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The unspoken rules for how women should behave in the workplace are as numerous as they are confusing. Ask for a pay rise? Pushy. Take credit for an idea? Arrogant. Admit a mistake? Weak. Successfully juggle work and family? Unpromotable. In How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings, Sarah Cooper, author of the bestselling 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, illu The unspoken rules for how women should behave in the workplace are as numerous as they are confusing. Ask for a pay rise? Pushy. Take credit for an idea? Arrogant. Admit a mistake? Weak. Successfully juggle work and family? Unpromotable. In How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings, Sarah Cooper, author of the bestselling 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, illustrates how women can achieve their dreams, succeed in their careers and become leaders, without harming the fragile male ego. This wickedly funny tongue-in-cheek guide includes chapters on ‘How to Ace Your Job Interview Without Over-acing It’, ‘9 Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women’, and ‘Choose Your Own Adventure: Do You Want to Be Likeable or Successful?’. It even includes several pages to doodle on while men finish explaining things. When all else fails, there is a set of cut-outable moustaches inside to allow women to seem more man-like, which will probably lead to a quick promotion! PRAISE FOR 100 TRICKS TO APPEAR SMART IN MEETINGS: 'A lot of fun and absolutely on the money' Daily Telegraph, Book of the Year 'Even though it's mostly a comedy book, I can't help but think how legitmately useful I would have found this in my early twenties' The Pool 'Sarah Cooper is uncannily spot on when describing the seemingly innocent behaviours of people attempting to impress others' Christine Tsai, Founding Partner, 500 STARTUPS


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The unspoken rules for how women should behave in the workplace are as numerous as they are confusing. Ask for a pay rise? Pushy. Take credit for an idea? Arrogant. Admit a mistake? Weak. Successfully juggle work and family? Unpromotable. In How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings, Sarah Cooper, author of the bestselling 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, illu The unspoken rules for how women should behave in the workplace are as numerous as they are confusing. Ask for a pay rise? Pushy. Take credit for an idea? Arrogant. Admit a mistake? Weak. Successfully juggle work and family? Unpromotable. In How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings, Sarah Cooper, author of the bestselling 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, illustrates how women can achieve their dreams, succeed in their careers and become leaders, without harming the fragile male ego. This wickedly funny tongue-in-cheek guide includes chapters on ‘How to Ace Your Job Interview Without Over-acing It’, ‘9 Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women’, and ‘Choose Your Own Adventure: Do You Want to Be Likeable or Successful?’. It even includes several pages to doodle on while men finish explaining things. When all else fails, there is a set of cut-outable moustaches inside to allow women to seem more man-like, which will probably lead to a quick promotion! PRAISE FOR 100 TRICKS TO APPEAR SMART IN MEETINGS: 'A lot of fun and absolutely on the money' Daily Telegraph, Book of the Year 'Even though it's mostly a comedy book, I can't help but think how legitmately useful I would have found this in my early twenties' The Pool 'Sarah Cooper is uncannily spot on when describing the seemingly innocent behaviours of people attempting to impress others' Christine Tsai, Founding Partner, 500 STARTUPS

30 review for How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings: Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carol (Bookaria)

    This book in two words: hilarious and relevant. A guide to help women navigate difficult workplace situations. It is marketed as a humorous book (and in fact is very funny) but is also an accurate portrayal of many issues women still face today on their professional lives. Some of the chapters titles are "COMMUNICATION: How to talk like a man but still be seen as a woman", "AMBITION: How to advance your career without shoving it in everyone's face", and "NEGOTIATION: gaslightning for beginners". I This book in two words: hilarious and relevant. A guide to help women navigate difficult workplace situations. It is marketed as a humorous book (and in fact is very funny) but is also an accurate portrayal of many issues women still face today on their professional lives. Some of the chapters titles are "COMMUNICATION: How to talk like a man but still be seen as a woman", "AMBITION: How to advance your career without shoving it in everyone's face", and "NEGOTIATION: gaslightning for beginners". I read the book in one sitting and it includes illustrations that describe different situations women may encounter and the corresponding responses they should have when encountering those situations.  Overall, I liked it, it was highly entertaining as wells as a relevant and light-hearted portrayal of the workplace today.  Received ARC from the publisher via Netgalley

