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Women in High Gear: A Guide for Entrepreneurs, On-Rampers, and Aspiring Executives Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Men, if you want to get your business in high gear, too, get this book in your hands. First and foremost, it's about business and getting in gear and staying in gear!
Crossing gender divides, Amy and Anne show that leadership, trust, smarts, and hard work are still keys to business success! (They'll also give more than a few tips on creating a network and tapping a network to spark even greater success!)
Delighted to have their wisdom at hand!
The book tracks the two authors - both heads of their own independent PR agencies - through their hyper-active careers as mothers, entrepreneurs and social media mavens. It's loaded with handy-dandy tips and advice for women (and men), on how to live a fulfilling personal and professional life.
Both straight-shooting, tough-talking business women, Gallaher and Howell's easy-to-read book openly charts their careers confronting and overcoming business challenges with a positive, can-do attitude supported by smart ideas and better solutions.
There are lots of transferable leadership lessons to learn, and the book's chatty, informal attitude makes it useful and accessible to everyone ranging from newbie careerist to arriviste to Social CEO. A delightful #MUSTread for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Throughout the book, the authors deliver practical advice and don't beat around the bush in doing so. To achieve your business goals, you have to work for them; high gear typically is not associated with a 40 work week. While this advice seems obvious, I found it reassuring to hear that hard work generally pays off and very few float to the top with little efforts.
The authors also tackle pressures that typically impact women in particular such as work/life balance and gender-specific styles of leadership. In the chapter, "Emotional Resilience," the authors stress developing a thicker skin. This means that aspiring leaders should place a greater priority on being respected, rather than being liked - a mindset that many of the people, particularly women, I know struggle with in decision making. The authors also ask women to play to their strengths of intuition. One story I enjoyed was when Ms. Howell was stuck in a meeting late in the afternoon that she could see was moving away from resolution. She took it upon herself to order cookies and coffee, which fueled the executives to finish up negotiations and stop picking on the nitty-gritty. Being a mother, she could spot the low blood sugar-induced crankiness and fix the problem.
The book concludes with a top 10 list from Ms. Gallaher, outlining strategies for developing your shift into high gear. While most of these tips discuss networking, work ethic, and the building of your brand, Ms. Gallaher makes sure to include that a successful person must also make time for living a "robust life" - a reminder that is refreshing to see in any career development manuscript.
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