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Success Is A Side Effect: Leadership, Relationships, and Selective Amnesia Paperback – June 8, 2014
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High-energy positivity comes right off the page in this guide, which is intended to help women of all ages with their personal and professional lives...."Fake it 'til you make it" and "Don't make excuses; make changes" -- don't sound shopworn coming from (Anderson). Even her intimate disclosures about battling cancer can't dampen the book's contagiously enthusiastic tone. This is a book for anybody looking for an upbeat approach to a happier life.
-Publishers Weekly (BookLife)
From the Inside Flap
Are you enough?
Are you kind enough? Assertive enough? Pretty enough? Accomplished enough? Many women struggle with these questions every day. Ultimately, we are wondering if we have a meaningful existence, whether there is a point to the endless challenges in our personal and professional lives. We are encouraged to do "whatever it takes" to become a success. But what exactly does that mean? What is success?
Perhaps you're recalling the accomplishments of elite female leaders in corporate America such as Shonda Rhimes, executive producer, Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook, or Sara Blakely, founder and CEO of Spanx as examples of genuine change agents. If so, I challenge that restrictive "short list" and encourage you to reexamine your definition of success. Women currently hold about 4 percent of the Fortune 500 CEO positions. If only women in comparable positions define success, then 96 percent of us are unsuccessful, or we simply possess incalculable influence that doesn't make headlines 96 percent of the time.
Powerful female leaders are everywhere: running small businesses, fundraising for nonprofit organizations, inventing, competing, and raising families. The same strategies used for success, such as networking and managing human resources, are necessary to turn effort into positive outcomes regardless of one's title. Likewise, the same emotions, like disappointment and anxiety, accompany a bad assessment from your manager or your mother-in-law. Consider the fact that it costs up to a quarter of a million dollars to raise a child in the United States! If you have four children, that is potentially a million-dollar investment. It takes a fiscally responsible leader to manage financial resources and keep a budget balanced anywhere.
This book is for all the unheralded leaders who must survive, and even thrive, in a world where Cinderella's feet hurt and Sleeping Beauty gets fired for frequent tardiness. What I know for sure is that the women whom the world admires for their inner beauty, confidence, and competence were not born that way; they were forged. And in the process, they changed the lives of everyone around them.
We all have the potential, the duty, and the power to lead in our chosen fields. And, ultimately, the choices we make at each intersection of our personal journey, not the title on a business card, determine whether or not we are successful.
Are you enough?
Yes, you are more than enough.
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