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Career GPS: Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate Landscape Hardcover – February 9, 2010

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Bell, a business professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck business school, looks back over her own journey from a working-class family in the Bronx to offer basic advice on how women of whatever background can advance themselves in the business world. Her book is aimed at women in various stages of their careers: just starting off, in midcareer, returning after raising children, or recovering from job loss. She begins by advising women to develop self-knowledge, firmly understand what they want from their careers, realize what they have to offer, and recognize the importance of bringing the total self into the job rather than compartmentalizing their work and personal lives. She goes on to offer advice on developing a career strategy: finding mentors and recruiters, business and social networking, maintaining a global perspective and techno-savviness, and forging a balance between work and family life. Bell intersperses her advice with vignettes of her experiences as a business consultant and professor. Engaging and sound advice for women looking to advance their careers in business. --Vanessa Bush


“Career GPS is a must-read. It will serve as the business coach you always wanted, offering timely advice on everything from landing a plum position to getting rewarded for a task welldone. ” (Essence)

“[Bell] lays out strategies to help women maneuver their way to the top. . . . [She] also offers intriguing advice.” (Charlotte Observer)

“Career GPS serves as the business coach you never had but always wanted. From getting the job you want to getting noticed for the job you’ve done, you’ll find tangible tips for winning in the new world of work.” (Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office and See Jane Lead)

“Dr. Ella Bell and Linda Villarosa offer valuable advice about how to successfully compete on a global playing field, cultivate leadership, and manage your whole self. This book is a great add to any woman’s professional tool chest.” (Carla Harris, author of Expect To Win)

“If you are a woman who wants to get to the top of the house, you must read this book. Career GPS provides a vital road map for how women can navigate their way to the C-suite in a rapidly changing workforce.” (Sylvia Ann Hewlett, economist and author, most recently, of Top Talent: Keeping Performance Up When Business Is Down)

“Dr. Bell simultaneously lifts the spirit and gives down-to-earth advice, exercises and examples for mastering corporate life without abandoning who you really are.” (Luke Visconti, Chief Executive Officer, DiversityInc)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061714380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061714382
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,709,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony Deblauwe on March 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The corporate landscape has changed over the last twenty years, but it's still challenging for many women to detach from old corporate mores that prevent them from career advancement. Career GPS seeks to highlight and educate women career seekers what's required to form and obtain the right career. The book provides an experiential approach and outlines what it takes to perform and think like an executive while not losing one's authentic self.

Dr. Bell walks the reader through her experiences - the good, the bad, and the ugly - that kept her from thinking she was worthy of advancement. Whether it was her background or preconceived notions of what success should be for a woman, she learned to recognize her worth, and she achieved tremendous success including becoming an Associate Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University. Her insight is woven into each chapter which takes a step-by-step view of how to craft a fulfilling career.

The book provides many stories to illustrate the highlights of each chapter as well as a chapter summary for key takeaways. In some cases the material may be basic for readers familiar with career search techniques (e.g. how to search online/career boards, social networking etiquette, winning the interview) but for someone who has not seen, heard, or read, all the career tools advice out there, this is a good overview. The real treasure of the book is Chapter 5 - Relationships.

Often people think that keeping your nose to the grindstone equates to getting noticed in the workplace. In fact, Bell points out practical advice she received when she was starting out, "Early in your career you're paid for what you do, later you're paid for whom you know." This truth is applicable to anyone not just women.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Colantuono on February 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm always looking for good advice on leadership and career development that's written by women for women. Career GPS by Ella L. J. Edmondson Bell fits the bill - especially for young women or women starting corporate careers.

As is often the case, Bell's guidance is focused on engaging the greatness in others and strengthening personal greatness with a heavy dose of career advice on topics including:

* Choosing a career path (including the question of whether an extreme career is right for you)
* Job search strategies for the 21st century
* The importance of global assignments
* Assessing the value of variious career moves

If you have a protege, daughter, friend, niece or colleague who is at career-start in her corporate career, this is a particularly valuable resource.

Susan Colantuono, author No Ceiling, No Walls
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ASexyBookWorm on October 14, 2010
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Trying to regain a career is tough after being a caregiver, especially when your original career goes overseas with the technology bubble in early 2000. Reading this book is like having my own career coach. The topics are relevant and the personal stories make me feel as though I am not the only one going through a career change. The road ahead is brighter now that I have a GPS to guide me.
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I have recommended this book to close friends and strangers, all of whom shared positive feedback on Ella Bell's sage guidance. Self-awareness is a key theme in this text. Professor Bell does a fantastic job of asking her readers to reflect on who they are, who they want to be, and who they should be. I appreciate how she shares her own journey of discovery with her readers. This text is a must-read for all career women, especially early career professionals. However, men can certainly benefit from this too!
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