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fun fact: the ink for this book was made from male tears. I applied for this book on a whim because I think breaking the glass ceiling is still a challenge that many professional and professional-aspiring women face in the workplace, particularly in the fields of science and tech. And yes, I realize that some workplaces are the exceptions. Some do an exceptional job incorporating diversity and acceptance into their corporate culture and m Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Fun fact: the ink for this book was made from male tears. I applied for this book on a whim because I think breaking the glass ceiling is still a challenge that many professional and professional-aspiring women face in the workplace, particularly in the fields of science and tech. And yes, I realize that some workplaces are the exceptions. Some do an exceptional job incorporating diversity and acceptance into their corporate culture and making everyone feel welcome, regardless of sex, gender, ethnicity and creed, and those places should be lauded - deservedly so. However, for every place that's doing it right, there are even more places doing it wrong, and virtually every woman I know has at least one horror story of harassment, gaslighting, or even just under-appreciation in at least one of their jobs by sheer dint of being female. HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT HURTING MEN'S FEELINGS satirizes the sexist old guard corporate culture (think Mad Men) of places where all of those in charge are white dudes, and women and minorities are treated as interlopers who are threatening the sanctity of their Boys' Club. Some of my favorite sections in this book were Gaslighting 101, "blank pages to doodle on while men explain things to you," and Being Liked vs. Being Successful. There's also a great comic in here that someone in my professional circle shared with me about how differently people view men vs. women when they say the same exact thing. It's amazing, really, how quick we are to label women as aggressive or bitchy for just doing their damn job and saying it without a smile or an emoji. If you are a feminist who is frustrated with archaic gender roles and norms, or you've had a job where you didn't feel welcome and are still seething at the injustice, I think this will be a good book for you. I liked how the author identified the sexist problems while also making fun of office culture as a whole, as in The Office, and the email bingo was hilariously on point. The lighter moments balanced out the darker sections, such as the one on workplace sexual harassment, which made me very sad and uncomfortable. I feel very lucky in that all of the places I have worked have been very good to me, but this also makes me sad because feeling safe and secure where you work should not be a matter of luck and there are so many people who seem to think that just because inequality and harassment don't happen to them, personally, means that nobody anywhere is experiencing it, which is not the case. I'm glad that books like these are coming out to push equality and call out toxic behavior. Awareness and recognition are just the first steps when it comes to social change. Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy! 3.5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    [Shai] Bibliophage

