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Mrs Moneypenny , Heather McGregor
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3 Jan 2013 Mrs Moneypenny

Now in paperback, Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women gives the last word on careers for real women.

It's all about who you know and what you know. You can't have it all, but you have to do it all. Saying 'no' is the single most important life skill for women.

Welcome to the world of Mrs Moneypenny. This high-flying, super-connected, super-woman 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, from nurturing your network to the art of outsourcing.

Whether you're just starting out or a rung from the top, let Mrs Moneypenny be your ultimate mentor.

'Ambitious or not this book will amuse you, provoke you, challenge you, help you and cheer you up'

Jeanette Winterson' The Times

'A masterclass in how to succeed and stay sane... incisive, self-deprecating and hilarious' Management Today

'This wisdom-filled guide obliterates the myth that women can "have it all"... and redefines success and happiness for everyone' Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post

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 sports-obsessed husband. She has acquired a large mortgage, several academic degrees of varying uselessness, and a passion for shooting innocent birds. She presents the Channel 4 series 'Superscrimpers', and the Mrs Moneypenny show has run at the Edinburgh Fringe, off-Broadway and the Hay Festival.

Heather McGregor is a leading London headhunter. She owns and runs Taylor Bennett, the executive search firm, chairs the educational charity Career Academies UK and is a founding member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (3 Jan 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0670920843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670920846
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,235 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)

Brilliant, funny, inspirational (Chantal Coady, Founder, Rococo Chocolates)

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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and inspiring read 27 Jan 2012
By hwarri
Format:Hardcover
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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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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best advice ever 7 Feb 2012
By CST22
Format:Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Offers some good advice 6 Jun 2012
By Yasmine
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too obvious 15 May 2012
By Ilya
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 8 Feb 2012
By RW
Format:Hardcover
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
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Diaappointed
As someone who has worked in the recruitment industry for 25 yeArs this is dated, not really relevant to normal career paths, great for degrees and city type careers but other then... Read more
Published 2 days ago by D F.
2.0 out of 5 stars the section that suggested a good way to save time was to hire a...
for ambitious women who are already wealthy ... the section that suggested a good way to save time was to hire a chauffeur so that one could work on the way to meetings confirmed... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Gill Nichol
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Ambitious Women
I thoroughly enjoyed Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice, given to me by a colleague and to whom I will be eternally grateful. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Mungospeke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good for the corporate woman, not so applicable to the more off beat self employed, an enjoyable read.
Published 1 month ago by Silverfish
2.0 out of 5 stars I DIDNT LIKE THIS
I just finished reading this book on my Amazon Kindle and I must say I am very disappointed in Mrs Moneypenny. I expected a lot for the price I paid (4. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stella
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful way to kick start your career after kids
Although I love my children to bits, my career - and confidence - have suffered since I took time out to look after them and I was looking for some direction on what to do... Read more
Published 2 months ago by gatherer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!!
Truly Inspirational! Women of any age should read this book. Some things might be common sense but it is good to get a reminder.
Published 2 months ago by d Rodriguez
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious autobiography
What Mrs M fails to appreciate is her starting point in life put her near the front of the queue of life.

Inspiration comes from tenacious not ruthless people. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs M D Bradbury
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't read on Kindle!
Book seemsbinteresting but I regret buying the Kindle version as there is no proper defined chapters - so difficult to read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CTM
5.0 out of 5 stars true words spoken
The ethos of this book is great, women empowerment without being overpowering.
It has made me think about doing things a little differently.
Published 3 months ago by Alice
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