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Product Details

  • Series: BK Business
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (June 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609946367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609946364
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite her impressive career, Roché, former CEO of Girls Inc. and the first African-American vice-president of Avon Products, turns out to be an overachiever plagued by self-doubt. She refers to this condition, common to many executives, as “impostor syndrome.” She shares stories from her own and others’ lives (including interviews with BET Networks chairman Debra Lee, and Ed Whitacre, former chairman and CEO of GM) to show that these feelings are not unique and to help readers, especially women and minorities, embrace their successes. She encourages readers to understand their fear, clarify values, and build connections with those who share those values, and to get centered in oneself. While Roché focuses on “imposter syndrome” in the workplace, her subtle lessons are equally helpful outside the office. She provides a useful “Imposter Phenomenon Test” that is readily applicable to both work and personal life. Because Roché is so adept at using experience as a model and teaching tool, her advice is a much softer sell, and more convincing and relatable, than that which is provided by experts in most career guides. Readers will find Roché’s lessons valuable on both personal and professional fronts. (June)
—Publisher's Weekly

Joyce M. Roché opens The Empress Has No Clothes with several key questions from Dr. Pauline Rose Clance’s Imposter Test, as in “Sometimes I’m afraid others will discover how much knowledge or ability I really lack” (answer with degrees of not all true to very true). If “very true” resonates with you, then this is your book.The accomplished Roché weaves her stellar education and accomplishments in the corporate world in this memoir-based book while prefacing the underlying issues so many readers, especially women, experience as they try to move upward in their careers. Issues such as: race, self-doubt, age, “Girl in a Man’s World,” more to prove, and listening to your heart are addressed by Roché as she shares her experience, strength, and hope. Every reader will glean encouragement from the simple, down-to-earth, hard-working tone of The Empress Has No Clothes and begin to take bigger steps forward to embrace the success they deserve.
—Allyson Gracie, Wellness Specialist, Pilates & Yoga Instructor, Retailing Insight

“The impostor syndrome is all too common among highly successful people—and until now a closely guarded secret! Joyce Roché’s insights will make success at each stage of our life and career a more joyful experience for those of us—such as me—who have felt this insecurity.”
—Rick Goings, Chairman and CEO, Tupperware Brands Corporation

“Whether you are just starting your career or are nearing its pinnacle, this book will do more than help you navigate effectively; it will help you enjoy the journey.”
—Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., President and CEO, Black Enterprise

“This is a book that is so needed by women—especially younger women. [It] offers hope, guidance, and gentle mentorship to all of us who have ever confronted the fear of not measuring up.”
—Rosina L. Racioppi, President and CEO, Women Unlimited, Inc.

“Silence and isolation are the hallmarks of the impostor syndrome. Joyce’s courage in speaking out will be tremendously helpful to all those who have ever experienced these feelings by letting them know that they are not alone.”
—Pauline Rose Clance, PhD, psychotherapist who, with Suzanne Imes, PhD, first identified the impostor syndrome

About the Author

Joyce M. Roché currently sits on the boards of four Fortune 500 companies as well as several nonprofits. She received the Legacy Award at the 2006 Women of Power Summit of Black Enterprise Magazine.

Alexander Kopelman has written or cowritten ten books.

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I highly recommend anyone starting his/her career, midway through your career or at the pinnacle of your career to read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carolyn powell on July 2, 2013
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There is nothing like being in good company. I couldn't wait for Joyce to complete the book because she'd be telling MY story as well. All the personal views included helped to inform how very successful women AND men pushed past the self-doubts and embraced their success! I highly recommend this book, and have already gifted it to some special "emerging" leaders. Ms. Roche, you are my s/hero!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Meuleman on July 1, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not only its open and honest discussion of the "imposter syndrome", an area of self doubt faced by many, but because of Joyce's remarkable personal story. The book is very readable and enjoyable. Not only is it a relevant read for those well into their careers, but I highly recommend it for young people just starting their careers. It is a perfect graduation gift!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D, Glaudé on May 28, 2013
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I congratulate you, Joyce, on your "rise to the top"! You made your successful years in Corporate America appear as if it were the results of a few sacrifices and hard work. The inside look at the challenges you faced while making history were surprising. Joyce, in addition to your experience, it was amazing to read about some many different successful women whose experiences were similar. I highly recommend anyone starting his/her career, midway through your career or at the pinnacle of your career to read this book. It offers sound advice on issues that could impact your success! The Empress Has No Clothes has inspired me to recognize my achievements and to enjoy success when it comes. Thanks, Joyce!The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Brumit Kropf on May 28, 2013
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I definitely recommend this book! It is a highly-readable book that shares Joyce's extraordinary personal story, combined with accessible information from the research about this psychological experience and compelling, deeply-personal interviews with other remarkable leaders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonya on January 4, 2014
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As I read this book, I felt like someone was reading my thoughts. Understanding that my drive to do more was only fueling the negative spiral, has helped me on a road to recovery. Thank you Mrs. Roche and all of your contributors for freely sharing. There is a peace that comes from knowing you are not alone -- truly we overcome by the testimonies of others. Great book for anyone who struggles with accepting they are awesome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DebS on August 25, 2013
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This Is an incredibly thought-provoking book, written in a very readable style. It has much of the authors life, which is at times wonderfully personal and at times perhaps self-indulgent, but as a whole is worth the time invested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cathy coughlin on July 8, 2013
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I thought I was picking up a "business" book and what I found was a book chock-full of life lessons. Ms. Roche generously shares her own amazing story and the stories of some of her mentors and colleagues to drive home these life lessons. The Empress Has No Clothes is one of the most authentically written books I have read - I highly recommend it - for business and for life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E S Sigg on July 1, 2013
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If I had read this book much earlier I would have enjoyed my success, rather than doubting it. This is one of those rare personal growth topics for which advice, rather than just aging into my own wisdom, would have made a difference.

The Empress is a unique weave of a very personal memoir, insights about the insecurities that we all share, and practical advice for moving forward with confidence. I have purchased the book for my adult nieces and nephews, with the hope that they will take risks, stretch, and grow - with joy, zest and power!
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