    Dear author and publisher, why do you come up with this book only now?! Ten years ago, a friend who recruited me to their company told me that the reason I was not hired because the supervisor who conducted the interview was threatened by my skills. Several years after that, I had a job interview in the I.T. department of a huge local T.V. station here in the country. I had no problems with my series of interview with the human resources head, but when I was interviewed by two supervisors from t Dear author and publisher, why do you come up with this book only now?! Ten years ago, a friend who recruited me to their company told me that the reason I was not hired because the supervisor who conducted the interview was threatened by my skills. Several years after that, I had a job interview in the I.T. department of a huge local T.V. station here in the country. I had no problems with my series of interview with the human resources head, but when I was interviewed by two supervisors from the department where I should be assigned, I encountered a bit of problem because of being honest. When I was asked if I can do hard coding, I answered that I can but that's my biggest mistake because I was compared to one of them. The one who asked me the question candidly joke that I beat his companion because he cannot do it, which made the receiver of the remark speechless and humiliated. And yes, all supervisors who turn down my applications were all male! If only this book was released sooner, I could have learned how to deal with those men. The content may be in humor form, but there's a bit of truth to the details especially on how some men still think that the workforce should be still male-dominated. They may not admit it but there are instances that they are threatened by their female counterpart. I'm quite sure that all employed ladies or used to worked before has experienced several instances that were listed in this book. I could grab copies of this and give as a present to some friends, particularly those who currently experience sexism from their work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    When I first got into the work world, the book we were all supposed to read was "Games your mother never taught you." Very good book. I would like to say it is a little dated, but some of those things still go on, and women have to adjust to them, unfortunately. If you have every worked in a corporate office, and if you are a woman, you have run across the things that are being made fun of in this book. I worked in corporate offices for 10 years, in the 1990s. From the looks of this book, things When I first got into the work world, the book we were all supposed to read was "Games your mother never taught you." Very good book. I would like to say it is a little dated, but some of those things still go on, and women have to adjust to them, unfortunately. If you have every worked in a corporate office, and if you are a woman, you have run across the things that are being made fun of in this book. I worked in corporate offices for 10 years, in the 1990s. From the looks of this book, things have not changed much. This book is pretending to tell women the right way to do things, so as not to upset their male co-workers, because, of course, we would not want to do that. This example, below, is telling women how to dress for a job interview. As you can see, there is no perfect way to dress. :) This example, below, is showing how if a woman says it, it comes across differently than if a man says it. This was true then, and true now. I'm sure not all men and women feel this way, but I have seen enough of this stuff to find humor in how it is presented. This cartoon is self explanatory. And of course, mansplaining is touched on. And, the bonus tips about hot do deal with CEOs, vs toddlers. I quite enjoyed the humor that hit a little to close to home, in most of these instances, but makes for something to laugh at too. Good gift for any working woman, and probably for men who understand, as well. #HowToBeSuccessfulWithoutHurtingMen'sFeelings #NetGalley Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I ended up buying this on Thursday and was happy when it arrived Saturday. After a long road trip back from the southern part of VA, I was happy to be back in my house and reading something funny. I had seen a post about this book on Ask A Manager, and loved the images that were shown. Later on a friend and I going into work looked it up and were dying about some of the the things that Cooper gets into, but then of course we also got mad and then sad, because though this is humor, it still stings. I ended up buying this on Thursday and was happy when it arrived Saturday. After a long road trip back from the southern part of VA, I was happy to be back in my house and reading something funny. I had seen a post about this book on Ask A Manager, and loved the images that were shown. Later on a friend and I going into work looked it up and were dying about some of the the things that Cooper gets into, but then of course we also got mad and then sad, because though this is humor, it still stings. Yes, women are often talked down to by colleagues, ignored for saying something, but kudos are given out when a male colleague repeats the same comment ten minutes later. We are often told to not get wound up when someone is doing something shitty to us, and called a bitch behind our backs when we refuse to let someone walk all over us. Yes, it is 2018 and the more things change, the more they stay the same. This book reminds me of Yes Please by Amy Poehler, both are bright books which include places for the owner of the book to write, scribble, doodle, etc. There are 12 chapters in this book (FYI they are very short due to the illustrations, so don't worry about getting bored) with a funny introduction and conclusion. Chapter 2: Communication-How to Talk Like A Man but Still be Seen as a Woman is the one chapter that ticked me off the most though (I still laughed). Probably because every scenario in there has happened to me. Oh you said something that got totally ignored and a male colleague is praised for saying it 15 minutes later. Do you worry about talking too loud and forceful though when your male colleague does it, somehow he's considering charismatic and a leader of the future? Chapter 4: Authenticity-How to Bring Your True Self to Work and Then Hide it Completely made me giggle the most though. I remember being new to the government and being told I needed to bring in pictures (I was not married and didn't have kids--still don't) to make me more approachable. A manager said this to me. I remember thinking who cares what is going on at home, it's not like you will ever meet these people! Chapter 7: Negotiation-Gaslighting for Beginners and Chapter 8: Harassment-How to be Harassed Without Hurting his Career were also had some funny side by sides. The side by sides showing how to do things incorrectly and the right way to do things in this book should be pull outs that you can stick on a fridge or in your cube somewhere. This book is obviously humor, so please don't follow the advice in the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lorilin

