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No Ceiling, No Walls: What women haven't been told about leadership from career-start to the corporate boardroom Perfect Paperback – January 18, 2010
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"Women at all career levels must incorporate the ideas in this thoughtful book on leadership. The future depends on women acknowledging that there is nothing holding them back from succeeding in business." Vicki Donlan, author of HER TURN: Why It's Time for Women to Lead in America
"Colantuono s book provides thoughtful coaching to women leaders, whether experienced or new to the workforce. Her wise and practical advice is a must-read for individuals who are determined to reach the next level of their careers." Anne Szostak, President & CEO of Szostak Partners and former chairman and CEO Fleet Bank Rhode Island
"Informed by her extensive experience , Susan Colantuono offers a refreshingly keen, sophisticated analysis of what women need to do to become leaders. This is a must-read book for women - and men - who want more women in leadership positions in America." Evelyn Murphy, author of Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men and What To Do About It--Various
About the Author
Susan L. Colantuono is the CEO and Founder of Leading Women, founder of the Women's Institute for Leadership at Bryant University and author of No Ceiling, No Walls: What women haven't been told about leadership.
For over 20 years, she has specialized in leadership development solutions for leaders at all levels. Through coaching for leadership excellence, leadership team building and leadership development programs, Susan's clients have enhanced their business analysis, strategic thinking, visionary leadership and interpersonal skills and produced high impact results. Susan was recognized for her contributions in this area when Providence Business News named her Business Woman Ally/Mentor of the Year.
When asked what leadership is, Susan replies, "Leadership is about using the greatness in you to achieve and sustain extraordinary outcomes by engaging the greatness in others."
She has advised women leaders in organizations such as Amgen, MetLife, SAIC, the US Bureau of Land Management, Pfizer, Fidelity, Dow Chemical, CVS/Caremark and Marriott International how to use their strengths to leverage relationships, achieve strategic goals and lead for value creation. Her proprietary leadership framework and coaching process produce extraordinary outcomes. Her clients describe her as intuitive, practical, inspiring, trustworthy, creative and quick to understand organizational issues and opportunities.
Susan brings a unique blend of business savvy, creativity, experience and strategic thinking to her work. Susan has consulted to organizations and/or coached leaders in the manufacturing, petrochemical, hospitality, financial, telecommunications, high tech, professional services, higher education, not for profit, and healthcare sectors in addition to local, state and federal government agencies.
Susan is an engaging, dynamic and warm speaker who draws on her many years as a consultant to create unique and motivating speak-inarsTM -- a powerful blend of shared knowledge, wisdom and experience combined with illuminating interactive activities. She has presented before groups including the eScription Users Group, New England Human Resource Association, Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, the OD Network, Bryant University Women s Summit, Y Me? Breast Cancer Symposium at Yale University, Danbury Business Women s Forum, Westerly Hospital s WomenWise Conference CareLink Professional Development Series, the Executive s Group, Women in Construction, Brown University's Women in Academic Medicine, and the Hartford Insurance Group s Drive to Succeed Conference.
Susan's former positions include Founding Partner of The DELTECH Group, VP of Media Education for Markus Communications, Partner in The Consulting Group of Washington and Founding Partner in DCG, Inc. She has played an active role as a volunteer leader for the Society for Human Resource Management where she has served as the State Director for the Rhode Island State Council of SHRM and as Director for Professional Development.
Susan is the author of two other books. Build Your Career -- a guide for using the job you have to get the job you want -- was featured in Money magazine and hailed as "a comprehensive guide for charting your career". Her Make Room for JOY! has been described as "heartware and software for the soul".
Susan works, writes, rides, practices yoga and raised her son on the Rhode Island shore. She loves her family, the South of France, horse camping in Yellowstone and Lindt Excellence 85% chocolate - not necessarily in that order.
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I have shared the author's website with many of my friends and colleagues because we all need to read this. My mindset on the job has been changed immediately because I realize that I contribute to the bottom line of my organization--whether or not I am made to feel so.
There is a statement about promotion not being a reward for personal performance. That really put things into perspective for me. (Aha moment!)
No Ceiling, No Walls has also helped me understand my superiors better. Some of them are totally from the school of "Compliance", which is a concept discussed in the book. Rather than share knowledge, they have the "gotcha" mentality and highlight only those things that are "wrong" with one's performance.
Ms. Colantuono, through your book, you are the mentor I never had.
The exercises and learning tools at the end reinforce each chapter's major take-away message. The online tools she provides on her website also add great value - self-assessments, surveys to obtain feedback from others, suggestions for further learning activities.
V. Jean Ramsey
Co-author of Reframing Change: How to Deal with Workplace Dynamics, Influence Others, and Bring People Together to Initiate Positive Change