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Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs: How Ten Leading Business Women Turned a Good Idea into a Fortune [Paperback]

Sue Stockdale , Joe Gregory
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1 Sep 2005
There are many successful female entrepreneurs in the UK, yet most are not well known. This book shares the inspiring stories of ten successful women with lessons on overcoming challenges, gaining motivation and turning your dreams into reality. By following the author’s Seven Steps to SuccessT you’ll be able to put what you learn to practical use. The women entrepreneurs featured include: Linda Bennett Founder of LK Bennett; Josephine Carpenter, Founder of The Big JT; Julie Meyer, Founder of First Tuesday and Ariadne Capital; Michelle Mone, designer of the UltimoT Bra; Dr Marilyn Orcharton, creator of Denplan; Geetie Singh, creator of the world’s first organic gastro pub; Dr Glenda Stone, Founder of Aurora Gender Capital Management (formerly Busy Girl); Penny Streeter, Founder of Ambition 24 hours; Helen Swaby, Founder of DeMontfort Fine Art; Yvonne Thompson CBE, Founder of the first known black-owned and run PR agency in the UK. Sue Stockdale is a motivational speaker, successful businesswoman and record-breaking explorer. She is passionate about women’s enterprise and on the Board of several organisations related to business start-up. Sue was the first British Woman to walk to the Magnetic North Pole in 1996 and has represented Scotland in athletics. She also finished runner-up in the Channel 4 show Superhuman. Sue holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing.

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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Lean Marketing Press (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905430035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905430031
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sue Stockdale is an author, coach and motivational speaker whose business and adventure experience has helped hundreds of leaders step out of their comfort zone and achieve extraordinary results. In 1996 Sue became the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole. After this success, Sue took part in expeditions to the Geographical North Pole, Antarctica and Greenland. She finished runner-up in Channel 4's Superhuman undergoing some of the toughest scientific tests ever seen on TV.

In 1997, she founded and grew a training company and eventually sold it in 2009 to focus on writing, speaking, coaching and leadership development. She now works with some of the world's top organisations and regularly speaks at corporate events and leading business schools on motivation and leadership. Sue has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and MSc in Quality Management and is an accredited coach.

Sue is author of Kickstart your Motivation; Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs; The Growth Story and co-author of Cope with Change at Work, Motivating People and The Personality Workbook.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Awaited Female Role Models 2 Nov 2005
The beauty of this book is its simple approach. All interviewees are high acheiving individuals, down-to-earth people who just happen to be women. Reading how they overcame various obstacles and acheived financial success running their own businesses can only be inspiring and encourage any would-be female entrepreneurs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable business reading! 23 July 2006
Sue Stockdale's book, 'Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs' is a rare thing; it is an enjoyabe, easy to read, but very informative business book, which once started is hard to put down. The series of interviews with an amazing collection of successful women entrepreneurs are incisive and inspiring and I found myself finishing one and rushing straight on to the next. At the end of the book I found myself wanting to ask more questions of them all - there isn't time in this fascinating snapshot to delve as deep as you would like, once your interest has been awakened. However, I felt inspired and enthused by these individuals and returned to my own business with an extra spring in my step!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Access To What They Did To Make It 22 Jan 2006
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It's not often you find a book that covers successful women in business and it's even less often you actually find one that shares the stories "warts and all".
This book delivers on the promise in a punchy, fast and easy to read style that enables you to learn from these role-models' attitudes, successes AND mistakes.
The 7 Steps at the end also really helps you to structure your own actions as a result of the inspiration found in the profiles. So you're not left feeling motivated but with no direction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for any woman entrepreneur 12 Sep 2008
By Julie H
I'm a great believer in learning from others and I found this book both inspiring and educational. I knew of some of the women in this book, but the others were new to me and their stories and triumphs were very encouraging. The biggest thing that came out of this book was the importance of believing in yourself and being persistent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is The Future Female? 18 Feb 2010
Many years ago, when a management consultant, my research took me into a model of the world that polarised organisations into machines or as living entities. This concept has global implications.

Owners and managers who saw where they worked as a machine would tend to be autocratic, look for problems to solve, view suppliers, competitors and other stakeholders as manageable or potentially undesirable elements. This model lends itself to work study, rigid quality improvement programmes, a `tight ship' mindset and overall it is very yang, very masculine.

The living organisation model, which for me was the only place I was motivated to work in [or the goal of my `interventions' was to get from machine to living entity as soon as possible] holds immense promise. It is the opposite of the above, and most significantly, is female, yin.

Sue Stockdale opens her excellent book with seven steps to success, to quote her these steps `focus on the softer issues...'
This book is much more than how ten women turned good ideas into fortunes. And it gives examples of women who use the more masculine style of leadership.

I was drawn to it, because my wife is a successful entrepreneur, albeit at first a reluctant one. It appeals to me for reasons already given. It has value because passion, having a vision, being committed, having courage all pay dividends.

Ask anyone `in the street' to name geniuses, and almost all will name men. Ditto entrepreneurs. And yet interestingly, when I worked with dozens of boys in a tough Walsall Comprehensive, almost all of them regarded their mums as role models.

So, the future might well be female; God help us all if it's the extreme machine mind-set. Nearer to home, read this book, be inspired by the fascinating women chronicled in it, and start up your living business. You might also find some geniuses in there...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 2 Jun 2009
By patrea
All the entrepreneurs are very inspiring for women. I have read about Penny Streeter's story before and how she overcame adversity to achieve so much success.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read. 20 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great book for any woman (or man!) serious about going into, or growing, their business. Easy and quick to read and dip into.
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