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Mrs Moneypenny , Heather McGregor
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5 Jan 2012

Welcome to the world of Mrs Moneypenny, where it's all about who you know and what you know. Where you can't have it all, but you have to do it all. And where women wanting to reach the top need to learn to say 'no'.

The high-flying, uber-connected Financial Times columnist and star of Channel 4's 'Superscrimpers' is on a mission to help you get ahead at work.

In this incisive, hilariously frank book, Mrs Moneypenny tells you everything you need to know about taking control of your career. From nurturing your personal network and getting noticed, to the art of outsourcing and understanding numbers, she distils a lifetime's experience of running businesses and shaping careers into original, practical advice.

Whether you're just starting out or a rung from the top, whether you're a store manager or a CEO, let Mrs Moneypenny be your ultimate mentor - and guide you to success.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 9780670920815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670920815
  • ASIN: 0670920819
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mrs Moneypenny is the author of a column in the Weekend Financial Times that ran from October 1999 until March 2014. She is a businesswoman based in London, has three children who she refers to as Cost Centres #1,2 and 3, and a sports-obsessed Australian husband. She is also a philanthropist in the areas of employabilty and social mobility, and a strong advocate for having more women in senior positions. Mrs Moneyenny presented every episode of the Channel 4 series Superscrimpers, and has performed her one-woman show at the Edinbugh Fringe and off-Broadway.

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A practical, pacy and punchy toolkit. A masterclass in how to succeed and stay sane. A fiercely practical, eternally upbeat and utterly enjoyable textbook for success ... incisive, self-deprecating and hilarious. (Management Today )

A highly enjoyable, high-energy new book about success and getting it. Ambitious or not this book will amuse you, provoke you, challenge you, help you and cheer you up. (Jeanette Winterson Times )

Mrs Moneypenny. Working mother, businesswoman... just like me, really (Elle Macpherson )

I wish I had ended up as worldly wise, energetic and well-connected as she plainly is (Bill Emmott The Times )

Who needs Bond when Mrs Moneypenny comes to our rescue every Saturday? (Stephen Hester, Ceo, Royal Bank Of Scotland )

Mrs M is the FT's sexy little secret...she writes with great wit and deftness (David Yelland, Former Editor The Sun )

About the Author

For 12 years Mrs Moneypenny has been entertaining readers of the Financial Times with her views on everything from Wellington boots to waxing. She runs her own business while juggling three children (Cost Centres 1, 2 and 3) and a golf-obsessed husband. She starred in the Channel 4 series 'Superscrimpers', and the Mrs Moneypenny show has run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Broadway and the Hay Festival.

Heather McGregor is a leading London headhunter. She owns and runs Taylor Bennett, the executive search firm, and teaches at the Cass Business School and the London Business School. She is the principal business commentator for the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five-star careers advice for women ... and men 3 July 2012
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This marvelous careers advice book is aimed at women (it says so in the title of course!) but if you are a man - or if you know a man - who is standing at the bottom of the greasy pole looking up, or stalled, clinging on at the halfway mark, then recommend him this. Maybe advise him to buy the Kindle edition, so no-one will see he's reading it - after all, as Mrs Moneypenny points out, image is important. She herself, she reports, is often seen carrying a copy of the FT rolled under her arm, thus demonstrating she is a business-like person.

I feel slightly ashamed to admit I'm not a regular reader of the FT or the Economist - I just can't seem to tear myself away from the Guardian. Neither do I work in the City or possess a degree in accounting (Mrs Moneypenny is currently studying for one and somewhat regrets she didn't do this earlier in life but personally, I couldn't imagine a duller way to spend my time). I haven't attended the World Economic Forum (as yet) or ever been invited to a shooting party at a country house, both of which Mrs Moneypenny recommends as a fine means to improve one's network of contacts and oil the wheels of business. Nonetheless, I rather enjoyed reading about this high-flying, megabucks world, which is testament to Mrs Moneypenny's humorous style, so finely honed over a number of years in her FT column of the same name.