    When I first started reading this book, it annoyed me. Yeah, yeah, okay: Better not wear this hairstyle because men find it threatening! And better not talk too loudly because men find that threatening, too! Etc., etc. It was all stuff I'd heard a million times before. Boring. But as I kept reading, it really started to dawn on me that I do a lot of the "passive female" mannerisms shown in the book. That overly-fake-excited tone in emails? Yep, I do that. Letting men (and sometimes women) talk ov When I first started reading this book, it annoyed me. Yeah, yeah, okay: Better not wear this hairstyle because men find it threatening! And better not talk too loudly because men find that threatening, too! Etc., etc. It was all stuff I'd heard a million times before. Boring. But as I kept reading, it really started to dawn on me that I do a lot of the "passive female" mannerisms shown in the book. That overly-fake-excited tone in emails? Yep, I do that. Letting men (and sometimes women) talk over me and even explain my own ideas to me? Yeah, I've done that, too. Allowing a man to make me feel physically uncomfortable but feeling powerless to do anything about it simply because he ended that douchey comment with a smiley emoticon or that suggestive touch with a "we're cool, right!" smile? I have. I've allowed that. Honestly, the more I read this book, the worse it made me feel. I consider myself pretty self-aware and progressive. I know how to be a strong woman. I'm woke, kids! But with every tongue-in-cheek cartoon, I couldn't help but realize how many tiny grievances I let slip by. Not that I'm looking to become petty, overly-sensitive, hurtful, or rude toward other people. (I've worked hard to become a more confident advocate for myself, while still embracing the power of grace and forgiveness.) But wouldn't it be nice to be able to communicate honestly every once in a while without fake smiles and the excessive use of exclamation points---all without worrying about who I'm offending in the process? Is that a world I ever get to live in? Some of the examples in here are dated, and I would argue that many of the situations shown are no longer specifically "men vs. women." (Shoot, I've learned that female bosses and coworkers can be brutal, too...) But there is still no denying the truth of what author Sarah Cooper writes. Ultimately, this book isn't going to be for everyone, but it's definitely an interesting and eye-opening read. It made me think. Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and Amazon Vine for the ARC! See more of my reviews at www.bugbugbooks.com.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Yoda

    I love funny/sarcastic books and this one was funny from the very first page.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    The art and layout are really appealing and the humor is spot on. It made me LOL on the bus home.

  9. 5 out of 5

    rivka

    Occasionally depressing how many examples were very close to real things I have seen and/or done myself. But also amusing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Critterbee❇

    Hilarious, yet painfully accurate commentary on how to succeed with hurting men's feelings or damaging their ego. A must read for everyone. *eARC Netgalley*

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    "Because you know what's more precious than my hopes and dreams? A man's ego. A man's ego must be protected at all cost." How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings: Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women is really, really good. It's one of those books that is so successful because not only is it genuinely funny (with wonderful visual aids and illustrations to boot) but it's all so painfully true, and timely. Within the pages of this book, you will find helpful tips for "Because you know what's more precious than my hopes and dreams? A man's ego. A man's ego must be protected at all cost." How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings: Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women is really, really good. It's one of those books that is so successful because not only is it genuinely funny (with wonderful visual aids and illustrations to boot) but it's all so painfully true, and timely. Within the pages of this book, you will find helpful tips for how to ace your interview (without over-acing it), how to talk like a man (but be seen as a woman) and how to be harassed (but protect your harasser). I can't think of a woman who wouldn't relate to at least one thing that is discussed in this book but I can certainly think of plenty of men that will be OUTRAGED by it, which, who cares? This book isn't for them. This book is for the women who experience all of these things and have to be able to laugh about them so that they won't die inside every second of the workday. I kept flagging pages that I wanted to pull quotes from for this review but I quickly found that I was tagging nearly every other page. The only one I felt compelled to include is the one that I opened with here; for all of the other incredible ones, you'll just have to go and read this for yourself! I was unfamiliar with Sarah Cooper before picking up this book and I plan to correct that mistake immediately by going back and reading anything and everything else she has ever written. I received this ARC as a courtesy from NetGalley & the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bunny

