The Token Woman, book review: How to handle common workplace irritations

The Token Girl: A Guidebook to Thriving as a Female Leader in Revenue • By Cheryl Stookes • FriesenPress • seventy eight webpages • ISBN 978-1525586804 •  £13.ninety nine / $17.99   

“I looked all-around the home asking yourself when the token female was going to display up. Then I realized… she was me.” 

Revenue, specifically in the technological innovation market, is continue to generally male dominated. Getting labored her way up from IT cellphone revenue rep to vice president, Cheryl Stookes has loads of encounter of being the token female — and, in The Token Girl: A Guidebook to Thriving as a Female Leader in Revenue, some assistance for other individuals going via the similar factor.  

Many women of all ages will recognise the feeling of being an underqualified imposter, will acquire comments about how to existing them selves, will speculate how to take care of rough circumstances like needing to fire another person, and will want to talk up about leaders who belittle colleagues taking parental depart. But this rapidly seventy eight-webpage go through is just as most likely to be valuable to male readers, because most of the assistance is just not precise to women of all ages. 

If The Token Girl has a flaw, it’s how understated it is about discrimination, the troubles going through those people hired to increase range without having equal efforts being built to modify corporation tradition, or the pressure of coping with mansplaining and ‘manstealing’. The latter is Stookes’s apposite term for a male dismissing a woman’s recommendation in a meeting, only to existing it as their personal thought a couple of minutes afterwards, taking the credit rating when every person likes it. 

Rather, in much the similar way that the e book title places a beneficial spin on a usually unfavorable encounter, Stookes concentrates on remaining cheerful and offering sensible ideas for leaders and colleagues, illustrated with anecdotes from her personal profession. 

Women who have regularly encountered mansplaining without having the reward of a supportive (male) manager backing them wholeheartedly to inform the offender what they’re carrying out improper may possibly be a minor envious. But simply hearing how popular difficult circumstances are will assistance readers with similar challenges truly feel a lot less isolated. There’s assistance for dealing with these challenges, as perfectly as for stepping up as a manager, all of which is relevant broadly beyond revenue (or certainly, the technological innovation market). 

Replying to manstealers as if they ended up championing the thought of the person who initially instructed it is just not just a delicate way of restoring credit rating to its rightful proprietor it can also assistance create a tradition wherever every person acknowledges and credits contributions. “If a little something will take a lot more than 3 e-mail to get resolved, it’s time to decide up the cellphone” is a valuable reminder of an evident program of motion that is uncomplicated to fail to remember. 

The five stages of problem resolving (from not realizing possibly the problem or the solution, to reporting again on which solution ideal solved a problem) will be extremely valuable, both for inexperienced supervisors and for those people who have not had a manager mentor them with this variety of assistance. There are even suggestions for taking care of upward hidden in Stookes’s ideas for how a manager can get ready for a customer meeting that a a lot more junior staff asks them to sign up for. And whilst it’s more and more popular to advise that improvisational comedy is valuable preparation for perform, it’s wonderful to have that go over a lot more than the ‘yes, and’ principle.  

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All the valuable assistance does suppose that the reader will be able to talk up without having critical repercussions. Stookes acknowledges that, as a white female, there is discrimination she hasn’t confronted, and she’s crystal clear about the value of range and the need to contact out bad conduct and offer guidance. 

When the gentle, pleasant and usually amusing tone of the e book fits the target on valuable suggestions instead than the discouraging ordeals that make the suggestions needed, not every person will be able to retain their ‘resting bitch face’ without having it being profession restricting. But if you are in a posture to put Stookes’s assistance into motion, you may obtain this a refreshing acquire on how to take care of some popular office irritations.

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