So Much for Sisterhood
So am reading “The Art of War for Women” by Chin-ning Chu which is described in one of its jacket blurbs as “a must-read for working women who want to take a holistic, high-road approach to building their careers.”
Sign me up! Plus, there’s something about the whole workplace-as-battlefield metaphor that appeals to me. (What this says about me, I don’t know.) And I was curious to see why us little ladies need to have the original “Art of War” translated for us in the first place, what special insight would make the ancient wisdom of the original that much more relevant for today’s working woman.
Well, wonder no more. Surely any woman can identify with this spectacular piece of advice for dealing with “nasty, crablike creatures at work” from Chapter 7:
Slap her twice the first time she steps out of line. Keep your plan as dark as the night. When you move, be as unpredictable as the thunderbolt.
So I finally have permission to use physical force at the office? YES!
Oh…wait…I think “slap” was meant metaphorically. Damn. OK, but I can still do that “unpredictable as the thunderbolt” thing…not sure what that means, but I like the sound of it. Crabby co-workers, look out. I’m diggin’ this “high-road approach” to building my career! And there are still seven more chapters to go!