Bitter about what business school didn’t teach you? You’re not alone. However, The Little Black Book Of Success: Laws of Leadership For Black Women by Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood and Rhonda Joy McLean, who currently hold leadership roles in companies like HBO and Time Inc., will fill in those critical gaps. These leading ladies have witnessed one too many times the self-sabotaging behaviors women have made in the workplace that keeps them from rising to the top of their fields. Provided are guidance, solutions, advice and little lessons that offer alternative ways and plays for unique situations often faced by women of color for succeeding and ulitmately leading.

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sections in each chapter highlight those actions like head swinging and finger pointing that hold women back, and how they can be avoided with smarter solutions for handling conflict and managing emotions.

Mamaisms are those tough love lessons you got from your mother that can be used to help advance you in the corporate sphere.

Here are a few of my favorite Mamaisms:

  • e-nun-ciate
  • Don’t put all your business in the streets.
  • Let people know the lights are on and somebody’s home.
  • Stop mumbling. Open your mouth and speak.
  • You already have the right to be here.
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