- 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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Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women Hardcover – 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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"
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.Read more ›
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Book is pretty good, but the author is a little wordy and kind of wastes time on references about a few friendsPublished 1 month ago by Staci A.
I like that she uses examples of real women and how they have achieved success to drive her points home.Published 12 months ago by Ashley E Kratohvil
Great book. Gives you tips on how to stay current, network, and other creative ideas on how to keep yourself sharp at work. Recommended.Published on August 14, 2013 by Jazmine P
I love reading Mrs. Moneypenny in the FT. And I loved this book even more. It felt directed at women like me who, especially in this economy, have to start doing things... Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by BB
There's often an illusion that successful people didn't spend years working hard before they burst into our consciousness...that success can happen overnight. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Felicity, NYC
Although this book seems, at first, to be aimed at women climbing the corporate ladder, eyes fixed firmly on the top jobs, there is much in it that is invaluable to working women... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Toni Summers Hargis
Mrs Moneypenny provides great advice for women at various stages of their careers, with real action plans ...and a few laughs along the way. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Michelle from NYC