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I Am Not Superwoman: Further Essays on Happier Living Paperback – June 29, 2010
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About the Author
Executive Coach, Career Strategist, author, speaker and teacher, Michele Woodward has the ability to help executives get clear about who they are and what they want to do — and develop a workable action plan to get where they want to go. Michele is a Master Certified Coach who has coached executives across the U.S. and around the world, from Japan and Australia to Latin America and Europe. She trains and mentors other coaches and is considered a “coach’s coach.” Before starting her consulting business, Michele was an executive with the Wexler Group, a leading lobbying and public affairs firm in Washington, DC. As Senior Vice President and registered lobbyist at the U.S. Congress, she advised corporate clients on political matters and developed effective campaigns to meet specific public policy, legislative or public relations objectives, integrating personal contacts, press relations, polling, coalition building and direct mail. Michele was Lead Press Advance in the Reagan White House, constructing some of the memorable photo opportunities of that presidency, and has been an advanceman for George H.W. Bush, Elizabeth Dole, Maureen Reagan, Dan Quayle and other public figures in the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 national presidential campaigns. She was also Director of Press Advance for Dole for President ’88, coordinating the national press on the campaign plane. Recently, she was honored to serve as Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission, a bipartisan, year-long effort appointed by President Obama. She was a principal organizer of the State Funeral of President Gerald R. Ford and previously organized the State Funeral of President Ronald Reagan, heading ticketing and staffing operations for all events in Washington, DC. Michele is a certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner, and is currently enrolled in their elite Master Practitioner certification program, which will put her in the top level of experts in this assessment globally. She is the author of I Am Not Superwoman: Further Essays on Happier Living and Lose Weight, Find Love, De-Clutter & Save Money: Essays on Happier Living, both available at Amazon.com. She’s a sought-after speaker, leads workshops and classes around the country, and writes a popular blog. Coaching Specialties: • Growing leadership skills • Improving communication • Managing effectively • Organization and efficiency • Dealing with difficult people • Creating career strategies • Addressing burnout
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Michele gets it. She understands that, while it is seldom spoken of, we all aspire to a greatness which hides our faults. She espouses a different greatness, one which exalts our strengths while acknowledging our weaknesses. Not Superwoman or Superman, just the happiest, most-fulfilled "us" we can be, and we get there by doing lots of what we love to do.
Here's the thing: Michele's version of great is sustainable. Any attainments built on a false impression are not. Michele's concepts are life-fulfilling and energizing. Coming from an invented persona is depleting and depressing. Pretty clear choice!
She includes essays on the Important, the Mundane, and the mundane things which turn out to be vitally important. What I love about this collection are the many ways of connection which are offered the reader. Different people will discover their own "Aha!" moment in different places within the covers of the book.
For me, the essays which address the topic of getting unstuck--and there are half a dozen which touch on this to a greater or lesser degree--proved to be the most helpful.
Still, the overarching message, and what I wish to close my little review by focusing on, is that fear is not where we must stop, but a road marker we can note as we fly right past it. Love is the destination, the fuel for the vehicle, and the connecting bond with all those close to us.
When we learn to become aware of how fear is controlling our decisions, we can face the fear which underlies the made-up nonsense we pretend is our justification, walk toward it to see its true, scaredy-cat nature, and become enamored with Love as fear's replacement in our lives. When we start in a place filled with Love, our choices are easier, less complicated, more powerful in moving us forward, and we can provision a happy life for ourselves and for those we come into contact with.
And, while this is not something Ms Woodward directly addresses, when I become happier and more fulfilled, I provide unspoken permission for anyone who sees or knows me to do the same. This is how things get better for all of us: one happy person at a time, influencing others to reach for that state by letting go of fear and becoming Love.
I heartily recommend Michele Woodward's book!
Every week, Michele publishes blog posts about finding a job, transforming your career, finding your authentic voice and listening to it, beliefs, finding meaning, purpose, personal growth ... you get the idea. Although she calls herself a Career Strategist, she is much more. So, when she announced her latest book "I am not Superwoman" had been published, I was psyched.
A book of bite-sized nuggets of wisdom couldn't have come to me at a better time. I'm in the midst of personal transition. I recently relocated to Georgia from Tennessee, my youngest child is leaving for college next week, my husband and I downsized from our house to a small apartment, and I need to figure out a way to bring in coin while I start my own life coaching training and practice. If anyone could use advice from a master life coach, it's me. When my copy arrived, I picked it up, flipped through the pages and let providence decide where I landed. I stopped at "Finding a Job 2.0", which was exactly what I needed at the moment. It offers tactics to finding open job positions and getting interviews.
The next day, I read "The Expectations of Others" and realized I often determine my own success based on what I believe my husband, former colleagues, or family and friends expect of me. Other stand-out essays include "Finally Un-stuck", "When Your Job is a Soul-Sucking Hellhole," and "Money Changes Everything."
I've read more than half of Michele's essays, so far. Some days I need her advice more than others, so I keep "I am not Superwoman" close at hand, just in case a dose of sage advice is in order. Like right now. I just flipped through the book and found the essay "Your Hidden Treasure."
Just what I needed.
Those who are familiar with Michele's career achievements and the happy home life she has fashioned for herself, might see an irony in the claim she makes in the book's title. In fact, although she would say otherwise, it is possible that Michele actually can leap tall buildings in a single bound--and has. Regardless, Michele's writing is aimed at persuading the rest of us that our lives have value, over and above the external things we acquire and the successes we accomplish. And she makes us listen by writing words that comfort and ring true.
I recently had the opportunity on Women Are Not Funny Radio to interview Michele about her book and raised my concern that potential readers might get the wrong idea--particularly from the title. That potential readers might think she was advocating under achievement. That she was advocating "throwing in the towel."
But she explained that instead her approach was more about advocating personal growth through self-acceptance. Here is what Michele said, "The whole point of 'I Am Not Superwoman' is that it's great to not have to appear to be perfect. It's great to kind of revel in your imperfection because that is really where creativity lies, and that's really where openness is, and that's where the promise of real growth is."
I recommend this book unreservedly.
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