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I Can't Believe She Did That!

Why Women Betray Other Women at Work

Nan Mooney

St. Martin's Press

I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT! offers a new and compelling perspective on conflict and competition among women in the workplace. Nan Mooney explores how and why some women hurt each other on the job, and what we can do to begin cleaning up the mess. Based on real stories from real women, I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT! provides a provocative social and cultural exploration of the often troubled and painful dynamics that unfold among female coworkers.

 

The massive influx of women into the workplace in the past thirty years means a whole new category of problems has arisen. Suddenly women are working over, under and alongside other women. Their professional relationships are subject to the pressures and conflicts of organizational culture, not to mention society at large. Women on the job have grown more comfortable with ambition, competition, management and success, but that hasn’t negated the value they place on communication and relationships, on being liked and being nice. Striking a balance between these two selves is a delicate undertaking and many women are uncertain how to interact in a workplace where such lines are regularly being blurred.

 

Working together, women have fostered a breathtaking degree of positive change. But there is another side to the story. If women are to continue moving forward, the time has come to examine — honestly and unequivocally — our very human impulse to compete with, hurt and even destroy one another to get what we want. In I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT! Nan Mooney provides vivid insights on the emotional toll competition can take on women in business and charts a path towards more productive and fulfilling relationships for professional women everywhere.


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Praise for I Can't Believe She Did That!

"No one has taught us women how to interact with each other in the competitive world of office politics, and as a result we often botch things up. But thanks to Nan Mooney's thoughtful guidance, we can become comfortable with conflict and competition in our professional relationships...so that we can all succeed with grace and without guilt.”— Leora Tanenbaum, author of CATFIGHT : Rivalries Among Women—From Diets to Dating, From the Boardroom to the Delivery Room

"Nan Mooney's I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT! is unafraid to focus productively upon the "dark" or often hidden side of sisterhood in the workplace. Her approach is matter-of-fact, practical, and easy to understand. Acknowledging and satisfying one's competitive drives and one's desire for intimacy are difficult issues to resolve. Read this book. It will help you in your relationships with other women, both at work and everywhere else."--Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D Author of Woman's Inhumanity to Woman and The Death of Feminism: What's Next in the Struggle for Women's Freedom

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Nan Mooney

  • Nan Mooney grew up in Seattle and graduated from Scripps College in California. Her work has appeared in, among others, THE WASHINGTON POST, Slate.com, THE SEATTLE WEEKLY and THE BLOOD-HORSE. She is the author of MY RACING HEART: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track. She lives in New York City.
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I Can't Believe She Did That!

Why Women Betray Other Women at Work

Nan Mooney

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St. Martin's Press

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