    What's the worst part of being a woman in business? We asked these three men what they think. AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Just based on the title, you know you're going to laugh until you cry. And you're going to laugh because you want to cry. And maybe you're just going to cry. This book is very funny, but also very real, which makes it...not funny. You see the conundrum here, yes? Irony runs rampant throughout, and I think the best part is the fact that maybe, just maybe, you can find What's the worst part of being a woman in business? We asked these three men what they think. AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Just based on the title, you know you're going to laugh until you cry. And you're going to laugh because you want to cry. And maybe you're just going to cry. This book is very funny, but also very real, which makes it...not funny. You see the conundrum here, yes? Irony runs rampant throughout, and I think the best part is the fact that maybe, just maybe, you can find humor in the bullshit scenarios you have experienced more than once in your professional life. Also, the motivational pretty fonted breaks in the chapters make everything better. Received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Bunnell

    It's short, and you definitely need to see the illustrations. Not sure if audio is even available. but you need pictures for this one. And it's funny. Because it's true. Holy hand grenades, I wish I'd read this 25 years ago when I was starting my career as a lawyer. But then, I really wish it wasn't true and I wouldn't have spent a quarter of a century being underpaid and mansplained to, but, here we are. I'm definitely donning a fake mustache next time I have to give a presentation so there's a c It's short, and you definitely need to see the illustrations. Not sure if audio is even available. but you need pictures for this one. And it's funny. Because it's true. Holy hand grenades, I wish I'd read this 25 years ago when I was starting my career as a lawyer. But then, I really wish it wasn't true and I wouldn't have spent a quarter of a century being underpaid and mansplained to, but, here we are. I'm definitely donning a fake mustache next time I have to give a presentation so there's a chance people might listen to me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pooja

    Absolutely loved this. Thank you to the author for coming up with such ideas!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mairead

    Highly recommend. Frustratingly hilarious and real. NOT TOO SPOILING SPOILER: "So how do you be successful without hurting men's feelings? You don't. You be successful whether men's feelings are hurt or not, because really that's up to them, not you. [...] More rules on how we should change in order to better deal with their issues ain't gonna help us, honey. What will help us is more of us. A lot more of us. Everywhere. So get out there! And be as threatening or as non-threatening as you want."

  16. 4 out of 5

    David Wineberg

    After the razor-sharp 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, I wondered if Sarah Cooper could do it again. She did. How To Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings is a sendup of two sexes working together, sparing no feelings and cutting to the bone. It is uproariously funny and deeply painful. It is painful to those who will see themselves, possibly for the first time, for who they really are. It is funny because working relationships are so distorted, you couldn’t just make this stuff up After the razor-sharp 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, I wondered if Sarah Cooper could do it again. She did. How To Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings is a sendup of two sexes working together, sparing no feelings and cutting to the bone. It is uproariously funny and deeply painful. It is painful to those who will see themselves, possibly for the first time, for who they really are. It is funny because working relationships are so distorted, you couldn’t just make this stuff up. Everyone can relate to some situation in this book. It is a survival kit for women in a business world dominated by white men. The basic premise is for women to suppress anger, skill, knowledge and creativity in order not to hurt men’s feelings, and worse of course, cut your own career short. As Cooper says: “It’s all about finding that perfect balance that doesn’t exist.” The men, of course, are self-absorbed, sport cliché loving selfish oafs. They explain things endlessly, even things women had to explain to them in the first place. They steal credit, put women down, and harass them, in what can never again be considered harmless ways. Cooper’s style is as delightful as ever. She lays out the premise, and takes it to an extreme, which is absurd yet reasonable given the circumstances. Here’s what she says about being authentic: “Authenticity is less about being the real you and more about finding someone successful to look up to and being that person instead.” “How to be harassed without hurting his career” alone is worth price of admission. What women go through that men rarely have to is criminal, literally. That it goes on daily and is a normal part of work is insane at best. Cooper lists the various categories of harassment in the office, and provides escape advice, most of which is laughing it off, in order not to start an investigation, which nobody ever wins. Gaslighting is another great chapter, in which women are told they are confused and wrong and made to back off or back away from credit, accomplishment and success, while some man steals it all. There are 14 such chapters in all, each with laughs that hurt. They are interspersed with bright fuchsia face pages smothered with the swirly, girly white fonts of romance novels that are hilarious in their own right. How To Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings is the complete package. David Wineberg For this same review with images, see https://medium.com/the-straight-dope/...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Reading this book made me realize how happy I am in my industry. Libraries tend to be female-heavy workplaces. My first job out of college, though, I was the only woman in a computer building business. I always wondered if I was the “diversity hire,” but don’t recall anyone ever hassling me outright. Now that I’m older, I can look back and recognize how paternal (and slightly condescending) all those guys were to little ol’ me. One mustn’t forget, however, that the shoe can always be on the othe Reading this book made me realize how happy I am in my industry. Libraries tend to be female-heavy workplaces. My first job out of college, though, I was the only woman in a computer building business. I always wondered if I was the “diversity hire,” but don’t recall anyone ever hassling me outright. Now that I’m older, I can look back and recognize how paternal (and slightly condescending) all those guys were to little ol’ me. One mustn’t forget, however, that the shoe can always be on the other foot. A guy friend of mine is the only male in his department. He recently expressed frustration that he feels he has to be much more careful than a woman would about what he does, what he says, and how he approaches his female coworkers for fear that they’ll read his intentions as inappropriate. A small, nasty, part of me thinks, “yeah, well now he knows how women have felt for years.” Most of me just thinks it’s unfair that anyone--male, female, or otherwise--should be made to feel uncomfortable in their workplace.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Svendsen