Although Mrs Moneypenny clearly intends, at one level, for her advice for to be taken literally - attend the poshest university you possibly can, study finance, network with the right people, hire a great nanny, sit on the board of a charity and so on - it was the principle of the thing that I really took away: plan ahead, work hard, seek out opportunities, grow some cojones, help others and (some of them) may later help you.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and inspiring read 27 Jan 2012
By hwarri
Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women

This is an excellent and inspiring read. Mrs M points out that many women lack a strategy for career success and gives guidance and on how to develop one. The book is full of practical tips and real-life examples from many fields (eg makeup artistry), not just corporate life. She points out some of the differences between men and women (men want to be admired, women want to be liked etc) and gives concrete advice on how to combat these. It's great to hear all this from someone with her level of experience and success. All women can learn from this, though it is perhaps fair to say that it assumes the reader will have a degree of intelligence, ability and application.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best advice ever 7 Feb 2012
By CST22
I have just finished your book and felt compelled to write as I am sure thousands of other women will do and say I wish Mrs MoneyPenny had written it 20, 10 or even 5 years ago but at the age of 46 with 2 CCs and half way through my Open University Degree, the pages of this book have so much encouragement and inspiration.
As a result of reading this I plan to step up and accelerate my learning, improve my financial literacy and behave as a proactive role model for women and girls coming up behind me.
With a following wind and some serendipity along the way, hopefully take my place at the top table.

I think Mrs Moneypenny has made a huge contribution to the empowered revolution which I believe is already taking place. Buy this book and pass on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Offers some good advice 6 Jun 2012
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I enjoy Mrs Moneypenny's weekly column in the FT and was hoping for more of the same. The book delivered, and I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of pursuing a career in financial services. If you are thinking of doing something slightly out of the ordinary or creative, the advice may not all apply to you, as it basically goes like this:
1) Network as much as you can
2) Study at Oxford or Cambridge
3) Do a finance qualification like ACCA or CFA
4) Take up a prestigious hobby such as shooting game, flying airplanes or alternatively sit on the board of a well known charity
5) Find a stay at home husband and an unattractive nanny/au pair who'll look after the children.
Although her experience clearly is most relevant to those with some social and monetary capital, I'd still recommend it to everyone else as an amusing read that provides some useful insight for any woman looking to forge an identity outside the home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 8 Feb 2012
Don't usually go in for self-help books, or writing reviews, but here I am doing both! A fantastically frank and humorous look at being a woman in business today, with hugely practical and challenging advice on making it work for you. At the same time it provides relief from the unattainable image of 'you can have it all at once' often portrayed in the media, while leaving no room for all those excuses which stop you driving for success in the highest priority areas.

It feels hugely relevant for me early-ish in my career, but see that it would be equally useful for both more experienced and also pre-career ambitious women. Have already recommended to lots of girlfriends and still have a few chapters to go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too obvious 15 May 2012
By Ilya
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The content is a bit simplistic. It says that the book is targeted to all ages, but it is a generation behind -at least for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious woman writes review 15 Feb 2012
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Careers Advice for Ambitious Women gives exactly what the title says. It gives humourous, pragmatic and realistic advice on a variety of topics relating to climbing the greasy pole whilst trying to ensure that no-one beneath you can see your knickers. It is very readable without preaching and doesn't assume that you're over-reaching by trying to have it all. I keep this book (and many others) in the smallest room and whenever I'm in there I read a page or two (I think my husband does too). I come out of there feeling positive, informed, educated and entertained. Not a bad result.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Careers Advice for Ambitious Women
Very good. Also quick mail service. A more humane woman's insight valuable in a strange modern world. She should write further on this subject.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and down to earth
I would recommend this. Non patronising and good advice. Helpful to read about author's, and other peoples experiences and aimed at all ages.
Published 1 month ago by Ami Christopher
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and engaging
I really enjoyed this book, despite working in the NGO sector where the culture is somewhat different to the mainstream corporate world which Mrs Moneypenny is most familiar with. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Green Star
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book full of useful tips
Brilliant book full of useful advice. Whether you are ambitious and want to get to the top, wish to improve your confidence in the workplace or as in my case return to work after... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Melanie E Jupp
2.0 out of 5 stars Name dropping throughout
I like to think of myself as an ambitious women but this book was boring. All examples of the women seemed to be CEO's.
Published 5 months ago by Louise Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Harsh
Some bits are ok, some bits are eyebrow raising, but she is honest and rutheless. I consider myself ambitious, but not so much so to put my job importance at nr 1 and family at nr... Read more
Published 6 months ago by SGK
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good, some bad
There is some very sound advice in this book - learning how to say no, and time management, for instance - and the early chapters I found inspiring and motivating. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PlastigFfantastig
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice great price
A really useful guide, prompt delivery, great price
I would recommend this book for anyone wanting some advice on career building
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth H Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Persuasive
Clearly outlined and succinct advice on what to think about in various stages of a woman's career life. Worth reading.
Published 8 months ago by Schwimp
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical hands-on advice for working women
Great book. I can't say enough about it. Read it through in one sitting, until 4am! And then I've been ordering copies for my friends. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DrB
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