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A candid guide for ambitious women who want to succeed without losing themselves in the process

In The Myth of the Nice Girl, Fran Hauser deconstructs the negative perception of "niceness" that many women struggle with in the business world. If women are nice, they are seen as weak and ineffective, but if they are tough, they are labeled a bitch.

Hauser proves that women don't have to sacrifice their values or hide their authentic personalities to be successful. Sharing a wealth of personal anecdotes and time-tested strategies, she shows women how to reclaim "nice" and sidestep regressive stereotypes about what a strong leader looks like. Her accessible advice and hard-won wisdom detail how to balance being empathetic with being decisive, how to rise above the double standards that can box you in, how to cultivate authentic confidence that projects throughout a room, and much more.

The Myth of the Nice Girl is a refreshing dose of forward-looking feminism that will resonate with smart, professional women who know what they want and are looking for real advice to take their careers to the next level without losing themselves in the process.

©2018 Fran Hauser (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A must-have for young professional women

I very much enjoyed this book. As a young professional woman in a position of moderate authority, I have been searching for tips to help get people to take me seriously without coming across as overly aggressive, which was my default reaction before I read this. Fran does a great job of giving scenarios and examples, and I've taken away a lot from this book that I have already successfully put into practice in the workplace. Thanks, Fran!

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Great book for professional women

Great book. I am not a woman but bought it to see if it's something I can give my daughter. This is a good book. I also took lots of takeaways from this book. Will gift to my daughter...

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  • Cindy blunt
  • 2018-12-04

meeeh

Fran likes to talk about herself a lot, and understandably so it’s her book. This book has a lot about mentorship and networking. it wasn’t my favorite, it was a lot like Lean In, so if you like that kind of book for it. At least it’s not overly long if you don’t.

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  • Amy L Hubbard
  • 2018-06-08

Great insight!

I really enjoyed hearing others experiences. It reassured me that these thoughts and struggles were not completely my fault. I was that super quiet kid that sat back and observed everything, often afraid to speak up. Afraid that my answers would be wrong. It will be difficult, but I believe more in myself now than I ever did, and I will be successful. Great read for those professional women ready to make an impact and be heard!

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  • Rachel Prangner
  • 2018-04-27

So much info

this book is filled with great advice for women in business ! I believe that everything she said can be attributed in any career, no matter how long you've been working

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  • Allyson
  • 2018-07-03

Worth the listen!

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to friends. Easy to follow with clear action items. I’m 29 and just made a job change so it’s helpful to get these ideas on my radar as I navigate a new workplace environment. Also enjoyed her narration style. Calming to listen to at the end of the evening.

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  • Jennifer Mcintyre
  • Malibu, CA
  • 2018-06-20

Stay strong and successful

This is an absolute must-read for women at all levels. My only wish is that I had this book earlier in my career !! Hauser highlights the importance of relationships that are built on a foundation of trust. The chapters on mentorship are a fantastic checklist.
This is not a one and done book, it is a working tool.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-10

Every girl needs to hear!

Amazing book.
Every situation can be extrapolate to other careers , such as teacher, medical doctor or artist.
If you are a woman, you need this book.

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  • Gena L. Futral
  • 2019-01-10

must read

For all women, no matter the stage in your career. So many takeaways to take immediate action on.

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  • Orange County, CA
  • 2019-01-05

Trade-Offs Of Life Seem Overlooked

I applaud Fran Hauser for her accomplishments, willingness to share and help others.
This book offers numerous helpful tips we can all learn and benefit from.
However, I felt that this book showcases how woman are not making progress in their career once they reach their 30’s.
I know myself and dozens of other women that want to be home with their child or children.
Having or creating a career you love around children, a household, marriage and other responsibilities can be done but at what costs?
Also, many women like myself do not handle pregnancy well. The illness from childbirth ended my career. Whereas, my constant difficult pregnancies would make any corporate ladder unclimbable.

Women can have it all, just not all at the same time.

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  • Ponder
  • 2018-12-31

Excellent info for women AND men.

Confirms much of what I'm experiencing having just been disenfranchised from a leadership position so a male can have it instead. I'll have to memorize many of these practices so it doesn't happen again. Thanks, Authors!

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  • Jennifer Wigal
  • 2018-12-30

boring

This book has a few good points but mostly common sense. The narration was also painful.