overall, the text is well-researched, featuring references to the works and thoughts of many business leaders and thinkers—including former Xerox chairwoman and CEO Anne Mulcahy and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg—which Rencher uses to support conclusions that she draws from her own personal experience. Her prose is clear and easy to read, keeping the focus on observations, questions, and recommendations and providing an effective vision of what makes a true leader. Overall, Rencher has produced a useful guide that will aid working women of all ages.

A well-thought-out career manual.

Pub Date: Dec. 28, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9763464-2-5

Page Count: 173

Publisher: Frayer & Williams Publishing

Review Posted Online: Dec. 13, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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