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Mean Girls at Work: How to Stay Professional When Things Get Personal by Kathi Elster, Katherine Crowley

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CHAPTER 6Doesn’t Know She’s Mean

We are now turning to a different category of women at work. These women differ from the other mean girls because their intentions are good; they are not out to harm anyone. Strong individuals who are ambitious and driven, these women express their opinions in ways that sometimes offend and occasionally infuriate others. They say and do things that they think will improve a situation, but they frequently alienate the women around them.

The last thing on the mind of a woman who doesn’t know she is mean is to insult someone or injure another woman. Yet, because of the power of her personality, such a woman tends to say and do things that shock and surprise the women around her. If you’re on the receiving end when ...

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