    I know I should laugh and find the irony of the book funny. I do, but I cannot enjoy it. I understand that the book is filled with irony and should be lived on the complete opposite, but I am a little offended of the book. Working woman have fought hard to be where they are now, and to make fun of uncomfortable situations is not the way to go. I work in a male dominated tech industry, and yes some of the pages spoke to me, but they also spoke to negative of my male coworkers. This book play on s I know I should laugh and find the irony of the book funny. I do, but I cannot enjoy it. I understand that the book is filled with irony and should be lived on the complete opposite, but I am a little offended of the book. Working woman have fought hard to be where they are now, and to make fun of uncomfortable situations is not the way to go. I work in a male dominated tech industry, and yes some of the pages spoke to me, but they also spoke to negative of my male coworkers. This book play on stereotypes, that's why it is funny and that is why I find outdated and vulgar. *Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Constance

    Who said feminists don't have a sense of humor? Hilarious and too true.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zheen Khalil Kamala

    At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide how you’d want to be perceived by men and how you wouldn’t care anyways.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    Sarah Cooper's goal was "[t]o write a book that was hopefully funny but could also make people want to throw it across the room" (208). She achieved much more of the first part than the second part. Like her previous book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, the humor here is perfect: perceptive, biting, and dry. Also, and despite its title, this book features a lot of content that is just basic office humor, able to be appreciated by any reader, regardless of gender. Some of the attitudes a Sarah Cooper's goal was "[t]o write a book that was hopefully funny but could also make people want to throw it across the room" (208). She achieved much more of the first part than the second part. Like her previous book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, the humor here is perfect: perceptive, biting, and dry. Also, and despite its title, this book features a lot of content that is just basic office humor, able to be appreciated by any reader, regardless of gender. Some of the attitudes and experiences Cooper writes about have more to do with particular personality types than with being male or female. But the fact that females deal with certain experiences more often than males is sad and infuriating. My favorite parts of this book were the "bonus tips" and infographics included throughout. Cooper is right on about so much of corporate life, and though her particular focus is women in the tech industry, my experience shows me that higher education and nonprofits are not very different. (Though of course this book made me think about one male I know who not only matches a lot of what Cooper writes about men in the workplace, but probably wouldn't even understand which character he is in this book if he read it. I'm glad it's only one person like that who comes to mind.) The only reason I don't rate this as highly as 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings is that there is something inherently absurd and non-serious about meetings. Mocking and laughing at them seems like an appropriate survival tactic. But some of the issues Cooper addresses in How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings are much more serious. Chapter 8 especially, "How to Be Harassed Without Hurting His Career," was particularly squirmy and awkward. Joking about that feels more difficult and perhaps inappropriate, and those were the jokes that, for me, didn't land quite so well. But overall, the book is brilliant. Cooper has made me laugh through two books and her website, and for that, I'm grateful. Reading the other contributors to her website only highlights just how hard it is to do what she does. I was glad to read that this is the second of a three-book deal—can't wait for the next one!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anu

