Keys to the Corner Office

Success Strategies for Women by Women

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
354 Pages
Reviewed on 06/04/2014
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Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite

Keys to the Corner Office: Success Strategies for Women by Women by Rhonda F. Rhyne is the perfect how-to book for any aspiring female executive. Organized into five parts with sixty chapters, the practical manual provides the proven strategies and a road map for achieving career advancement. The book starts with a brief history of some of the most recent advances in the workplace for women’s equality, but the overall focus is more on what women can do now to improve their chances of breaking through “the glass ceiling.” It all starts with a positive self-image, dressing the part and creating a brand identity. Then areas are explored such as how to land the job, networking, the importance of communication, confidence in public speaking and keeping life in balance. In the back of the manual is an extensive suggested reading list.

Rhonda F. Rhyne shares her own personal experiences that help lend wisdom to the most common situations that women encounter in a male-dominated workplace. As a professional life-coach, she empowers women to live a well-rounded life where 40% of their time will be spent on career functions. Beyond the basic management and leadership topics, she offers examples of how to say no in a positive way, how to appear strong without being a “dragon lady,” and surviving gender-bias and double standards. This book is both motivating and inspiring, taking in the big picture of a 19% disparity between the sexes, but provides a clear-cut path to holding the keys to the corner office.

Samantha Rivera

Keys to the Corner Office: Success Strategies for Women by Women is a book for women, by women. It’s written by Rhonda Rhyne, who has succeeded at becoming a CEO. She has managed to come out on top in a world where men rule the vast majority of companies globally. She has also been able to achieve more than most women could ever imagine. Throughout the course of this book, she will provide information to women of all ages who are looking to achieve the same level of success that she has without having to do it all on their own.

If you’re looking to become a force to be reckoned with in the corporate world, then you definitely need this book. This is great for women because it will help you to better understand yourself and create a new persona. There are tasks and questions in each chapter and they’re geared to help you only in the areas you need. You can find the information you want without having to read straight through; skip around to get the information that you need. I loved how much I learned from this about myself and about my skills. I was able to learn more to get me on the road to success than I could any other way. Keys to the Corner Office is definitely something I will refer back to in the future as I continue on my path to become a CEO myself. The world is changing out there and women can have more opportunities than ever before.

Teodora Totorean

Keys to the Corner Office: Success Strategies for Women by Women by Rhonda Rhyne is a thorough and informative manual for career women on how to succeed in a man’s world. More and more women have full time careers they are good at, but society expects them to step down in order to dedicate more time to their families. This book is a breath of fresh air, teaching women how to balance career and family, and the do’s and don’ts of the corporate world. From how to adopt the right attitude at work, how to climb the career ladder and how to be good leaders, to practical advice on dress code, the right tone of the voice or how to keep personal life and work separate, the author equips women with the necessary knowledge in order to become exemplary in their chosen fields. The book also covers aspects like how to work effectively in a team, how to find the right employees, how to be a good coach and how to take credit for your achievements.

I found Keys to the Corner Office by Rhonda Rhyne useful for career women who want to succeed in the corporate and business world. Clearly written in well organized chapters, the book can be consulted at any time when certain issues may occur and you want to learn how to deal with them. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the main differences between men and women and how these translate in a work environment. I also liked the chapter in which Rhyne teaches women how not to undermine their performance and success and how to value themselves. In fact, the entire book is packed with practical examples and easy to implement advice and suggestions that will make every woman’s professional journey much easier to navigate. With the right skills, attitude and approach, women can be successful in their careers and thrive among men.

Mamta Madhavan

Keys to the Corner Office: Success Strategies for Women by Women by Ms. Rhonda F. Rhyne is the perfect book for career development. The book speaks about skills development, strategic planning techniques and management, and can help women chalk out a successful career. The book is divided into five sections which are really helpful for women to plan their career strategies and be successful. Rhonda Rhyne also speaks about her career moves, the challenges she faced and the strategies she followed to arrive in her current position. The insightful tips and practical advice make the book a worthwhile read.

A compelling read, the book is motivating and works as a guide in helping women take their career to the next level. The empowering advice given by the author will help readers to make the much-required changes in their career. The book motivates and inspires readers to take action and believe in themselves. The advice on how to apply one's leadership skills in an intelligent manner that brings fruitful results is one of the good tips in the book. The importance of strategy and development in managing a successful career is also discussed here. The author's personal experiences and rise in her career make the book personal and palpable to readers and they will find it easy to connect. It is a good guidebook for achievement and successful careers. The key action tips given to enhance ongoing career management and development also prove to be very useful.

Faridah Nassozi

A lot of progress has been made in the fight to establish equality in the work place as more and more women get into management positions and begin earning better money. However, there is still a big gap that needs to be closed, especially at the senior management levels. Through her book Keys to the Corner Office: Success Strategies for Women by Women, Rhonda Rhyne aims to push women a step further towards closing this gap by equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as a woman in today's dynamic corporate world. Her advice ranges from topics like personal branding, networking, workplace sexual harassment, negotiating for better pay, knowing your worth, work-life balance, hooking the job of your dreams, developing leadership and management skills, and everything in between.

Rhonda Rhyne covers everything today's corporate woman needs to know so she is better prepared to take on the challenges of today's corporate world, without missing out on the other important things in her life. The way Rhonda Rhyne puts her points across is simply incredible, turning her book into more than just a business self-help book for women. It is an inspiration for all women to go out and chase their dreams, and do so on their own terms. The advice in Keys to the Corner Office is deep and yet very easy to relate to real-life circumstances. The book would be a valuable read for any women out there trying to make it to the top of the corporate ladder or those that have made it and want advice on how to stay on top of their game.