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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press Inc (23 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593156820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593156824
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
Legendary advertising executive Charlotte Beers focuses on the qualities and skills women need to pursue leadership roles, but every professional - male or female - can benefit from her perspectives and strategies. She unabashedly dishes up a fascinating, no-holds-barred blend of her experiences and those of the students at her "X Factor" seminars. The result is a solid, workable strategy for tapping into your innate talents. Beers's mission is to develop females' leadership potential by helping them avoid being "considered womanly at the expense of being seen as leaderly." She emphasizes succeeding by tapping into your essential self. getAbstract endorses her informed autobiography for everyone with higher aspirations on the job and in life.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flying story-teller on 28 Aug 2012
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There is a complete mystery about this book - or should I say these books. We ordered a book entitled 'Winning Women' by Charlotte Beers but instead received one entitled 'I'd Rather Be In Charge' by the same author but with a different ISBN. We sent it back and the same thing happened again. Order one - receive the other. Are they actually the same book? There is no guidance on either the Amazon website or Charlotte Beers' own. However I note that there is another book titled 'Winning Women' which is about women in sport. Under ISBN rules, you are not supposed to use the same name as an existing book so perhaps Charlotte Beers' US publisher found out they could not use 'Winning Women' and were forced to change to another title.
Whether the book is any good, I cannot tell you as we sent it back unread (a received our money back from Amazon without question).
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Highly Recommended 13 Feb 2012
By Cirroc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I wish I had this book 12 years ago. It could have put my career on a different (better) path. There used to be two books I gave to professional women I hired: "Who Moved My Cheese" and "Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work" by Deborah Tannen. Career essentials. I now add this book to the list.

This book is very easy to read. You pick and it up and it just flows.

This is a must-read for any professional woman. It is like having your own personal female mentor in the workplace. I would also highly recommend it to any responsible male employer, manager or supervisor. It will give you a sneak peak into the world of business women that I can't imagine you would get any other way. More importantly, it will enable you to better understand and communicate with the women in your workplace which will benefit not only you but also your company.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Valuable insights into women's issues around power, albeit somewhat repetitive 7 May 2012
By Marina - Published on Amazon.com
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I stumbled upon this book by chance, while searching for literature on emotional issues faced by women in the workplace. What prompted me to buy the book (despite the dearth of reviews) was the author's focus on a proactive approach toward addressing workplace issues. The fact that Charlotte Beers is a prominent name in business and thus could draw upon her own experience as a successful woman was another factor that encouraged me to read this book.

I'd Rather Be in Charge offers a solid treatment of the subject of women and power in the workplace, addressing many of the issues that may stand between women and positions of authority. Some of the issues raised by the author include:

* approval-seeking ("It's good to enjoy applause, but not to need it");
* the tendency by women to merge their work and home identities (Beers emphasises the need to distinguish between the two--and to be comfortable with the distinction, which the author presents as liberating);
* emphasising performance over presentation, expecting that all the hard work will be noticed eventually .

By identifying these issues and providing ample examples that demonstrate how the author or other women dealt with them (effectively or not so much), Beers helps the reader become aware of her automatic responses to a variety workplace situations. In fact, self-knowledge as a tool for change is a cross-cutting theme of Beers' book.

Additionally, the author attempts to connect many of these emotional issues to the messages that girls receive while growing up. While certainly laudable, this attempt would benefit from being more grounded in psychological literature.

On a positive side, the continual reiteration of the theme of power and "being in charge" in the book goes a long way toward making the female reader more comfortable with the subject--and with her desire to achieve greater power at work and in business.

Finally, as a recent (2012) publication, the book offers a fresh perspective on the subject of women and power--and this sets it apart from the glass-ceiling-oriented books of the previous decade, which tended to emphasise external factors impeding women's upward movement in the workplace, while underemphasising women's personal agency.

