- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; First Edition edition (April 10, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316440124
- ISBN-13: 978-0316440127
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Sally and Marshall give new meaning to the term 'dream team.' Together they have produced a masterpiece, an over-the-moon but magnificently down-to-earth leadership book for the ages."―Tom Peters, bestselling author of In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies
"A myth-busting "how to" for the next generation of women leaders, and those who want to see them succeed. These ideas will transform our workplaces, our careers, and our lives."―Rita McGrath, professor at Columbia Business School and a Thinkers50 Top Ten Business Thinker
"Women suffer from gender bias and when they rise further, also from the general difficulties of leadership. When women approach the top of organizations, they can also bring their own strengths that may unfairly be seen as weaknesses. Sally Helgesen's expertise and Marshall Goldsmith's wisdom bring these insights to light, so that women and men and can do better together at reaching their goals for us all to move forward. This is a powerful and timely book."―Dr. Anthony Marx, President, New York Public Library
"Women leaders will be driving forces in twenty-first century organizations. Practically and persuasively, Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith map out how this can and must happen."―Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, Founders of Thinkers50
"How Women Rise is a great read for any woman who wants to identify self-defeating behaviors that are holding her back, gain insight into why she engages in those behaviors, and develop skills to confidently achieve her goals."―Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office and See Jane Lead
"The most powerful thing you can do for your career is to change what's in your control. Together, Marshall and Sally help women understand what they can change about their own behavior today to make greater contributions tomorrow. How Women Rise is a how-to guide for any woman seeking her next success."―Deanna Mulligan, CEO, Guardian Life
"Many of the behaviors most prized in women socially are exactly the same behaviors that hold them back professionally. That paradox provokes huge amounts of conflict, anger, pain and frustration at work. But Sally and Marshall are here to help: identifying how and when to reconcile competing demands and motivators, without losing their identity, professionalism or power."―Margaret Heffernan, CEO and author of Willful Blindness
"Pick up this book. Scan the 12 habits. Circle the top three that make you say 'that's me!' Read those chapters, commit to one of the suggestions, and you're on your way. The authors know their material!"―Beverly Kaye, founder of Career Systems International and co-author of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay
"Women who seek to rise, take note! This is your essential go-to guide. Also highly recommended for men who work with, for, or around women."―Liz Smith, CEO, Bloomin' Brands
"This is a must read for women aiming to get to the next level in their careers. It gives insights into challenges and practical tools to address them."―Michelle R. Clayman, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, New Amsterdam Partners and Chair, Advisory Council, of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University
About the Author
Sally Helgesen's work is widely regarded as the gold standard when it comes to women's leadership. Since the publication of The Female Advantage in 1990 (still in print), she has written five more books in the field and speaks to audiences all around the world about these issues. Clients have included Microsoft, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Prudential Financial, Pfizer, Textron, Hewlett Packard, The World Bank, and dozens more. She has led seminars at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College, and her work has been featured in Fortune, The New York Times, Fast Company, and Business Week. She lives in Chatham, New York.
Marshall Goldsmith is America's preeminent executive coach. Marshall's What Got You Here and Triggers are both ranked by Amazon in the Top 100 Best Books of all time in the leadership and success category. What Got You Here, Triggers, and MOJO were all The New York Times best-sellers and Triggers hit #1 on The Wall Street Journal's best-seller list and was chosen by Amazon as the Best Business Book of the year when it was published in 2015. What Got You Here won the Harold Longman Award for the Best Business Book of the year.
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Sally Helgesen’s book, The Female Advantage, was read in 1996, my first year as an entrepreneurial organizational development specialist. I had not read many, if any leadership books penned by women in the ten years that preceded Sally’s book, and the title intrigued me. I read Marshall’s book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, in 2007; it was so good that I purchased Triggers shortly after it was published. That book helped me significantly with changing a number of interpersonal behaviors, which I still have to monitor.
Leadership, the development of individuals and teams toward their perpetual effectiveness and performance potentials, is obviously not a one-gender issue. Most large organizations in the 1960s through 1980s thought so, as the management teams were predominantly male-oriented. As a soft-skills, content developer and classroom facilitator/trainer, I wanted to utilize every possible concept, resource, and idea that would resonate with learners and empower them to help their direct reports become confident, self-motivated, task-effective performers.
I would say that How Women Rise is a solidly reliable resource for helping others, not just women, identify, then deal with the habits/default behaviors that might currently be holding them back. The book is VERY interesting!! While I chose to read the book sequentially, another reader might choose to review the twelve habits that block effectiveness, then investigate the few habit-chapters that seem to be most like them.
The case study examples given in the book are specific, concise, and illustrate how the individuals are initially and negatively impacted by their then current blind spots. The individuals share how their less-than-effective performances impacted their relationships with their bosses and show how they eventually chose to respond more effectively to overcome those situations and significantly improve those relationships, gaining confidence and performance-momentum in the process.
Before I typed this line, I went back into the book and read habit 11, Ruminating. Ruminators live in the past, and they are the predominant Kierseyian temperament (SJ) in organizations. They dwell on the past, trying to mentally improve what (or who) went wrong. The authors do an noteworthy job of explaining how rumination is a waste of time and energy, and they offer solid suggestions for helping move beyond it! The same holds true for each of the other eleven habit-chapters.
This book would seem appropriate for use in undergraduate programs of all types. Why not identify and address habits that are probably already at work, as one approaches his or her studies, life, etc.?
Finally, personality type theory suggests that Thinkers make their decisions objectively, based upon logic, facts, and truth, while Feelers make their decisions subjectively, based upon values and impact upon people. Two-thirds of the men are Thinkers, and one-third are Feelers. Two-thirds of the women are Feelers, and one-third are Thinkers. I am one of those men who makes feelings-base decisions.
So, we have women who think like a man, and we have men who feel/make decisions like a woman. This may at least one reason why How Women Rise resonated with me. Kudos to Sally and Marshall for their most productive effort; it certainly fills a void that has been sorely needed!
For example, the authors point out that many women fail to promote their achievements whereas men are more assertive about self-promotion. In a perfect world, good work would speak for itself. In reality, good work often goes unnoticed. To help women overcome the tendency not to promote their good work, the authors provide helpful advice about how to go about it without becoming a shameless self-promoter. A few of the other counter-productive and frequently unrecognized habits they address include the tendency to ruminate rather than let go and move on, “too much” (words, emotion and disclosure), and failing to enlist allies from day one.
Read the book. You’ll be glad you did. I’ve purchased copies for both of my daughters and I’m confident they will be more effective, and more likely to rise in their vocations, after reading it.
Michael Lee Stallard, Author of "Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work" and "Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity, and Productivity."