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Naked in the Boardroom

Naked in the Boardroom

A CEO Bares Her Secrets So You Can Transform Your Career

Renowned media executive Robin Wolaner delivers the 80 Naked Truths businesswomen need to develop presence, seize power, and achieve success.

Straight-talking and sensible, Naked in the Boardroom explains how to achieve more: more opportunities, more money, more notches on the corporate belt without sacrificing your integrity or losing your identity.
In delicious, bite-sized nuggets, Robin Wolaner's Naked Truths provide universal and instantly gratifying lessons for advancing your career. They can be put into action regardless of your age, experience, industry, or whether you are a one-woman start-up or a big-company employee.
Drawing on her own career in magazine publishing and media development, Wolaner shows you how to succeed because of, rather than despite, your unique background and personality. With humor, attitude, and fierce intelligence, she reveals:
  • The keys to successful negotiation on behalf of the company or yourself
  • What great public speakers know and tricks you can use
  • When and how to burn your career plan
  • How to do the right thing in the gray zones of business ethics
  • Effective ways to recover from a mistake
  • Unusual wisdom for hiring and firing -- and for being hired and fired
  • And much more

Peppered with candid stories drawn from Wolaner's life, as well as those of other trailblazing women, Naked in the Boardroom is both essential and inspiring. It provides invaluable wisdom for anyone who sees success on the horizon, but who wants help getting there on her own terms.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743271899 | 
  • March 2005
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Introduction

My mother hates the word "naked" in this book's title. One of my first business partners said, "Naked in the boardroom? Well, you have always disarmed and then dismantled any man you were near, not the other way around." 

I don't mean it literally, Mom. And I'm glad my partner thought I was always in control. But what I mean is this: Getting naked is another term for getting real.

Naked in the Boardroom began as a letter to my daughter, Bonnie, when she was four. I was thinking about what her working life would be like as a woman, and how much had (and hadn't) changed since I began my career in the... see more

About the Author

Robin Wolaner
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Robin Wolaner

Robin Wolaner began her career as a copywriter at Penthouse, where she coined the famous slogan "Penthouse, more than just a pretty face." Before founding Parenting, she worked at magazines including Runner's World and Mother Jones. She became an executive at Time Warner after its purchase of Parenting, was appointed CEO of Sunset Publishing, launched Vibe, and helped develop Martha Stewart Living. In 1997 she joined the founders of CNET as executive vice president, responsible for the company's websites. She lives in San Francisco with her two children. Visit her at www.nakedintheboardroom.com

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