Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Climbing the Corporate Ladder in High Heels

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Climbing the Corporate Ladder in High Heels

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Climbing the Corporate Ladder in High Heels by Kathleen Archambeau 2006. Franklin Park, NJ: The Career Press, Inc. 223 pages, Softcover, $14.99

Intended Audience: All

Major Headings from Table of Contents:

The Princess; The Soccer Mom; The Psychic; The Socialite; The Diva; The Cheerleader; The Girl Scout; The Apprentice; The Chef; The Athlete; The Soul Sister; The CEO.

How is the book most useful for its intended audience?

Maximizing your success in business has nothing to do with luck. It takes being honest with who you are and what you want, and having a specific plan.

The top things you learned from reading this book:

Life is about choices and having the freedom to choose. The importance of quality versus quantity. The importance of play. The importance of positive self-esteem

One of the biggest challenges women face in the business world is figuring out how to have a career as well as a life. Women have been led to believe they can't have it all. In Climbing the Corporate Ladder in High Heels, Kathleen Archambeau explains how women can have it all, the career and life-just not all at once. She contends that women should not have to choose between a job and a life, and that they don't have to change or alter anything about themselves. They need to forget about mimicking the male personality for success reference. Women need to use their skills, abilities and personality traits to be successful in their personal and professional lives. They should be aware of the things that set them apart from everyone else, and make them memorable and unique. However, they have to feel comfortable in their own skin to communicate this.

Women are capable of playing many roles. Archambeau identified twelve traditional female roles. All women have performed some of these roles, if not all. …

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