- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2015 edition (December 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1137476540
- ISBN-13: 978-1137476548
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Linda Rossetti's book opened my eyes to new and refreshing views of the challenges they face in transitions. As the CEO of an organization with a large percentage of women leaders, Linda's insights provide me with a whole new way of understanding what transitions mean.' -David Segal, President and CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan
"This is a wakeup call for women on the fast track of their career. Women & Transition brilliantly establishes that career transitions are more than the literal move from one position to another - it's equally about the psychological transition that occurs during this time. Rossetti establishes that transitions are especially important for career women to know about because there are factors - such as their view of themselves as caregivers, how society sees their capability versus men, and women's views of their own capabilities - that greatly influence HOW career women manage their transitions. ' -Beverly Edgehill, VP The TJX Companies, Inc., and former CEO and President of The Partnership, Inc.
"Chances are highly likely that we will all go through a transition sometime in our lives, either planned or unplanned. Linda Rossetti's book helps us navigate those transitions by giving us a better understanding of the process, our emotions, and how to redefine our new selves.' -Stephanie Sonnabend, former CEO and President, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, Co-founder and Chair 2020 Women on Boards
"As a recent 'retiree' following 30 years of military service, I faced an unfamiliar transition into the civilian world - work, academia and lifestyle. Transitions are a natural part of all our lives, and these passages are oftentimes difficult enough to 'survive' - let alone 'thrive.' Linda Rossetti's Women & Transition is a refreshing approach illustrating how to choose and reframe transitions in both our personal and professional lives. ' -Dana H. Born, PhD, Brigadier General, USAF Retired, Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
"Being in transition: That uncomfortable place, between here and there, where you're not sure where you fit in and where you're going. In Women & Transition Linda Rossetti gives us a new paradigm to define these life gaps and provides important insight on how to use them in meaningful and productive ways. Being in transition is not an embarrassment; it's a gift. A time to re-invent, re-define, and explore our life's passions. This is a must-read for anyone who finds themselves at a crossroads.' -Malli Gero, Co-founder and President, 2020 Women on Boards
From the Back Cover
Have you ever experienced a job loss, an empty nest, menopause, childbirth, marriage, divorce, infertility, retirement, a career change, a geographic move, a change in health status or other similarly weighty life event? Each one can begin a transition, a unique opportunity to realign your life, nourish the person you are, and live the life you imagine. This book helps readers understand transition and presents a unique step-by-step roadmap every woman can use to make transition positive, optimistic and approachable throughout her life. Even with a Harvard MBA and a track record of great success behind her, author Linda Rossetti faced a wrenching transition after realizing the career path she had spent years building was no longer suitable or sustainable. She was in her mid-forties, a senior executive at a Fortune 500 Company with countless hours logged in conference rooms, hotel rooms and on airplanes, when both her family and professional life began to unravel. She sought out change - like many women - a new job, less travel, more time at home, but quickly realized this was not the answer. Rossetti's transition story coupled with the frustration felt by millions of women with similar experiences set Rossetti on a course to search for answers. Rossetti found the answers in the transition experiences of hundreds of women whom she interviewed over three years. WOMEN & TRANSITION was born out of those conversations. The story is told in the author's own voice and the voices of many of these women who shared their heartfelt transition stories with her. WOMEN & TRANSITION defines transition, introduces a toolkit for transitioning, and delivers a roadmap for women from all walks of life to take the next steps on their own journey. Woven throughout this valuable transition blueprint are real - human - stories that constantly inspire and remind us that we are not alone in this journey. WOMEN & TRANSITION is a chronicle of modern day women's experience and an irreplaceable guide that will help women of all ages. This book was created for women to take on transition and to find a path that opens opportunity. For more information please go to womenandtransition.com: There you will find tools, resources and interviews to help you navigate your own transition.
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I've recommended this book to several friends and colleagues, including those not thinking about transition, but because I found the frameworks offered in this book to be clear and dispassionate tools that helped me to put words around feelings and thoughts stemming from common professional experiences. I especially appreciated Ms. Rossetti's admonition at the end of the book to resist the urge to act and instead take time to reflect, talk to friends and trusted advisors, and experiment because this is advice I so often doled out to entrepreneurs seeking to create businesses but so rarely applied to myself even though one could consider creating a career and personal brand as analogous to creating a business
DISCLAIMER - I purchased the book but received the Audible recording for free in exchange for an honest review
A few years ago, I attended a women's group run by a couselor, and she offered a narrow view of transitions. ( She said that if it took a woman more than six months to go through a transition, then the woman likely had a clinical pathology that needed to be explored. I soon left that group, as the narrow view didn't sit right with me.)
I'll also note, thankfully, that the book and the comments may not emphasize the relentless Lean-In philosophy that some assume most professional women should share. As a 20 year veteran of corporate America, I've always worked hard to combine my job with some meaningful volunteering, and the corporate ladder provided less attraction for me. I've had a successful career, but on my own terms.
I did not find the model as useful as other readers. For me, stories with outcomes tend to have more impact.
Rossetti’s assertions are based in well-researched concepts and data, and presented through personal, relatable and empowering vignettes. What further differentiates her book is that she presents a clear, actionable framework and approach – which harnesses both values and data – for readers to confidently embark on the transition process.
I finished this book feeling clarity on my own career transition, empowered to coach other women through transition, and prepared to instill transition awareness to my four children (three of whom are girls). Bravo!
Linda Rossetti writes in a clear, accessible manner about a complex issue. She provides the reader with a step by step guide to transition using real life examples drawn from her own experience and those of many other women in transition. This book is a must read for any woman struggling with questions such as "What next? What do I want to be? What really makes me tick?" Applicable to women at any stage of their career, of any age and from diverse backgrounds, Women and Transition should be on every bookshelf.