A solid guide to handling obstacles a new employee might not even notice and a realistic look at the climb toward success in...

LEARN, WORK, LEAD

THINGS YOUR MENTOR WON'T TELL YOU

In this nonfiction guide for women navigating the workplace, the author resists sugarcoating the obstacles.

Debut author Clark holds back nothing in her discussion of climbing the ladder. A new employee can spend the better part of a decade just learning the ropes, and not everything crucial is directly taught by a mentor. This time is spent waiting for information from above, and little mistakes can cost big opportunities. With this news, a young career-driven hopeful might grow anxious. But Clark provides a slew of trade secrets for handling even the smallest events, such as being asked by a senior executive to prepare coffee for a meeting or to tidy up the boardroom. Depending on one’s position in the company, Clark explains, those actions could damage progress. Clark lays out strong concepts, such as separating the work from the person, leaning in, and performing every job with aptitude and confidence. Clark gives tips on everything from communication and wardrobe to travel and professionalism. The author’s straight-to-the-point style can be funny: “Think of your hair as an erogenous zone. Don’t touch it in public.” She’s also brutally critical of slang and the use of the word “like” in every sentence. “Women should be interesting enough that their colleagues would want to have a beer with them after work. Not a double martini. That’s a different type of interesting.” The book expertly zooms in to the workday and out to the overall workforce, covering 9-to-5 behaviors along with strategies for career shifts, networking and starting from scratch.

A solid guide to handling obstacles a new employee might not even notice and a realistic look at the climb toward success in a male-dominated workforce.

Pub Date: Oct. 7, 2014

ISBN: 978-0768938937

Page Count: 264

Publisher: Peterson's

Review Posted Online: Nov. 12, 2014

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Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our...

THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

A psychologist and Nobel Prize winner summarizes and synthesizes the recent decades of research on intuition and systematic thinking.

The author of several scholarly texts, Kahneman (Emeritus Psychology and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.) now offers general readers not just the findings of psychological research but also a better understanding of how research questions arise and how scholars systematically frame and answer them. He begins with the distinction between System 1 and System 2 mental operations, the former referring to quick, automatic thought, the latter to more effortful, overt thinking. We rely heavily, writes, on System 1, resorting to the higher-energy System 2 only when we need or want to. Kahneman continually refers to System 2 as “lazy”: We don’t want to think rigorously about something. The author then explores the nuances of our two-system minds, showing how they perform in various situations. Psychological experiments have repeatedly revealed that our intuitions are generally wrong, that our assessments are based on biases and that our System 1 hates doubt and despises ambiguity. Kahneman largely avoids jargon; when he does use some (“heuristics,” for example), he argues that such terms really ought to join our everyday vocabulary. He reviews many fundamental concepts in psychology and statistics (regression to the mean, the narrative fallacy, the optimistic bias), showing how they relate to his overall concerns about how we think and why we make the decisions that we do. Some of the later chapters (dealing with risk-taking and statistics and probabilities) are denser than others (some readers may resent such demands on System 2!), but the passages that deal with the economic and political implications of the research are gripping.

Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-374-27563-1

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: Sept. 4, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2011

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A declaration worth hearing out in a time of growing inequality—and indignity.

ECONOMIC DIGNITY

Noted number cruncher Sperling delivers an economist’s rejoinder to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Former director of the National Economic Council in the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the author has long taken a view of the dismal science that takes economic justice fully into account. Alongside all the metrics and estimates and reckonings of GDP, inflation, and the supply curve, he holds the great goal of economic policy to be the advancement of human dignity, a concept intangible enough to chase the econometricians away. Growth, the sacred mantra of most economic policy, “should never be considered an appropriate ultimate end goal” for it, he counsels. Though 4% is the magic number for annual growth to be considered healthy, it is healthy only if everyone is getting the benefits and not just the ultrawealthy who are making away with the spoils today. Defining dignity, admits Sperling, can be a kind of “I know it when I see it” problem, but it does not exist where people are a paycheck away from homelessness; the fact, however, that people widely share a view of indignity suggests the “intuitive universality” of its opposite. That said, the author identifies three qualifications, one of them the “ability to meaningfully participate in the economy with respect, not domination and humiliation.” Though these latter terms are also essentially unquantifiable, Sperling holds that this respect—lack of abuse, in another phrasing—can be obtained through a tight labor market and monetary and fiscal policy that pushes for full employment. In other words, where management needs to come looking for workers, workers are likely to be better treated than when the opposite holds. In still other words, writes the author, dignity is in part a function of “ ‘take this job and shove it’ power,” which is a power worth fighting for.

A declaration worth hearing out in a time of growing inequality—and indignity.

Pub Date: May 5, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-7987-5

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Penguin Press

Review Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2020

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