Despite the clear strengths of Charlotte Beers' book, it is somewhat repetitive, as the author seems to exhaust herself midway through the narrative. The book would definitely benefit from extensive editorial pruning. Otherwise, its important message (which is that women can--and should--address their emotional hangups around positions of power in the workplace) may easily get lost behind its repetitive prose.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
a must read for every woman 8 May 2012
By Linda L. Shiosaki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Charlotte Beers appeared on Martha Stewart's show, well worth watching. She is tight with words and to the point. "It's not what you say,.....but what they hear" and this book lays it down on how to re-look at yourself as a woman in the business world. It does not matter WHAT business. I am a baker..o.k. no high finances here, I am already learning how to deal with management and myself in a whole new way. A great read, will give it to both of my daughters. The chapters on investigating why you respond or re-act, and making an updated picture of yourself to yourself could be life changing. Thank you Charlotte Beers.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
How to Break Through the EVP Logjam for Women 7 April 2012
By Mark Goulston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Potential IS a terrible thing to waste. This book is one of the best ways to help women prevent that.

As a guy (and former FBI/police hostage negotiation trainer) who focuses mainly on coaching high performing, high potential women* to break through into the upper echelons of companies and organizations, "I'd Rather Be in Charge" is a book I will personally buy for all my female coachees.

Why?

This book is not about bashing men, but understanding them and understanding the unique value and talents that women bring to every enterprise they are in and leveraging that to empower and embolden women to "take charge" in a powerful and effective way.

Charlotte Beers not only speaks from experience, but she is as Saul Bellow would say, "a first class noticer" and communicator of the what every high potential women needs to fulfill their potential.

* And why am I primarily focused on coaching women? Maybe it's just my experience, but I find far fewer women seduced by power, ego and greed that success will too often suck men into. Women already run the world, I believe they deserve a shot at running it, now that we see what men did with their turn.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Real-life How-to's From a True Role-Model 1 April 2012
By Sharon Michaels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Are women allowing the internal image we have of ourselves to hinder our business successes? In her book I'd Rather Be in Charge, Charlotte Beers addresses both the public (external) and private (internal) aspects of women succeeding and thriving in business.

The author writes from her own career experiences, which include being a CEO, Chairman, an Undersecretary of State and a teacher. Ms. Beers believes it is time for women to achieve pride, power and joy at work. This is the type of book you'll want to read with pen and paper handy so you can make notes and work the activities. Plan on spending quality time going through this book because it can be a valuable learning experience.

I enjoy reading books written by empowered women who have been there, done that and succeeded. These are the women who are willing to share the challenges they faced on their journey to achieving their goals - they do not candy coat the truth. In I'd Rather Be in Charge, the author tells it like it is - the ups, the downs and the disappointments. Most importantly, she shares the lessons that shaped her into a leader who is in charge of her own professional destiny.

Charlotte Beers believes, "we women have won our revolution, we are now on the cusp of a new era." It is time now to move on and evolve into the business leaders we are capable of becoming - the leaders who can make a difference in today's ever changing world. It is time to stop allowing ourselves to be underpaid and under-appreciated - it's time to succeed to our full potential.

Chapter 4, "Who You Think You Are," is a favorite of mine because it is about drawing our own internal self-portrait. Through the use of real-world examples, we learn how to create our own self-portrait from all the pieces of our personality and past experiences. Your self-portrait is your personal guide to going forward - "it is something you can refer to whenever you've got a question about how you should respond to someone or react to a situation at work." I've learned from this chapter that my self-portrait will help me to see my strengths and weaknesses more clearly.

I particularly appreciate the author sharing her personal stories and how they applied to the lessons being taught within each chapter. Sometimes, we look at successful women and see "perfection." But, when we read about the lessons they are willing to share, we realize that they've had some of the same challenges and doubts as we do. The difference often lies not in the challenges themselves, but in how they've dealt with the challenges.

If you're ready to learn real-life how-to's from a true professional and accomplished role-model then I'd Rather Be in Charge by Charlotte Beers is a must read.
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