Best Get-Ahead Books for Alpha Females

Weve scoured the shelves for the best career guides, required reading for the woman eyeing the executive suite.

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Sergey Baykov
Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office, by Lois P. Frankel
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Adrian Wroth
The Power of Nice, by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
The bottom line: If you've been called the dreaded "B" word, or your staff cowers when you walk by, consider this book a refresher course in the basics. It pays to be nice. It can sweeten a deal, invite networking opportunities, and foster loyalty among your underlings. Plus, "nice" companies boast lower turnover and higher productivity.
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Skip ODonnell
The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss
The bottom line: For career burnouts whose idea of a vacation requires a dead BlackBerry battery, this book reads like a Tony Robbins seminar. Halfway through you'll feel bold enough to quit your routine job and pursue your passion.
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Lise Gagne
You Want Me to Work with Who?, by Julia Jansen
The bottom line: Most offices are a grown-up version of The Breakfast Club — the requisite grouch, loner, and overachiever among them. Jansen offers useful tips on how to get disparate office personalities to collaborate for best results.
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Basic Black, by Cathie Black
The bottom line: In this quasi-memoir and self-help manual, the Hearst Magazines publisher details her ascent in publishing's formerly all-male ranks, punctuating her anecdotes with pivotal rules and lessons that guided her to the top. Most impressive is her candor about the mistakes along the way — like her disastrous stint as publisher of Francis Ford Coppola's ill-fated magazine, Zoetrope. Sharp, witty, and direct, this is the classic how-to for hard-core ladder-climbers.
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