    Sarah Cooper is the hilarious comic that shot to fame through her Trump parodies. She has written a ridiculously funny book that is ironically an accurate representation of what women have to do to succeed in a male dominated world. She worked as a UX designer on Google Docs and it appears much of the material is inspired by her experiences in the tech world. It’s no secret that successful women are criticized as being “intimidating”, “stubborn”, “aggressive” while the same behaviour is praisewo Sarah Cooper is the hilarious comic that shot to fame through her Trump parodies. She has written a ridiculously funny book that is ironically an accurate representation of what women have to do to succeed in a male dominated world. She worked as a UX designer on Google Docs and it appears much of the material is inspired by her experiences in the tech world. It’s no secret that successful women are criticized as being “intimidating”, “stubborn”, “aggressive” while the same behaviour is praiseworthy in successful men. It sure isn't fun living through these experiences, but at least Sarah makes it bearable with her funny depictions. A fun book for women to laugh at our own travails...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover

    I didn’t realize this was supposed to be more on the humorous side so you can imagine my surprise when I read some of the things in this book. I must say it was pretty funny and kinda sad that some of it was true. It’s a super quick, comic like read. So if you’re actually looking for a book with substance this isn’t it, but it’ll make you laugh for sure.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Waiyan

    "To write a book that was hopefully funny but could also make people want to throw it across the room..." Yes I felt this way while I was reading the book. Not sure how to rate this book, it's funny and sarcastic but many problems mentioned are true in reality.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erica Larson

    I just binge read this and it is sadly fantastic or perhaps hilariously sad because it is so spot on with the satire. I laughed my way into hyperventilation up until Chapter 8: How To Be Harassed Without Hurting His Career. The following chapter was also a bit painful regarding likability versus success and I found myself yearning for the bottle of Rose I have downstairs. But then it was all five stars uphill from there by making me cackle far too loudly to be perceived as non-threatening. Ladie I just binge read this and it is sadly fantastic or perhaps hilariously sad because it is so spot on with the satire. I laughed my way into hyperventilation up until Chapter 8: How To Be Harassed Without Hurting His Career. The following chapter was also a bit painful regarding likability versus success and I found myself yearning for the bottle of Rose I have downstairs. But then it was all five stars uphill from there by making me cackle far too loudly to be perceived as non-threatening. Ladies in corporate, especially tech companies, please enjoy this book with me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    AJNels

    “It’s all about finding that perfect balance that doesn’t exist.” Cry-laughing because it’s too real.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Very, very funny satirical "guide" to succeeding in a male-dominated world. And kind of depressing in its hilarity and accuracy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Muslihah

    Fun and witty take on how life is a losing game, if you’re a woman. This book would make a great gift/coffee table book for the men in your life.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jane Chu

    Hilarious book with great images to match. I plan to buy for all my female working friends as gifts.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    With such sections as "A Few Blank Pages to Doodle on When Men Are Explaining Things" and a button for corporate male allies that says "Considered the IDEA of the POSSIBILITY of the EXISTENCE of sexism," I had to buy this. If you or someone else you know has experience the burn of sexism in the workplace, this is one of those things that will make you chuckle/cry. Another sample: A single sentence said by both a man and a woman garners different reactions. If a man says, "I'm in the middle of som With such sections as "A Few Blank Pages to Doodle on When Men Are Explaining Things" and a button for corporate male allies that says "Considered the IDEA of the POSSIBILITY of the EXISTENCE of sexism," I had to buy this. If you or someone else you know has experience the burn of sexism in the workplace, this is one of those things that will make you chuckle/cry. Another sample: A single sentence said by both a man and a woman garners different reactions. If a man says, "I'm in the middle of something, can we chat later?" he's focused. A woman is a bitch. If a woman says, "I think I'm the best person to lead this project," she's arrogant. A man is confident. The kind of truth that hurts, right?

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