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ChatChat - Claudia Cragg

Apr 27, 2016

KGNU's Claudia Cragg talks here for the radio show/podcast 'It's The Economy' with Susan Packard, the co-founder of HGTV and the only female founding member of Scripps Networks. (Twitter: @PackardSusan)

Women in the workforce have heard it all: Lean in, lean out, be bossy, be passive, separate work and home life…the conflicting guidance can be dizzying. So, Packard has simplified the rules. In NEW RULES OF THE GAME: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace (Prentice Hall Press/Penguin, February 2014).

In this, she uses her thirty years of experience - from 'secretary' to Executive VP - to give women an encouraging and achievable strategy for accomplishing workplace goals: gamesmanship.

Packard says that she has realized what’s really important in corporate America: to her, it is learning a man's rules for grit and gamesmanship and then outplaying them. It's not about platitudes or appearances, but rather utilizing the strategic thinking regularly found in sports and video games that men typically excel in to develop creativity, focus, optimism, teamwork and ultimately success.  

However, her advice applies NOT ONLY to women. Men, millennials and even children, have a lot to learn from what she has to say.