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Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women Hardcover – 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780670920815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670920815
  • ASIN: 0670920819
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,016,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This review is being written from the perspective of someone who has worked with women, for women, and (later in life) as an employer of women, some of whom became very successful in their careers and some of whom had a more difficult time climbing the proverbial ladder of success. As I will describe in a moment, the advice is fascinating, and I recommend this book for professional and career women of all ages.

The authors are "Mrs. Moneypenny with Heather McGregor." Mrs. Moneypenny (not to be confused with Miss Moneypenny, the secretary for James Bond's boss, M) is the pseudonym used by a Financial Times columnist who has written on women's topics for 12 years. She runs her own successful business, is married and has three children. McGregor is a leading London headhunter, has three academic degrees, teaches from time to time at the prestigious London Business School and the Cass Business School, and chairs Career Academies UK, an educational charity. Importantly, nobody has ever seen Mrs. Moneypenny and Dr. McGregor at the same place at the same time. In short, we have a very well qualified and successful author.

This book is well written, easy to read, and incorporates a no-nonsense approach that the reader will likely find to be effective and even inspiring. It is substantive, yet you will likely find it hard to put down. It makes use of many years of the author's observations and experience. With a few of clarifying comments here and there, here's how the main part of the book is organized:

1. What You Know. Qualifications matter, because they give you confidence, act as an independent testimony to your capabilities, and provide you with important links to others.

2. Who You Know.
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Let me first start by saying that I normally read two or three books at a time and that although I have a kindle and an Ipad, I love the thrill of turning paper pages. With that said, I will comment on Sharpen Your Heels (SYH). I stumbled on this book after reading a Mrs. Moneypenny article in the Weekend FT. I must confess that I mostly read the FT Weekend and I focus on Lunch with the FT and Mrs. Moneypenny. After reading SYH, I am now better able to read the rest of the FT newspaper (Mrs M would be proud of me).

This book is excellent. I got it a week ago and besides going to work and fraternizing in the evenings, I did not put it down until nine days later when I was finished. Dr. McGregor has managed to put all the things a woman of any age and century, but in particular, this century, needs to know about excelling in the professional world. It is not just for the traditional business woman, it is for any woman (at any age) who needs to equip herself in order to achieve significance and success.

Dr. H. is very frank in telling us women that you cannot have it all and that you need a team. She gives practical and doable tips for managing your professional life while putting in place boundaries and rules to protect your family life. When reading this book, I truly believe that I am being mentored by someone who has collected all her life experiences and shared it with me.

I am thankful that Dr. H took out of her busy schedule to pen this book. It will become one of my birthday and Christmas gifts for the dearest women in my life.
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If you just exist at your job, you do what is asked and you are physically present 8-5 but you wonder why after having done everything that is asked or expected, you are not being promoted or rewarded, then this book is definitely for you.

I recommend this to all women. These are best practices that are as important as your job. In today's business world, being good at your work is not good enough, you are playing a game and you need to be good at every aspect of your game. This book will definitely add to your basket of skills and help you make the leap from ordinary to "How did she know to do that" or "How did she do it, I wish I knew"
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Best book, does what it says on the cover. It's mainly targeted to women who want to be in the business world, but there are lots of general tips for any career including academia (like "your hair matters") and she justifies every single one of them with facts and experience.
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This marvelous careers advice book is aimed at women (it says so in the title of course!) but if you are a man - or if you know a man - who is standing at the bottom of the greasy pole looking up, or stalled, clinging on at the halfway mark, then recommend him this. Maybe advise him to buy the Kindle edition, so no-one will see he's reading it - after all, as Mrs Moneypenny points out, image is important. She herself, she reports, is often seen carrying a copy of the London Financial Times rolled under her arm, thus demonstrating she is a business-like person.

I feel slightly ashamed to admit I'm not a regular reader of the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist or any other high end financial paper. Neither do I work for a bank or possess a degree in accounting (Mrs Moneypenny is currently studying for one and somewhat regrets she didn't do this earlier in life but personally, I couldn't imagine a duller way to spend my time). I haven't attended the World Economic Forum in Switzerland (as yet) or ever been invited to a game shooting party at an English country house, both of which Mrs Moneypenny recommends as a fine means to improve one's network of contacts and oil the wheels of business. Nonetheless, I rather enjoyed reading about this high-flying, megabucks world, which is testament to Mrs Moneypenny's humorous style, so finely honed over a number of years in her Financial Times column of the same name.
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