3 Books on Women

It’s the first book that has got all the recent publicity because as the Chief Operating officer at Facebook, anything Sandberg says is likely to generate interest.

Her main point is that women need to find a job they love and go for it 100% without apology, assertively and clear about our own worth.

The criticism of the book is that it applies to only few women at the top who can afford an army of support women [at the bottom] to help care for their children and run the home and ignores the strength of a system stacked against women from the start.

Where I find it interesting is that I can see, through coaching hundreds of women that we can, in wanting a personal/family life, not see how we might balance big ambition with that desire. I do see women lean away from their careers when they don’t need to [choosing to do that is another matter] and I still see women nervous of their own ambition.

So definitely worth a read.

The XX FACTOR is unashamedly about women who are part of the highly educated elite. Wolf draws out the central assertion that it is not the gap between men and women that is widening but the gap between highly educated women and less educated women.

Wolf writes in an interestingly detailed way about what it means to be a women with the XX factor serviced by an army of women looking after their children cooking their food etc [sounds familiar!!] She attacks what she sees as a lot of myths about women and work and for that reason it can make uncomfortable as well and lively reading.

The ATHENA DOCTRINE lays out the possibility that the world of work and business may transform in a way that favours women because feminine values are in ascendant – organisations are having to become more flexible, collaborative and caring in response to the economic climate and empathy, loyalty and flexibility are seen as the [newish] cornerstones of effective leadership

All interesting, all worth a dip in and out.

2017-03-05T13:08:16+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Books|

Tips for Effectiveness

One of the things that interests me is that we can spend a long time making a decision, weighing up the pros and cons of the different options, making a neat list of both, or even making the decision intuitively. However we can’t determine the outcome and that’s the sting. We can make the best decision we possibly can at the time and it still not turn out well. This inability to make a decision  is certainly a major reason why people don’t move on in their careers. Self-help books would say that you would show your strength by  accepting that the decision hasn’t turned out well and move on.

So why bother?

I think it’s still important, for those decisions where intuition isn’t enough, to do some kind of analysis. Suzy Welchhas a useful suggestion. She says we should consider the consequences of our actions 10 minutes, 10 months and 10 years down the line-on the basis that these time frames give you a balance that you don’t get in any other way.

Most people find the 10 years too long but the 10 months very useful!

Have a look if interested, works for me!!

You can buy the book here

2017-03-05T13:12:09+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Books|