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Women at the Top: Powerful Leaders Tell Us How to Combine Work and Family Hardcover – October 6, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1405171052 ISBN-10: 1405171057 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (October 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405171057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405171052
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book provides a nice balance of first-person accounts and summaries of up-to-date scholarly research
from a variety of disciplines. It is written in an accessible style, conveying scientific findings in a engaging and easy to understand format that should appeal to a wide audience interested in women's leadership, including women leaders and aspiring women leaders, and policy makers committed to advancing women's career opportunities." (Zentralblatt Math, 19 February 2010)

"Psychologists Diane Halpern and Fanny Cheung focus on one particular obstacle to women’s advancement: the difficulty for women of combining a career with family. The book’s unique contribution lies with the stories of the women leaders and their varied strategies for combining career and family. Readers will likely feel inspired by the womens' successes ... . A number of the book’s recommendations ... have received strong empirical support ... . The book provides a nice balance of first-person accounts and summaries of up-to-date scholarly research from a variety of disciplines. It is written in an accessible style, conveying scientific findings in a engaging and easy to understand format that should appeal to a wide audience ... . Because the book is highly interdisciplinary, it could also be used as a supplemental text in graduate and undergraduate courses in management and organizational behavior, psychology and sociology of work or gender, and family studies. I can imagine that it would generate much discussion among students who believe that career-oriented women no longer have obstacles to overcome and that combining career and family is easy." (Sex Roles, February 2010)

“Halpern and Cheung conduct a cross-cultural analysis of the work-life dichotomy in order to illuminate social and cultural expectations for women, to compare policy and personal solutions, and ultimately to propose a strategic plan for navigating work-life demands.” (Journal of International Women's Studies, May 2009)

"There is much here for women looking to energise their professional and home life, renew their perspectives and optimise their competencies as leaders and managers." (Psychologist, April 2009)

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"Women at the Top offers remarkable insights into how women with family responsibilities have attained top positions. The women profiled in this book succeeded, despite encountering many challenges. Their routes to the top in the United States, China, and Hong Kong were shaped by differing cultural constraints. Yet creativity and thoughtful problem-solving helped all of these women to 'have it all.'"
Alice Eagly, Northwestern University; author of Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders

"We’ve come a long way! Women can have it all! This is a book about resilience and defying the odds. The authors have brought together diverse perspectives using women’s stories to create a new vision for women leaders—successfully combining work and family. No more guilt trips; mothers as role models and mentors are instrumental to their success."
Jean Lau Chin, EdD, ABPP, Dean and Professor, Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University

"This book is a refreshing blast against those who tell women ‘you can't have it all.’ Based on absorbing interviews with women at the top, the authors offer a wealth of advice for women who aspire to the "O" level - CEO, CFO, etc."
Stephanie Riger, Professor of Psychology and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

"Diane Halpern and Fanny Cheung bring us a well-researched, inspiring look at Women at the Top. These 62 women, from China, Hong Kong, and the US, are smart yet down to earth, committed yet compassionate, tough yet flexible, idealistic yet reasonable, admirable yet human, and simply downright likeable. They have had their share of highs and lows. Still, their lives give us reason to hope that women, indeed, can have it all."
Jean Lipman-Blumen, Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior, Peter F. Drucker & Matsatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, author of Connective Leadership: Managing in a Changing World and The Allure of Toxic Leaders

"Women at the Top is a well-written book that provides great reassurance and encouragement for women embarking on the duel tasks of balancing family life and professional ambitions. It offers a sound guide for women who aspire to flourish in both roles, and it will benefit the child, husband, family, company and society, as well. Valuable personal advice is woven into each chapter from high-achieving women who have successfully navigated integrating family life and career. These women leaders share their experiences, obstacles, and strategies, affording insights for fellow go-getters on the realities and possibilities of life at the top. This book is a sound guide for a balanced life that is not only manageable, but fully rewarding as well. Bravo to authors Diane Halpern and Fanny Cheung for this outstanding volume."
Florence L. Denmark, Robert Scott Pace Distinguished Research Professor at Pace University and Former President of the American Psychological Association


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on April 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We seldom have chance to look from behind the brightest women from all over the world. They are so brilliant in their own profession that we nearly forget their role in their own families, which also means so much to them. Their experience sharing throws light on those who strive for excellence in their profession and at the same time cherish so much their own families. The live cases demonstrate that women can be successful in both of the roles without sacrificing either one. They also demonstrate their road moving forward to success by overcoming the difficulties, obstacles and conflicts, which is not an easy task. The book is no doubt encouraging and inspiring to those working mothers, who may not be the women at the top, but who feel tired, wearisome and even guilty in the course to a dually successful life. It is an energy charger.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reader on March 7, 2009
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Those women who appear to have it all, success in their careers as well as their home lives, do so because they have developed strategies for making this happen. Outsourcing, integrating work and family time and eliminating cluttering activities, for example. In this book, the authors and their interviewees share many examples and personal experiences in a straightforward and entertaining read. Interestingly, the strategies are consistent across cultures. This is a must read for women with families who are at the top or who aspire to be there in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader on December 23, 2008
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This book examines the lives of about 60 women at the top of their professions, from chief executives at big corporations such as Old Navy/Gap and IBM, to chiefs of police, and even the Prime Minister of Canada and shows the strategies they used to balance work and life.
It was inspiring to read the stories of women from across the globe, particularly the incredible stories of women in China and Hong Kong. Plus the stories from American women such as Valerie Staub (ABC TV) and Sharon Allen (Deloitte & Touche) hit very close to home. In today's world, the message seems to be women can't have it all. This book illustrates how women can create meaningful home and work lives. It will give any woman encouragement and empowerment in her struggle to be dually successful. I learned a lot from this book. Did you know that in some states it is still legal to discriminate against mothers in hiring? Did you know that companies with more women at top management levels perform better? Do you know what the esential first step is in taking control of your time? Read this book and find the answers to successfully combining work and family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AY on March 27, 2012
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The book "Women at the Top" is solid and inspiring. It is a collection of mentors - about 60 women leaders from the US, Hong Kong and China who have walked (and are walking) their ways by integrating work and family into their lives - giving concrete advice and sharing their experiences. It contains cases of hardship and stories of success. From them, younger women are better informed of the challenges ahead of them and solutions/strategies that have and have not worked. I personally look forward to reading a follow-up book number two. It is a MUST-READ for women aspiring to be successful in both career and family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon on March 9, 2009
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A wonderful book. Manages to weave intensely interesting personal life stories with academic research. The reader learns not only how well-known women leaders were able to integrate work and family life but also how their approaches can be understood by reference to the work and family literature. Finally, a "self improvement" book that is research based and a page turner. The cross cultural comparisons are fascinating. Don't miss it.
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