The Discreet Guide for Executive Women

  • by Jennifer K. Crittenden
  • Narrated by Jennifer K. Crittenden
  • 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Inspired to extend a helping hand to ambitious women working in corporate America, a veteran executive offers honest, practical, slightly irreverent advice about navigating companies that are run and populated predominately by men: how to interpret their sometimes surprising behavior, avoid common mistakes, flourish with the good guys, deal with the bad guys, and nurture a wonderful, satisfying career in a non-traditional role.
Learn how to:


Build relationships with men one-on-one, in meetings, and after hours
Work a difficult room full of men and shine in the eyes of your male managers
Identify gentlemen, bullies, liars, and predators
Detect a glass ceiling and sidestep a misogynist backlash
Get noticed for your courage and common sense and be heard
Avoid classic pitfalls related to conflict, emotional behavior, and sex

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What the Critics Say



2012 National Indie Excellence Award Winner in the Business-Motivational Category

"A guide for business women who find themselves in a position of power and want to create a harmonious environment in fields where misogyny often reigns. Vital reading for any woman who wants to navigate the toxic corporate culture, it is a fine and much recommended pick for career and women's studies collections." (Mary Cowper, Midwest Book Review)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Take parts, not all

Was The Discreet Guide for Executive Women worth the listening time?

Not for me, however im sure it would be for women in parts of the world where this is relevant.


Any additional comments?

Personally i found this book was quite irrelevant for my part of the world (Australia). The relationships between men and women that the author talks about is a bit outdated here. Although i am sure there may be some businesses where this stuff still goes on, perhaps in Sydney, however i personally have worked in the corporate world in Melbourne & QLD and have not experienced the level of "men VS women" to the extent that the author discusses (of course it's there, just not to the level discussed in the book). I didn't listen past about 20 minutes as i really took nothing from it. Again, this is not to say the author is wrong or didn't do a great job - just wasn't helpful to me.

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- Sarah

Insightful read

Where does The Discreet Guide for Executive Women rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

one of the best I've read


Who was your favorite character and why?

Jennifer knows what she is talking about.


What does Jennifer K. Crittenden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

real-life examples that are easy to relate to


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- Kasey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-16-2012
  • Publisher: Jennifer K. Crittenden