A book as a gift As a Christmas present Joeks sister gave me a new book: nice girls don’t get the corner office, written by Lois P. Frankel. I mentioned this book last week. How does this book work It is a workbook of sorts. You can actively work with it, use it. In the first chapter you’re asked to fill in a questionnaire. You get a certain score; this helps you navigate through the rest of the book. The book is divided in a couple chapters. Every chapter obviously contains a lot of text but not in the way you would expect it. The chapters are filled with ‘mistakes’, they are numbered through the book. In these mistakes you can read about what someone else did and how you can do it better to get a bigger succes. Sometimes the writer tells you what someone did absolutly right. After every subheading, every mistake, you find a couple of tips. Sometimes just the coaching tips from the writer. Sometimes tips from a professional. A good book I think this is a good book for a number of reasons. Reason 1 Two years ago I picked up a book after years of reading almost nothing. I picked up a book and read it cover to cover. Since then, I started to read a bit more again. I’ve read a couple of books these two years but you can’t say I’m a bookworm. Now we’re at the point of why I like this book: it’s easy to read. The mistakes are written down on usually one or two pages. This gives you plenty of moments to put the book down. I wrote about how I like that earlier in this post about ‘The secret lives of color’. Reason 2 I like to make notes in my books. With some books it feels like I’m not allowed to. In this book you are encouraged to make write in the book. Of course you can choose to do this on a different sheet of paper so you don’t need to write in there if you don’t want to. Reason 3 The book is about how to become a more powerful or empowered person at work. I already see myself as an empowered and/or powerful woman but not yet at work. There is a lot to learn and I am, thanks to this book. Reason 4 It is very practical, with all it’s tips and tricks. There are a couple of things I can and want to use right away. These things make changing myself for the better very achievable. There are a few things I’d rather keep or work on later because right now they aren’t relevant or seem too big. Reason 5 It’s written by a woman for women. You will read about countless examples of strong women in the businessworld and comparisons between men in women. The book is about how to close the gap between men and women. What now? I’ve read a quarter, maybe a third, of the book. I’m going to continue making notes at the points I need to work on. And keep on reading through things I don’t want to work on yet. All pages I think I can use right now, I write down. That way I can easily find back my notes and practical tips. The missing scheme The text I was reading spoke of a scheme. It was based off of the pyramid of Maslow. I had to look this up. The text said the scheme in the book was about working life. At the spot where the scheme should have been, was just empty space. I had no idea what the text was about because it was so deeply connected to the scheme. Because I didn’t understand a thing about this subject, I emailed the writer. I wrote about which book I was reading, the missing scheme on which page at what misstake and if she could send me the scheme. I didn’t expect much to happen. A writer of a bestseller and a coach probably doesn’t have the time to reply to an email full of spelling mistakes and she even had to figure out what scheme I was talking about. I was wrong. Within three days I had a reply with the missing scheme attached and the best wishes for the new year!