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Strong Woman: The Truth About Getting to the Top

Strong Woman: The Truth About Getting to the Top [Kindle Edition]

Karren Brady
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‘Karren's story will be an inspiration to women everywhere. She is a champion for women. Her story explains to others how to find that balance between family and being a top business woman at work.’ LORD SUGAR

‘Karren's story shows that with hard work and tenacity it is possible for women to reach the top of any industry and I am sure this book will encourage many more to be ambitious and successful.’ MARTHA LANE FOX

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Karren Brady is an inspiration to women everywhere, and her incredible success is borne of her passion, impressive business instinct, ambition, and her very genuine, honest, down-to-earth outlook.

This is Karren’s story… before being Alan Sugar’s aide on The Apprentice and VC of West Ham United, how she started out as a sparky 18 year old at Saatchi & Saatchi and at 23, went on to persuade David Sullivan to buy Birmingham City football club – turning that business round to sell it for an incredible £82 million 12 years later.

Strong Woman tells how she balances her personal life with her professional, her priorities, her life as mother of two and wife. Karren reveals how she coped when doctors told her after a routine scan that she had a brain aneurysm, that she must have a complicated operation immediately and had a 30% chance of not surviving, and how it has since influenced her outlook and priorities.

An overwhelmingly inspiring and real look at work and life, Karren Brady defies convention as a directional business woman in a male industry. This is the truth about how she does it, and through her experience, her drive and her skills – it offers brilliant advice on how you can do it too.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 27044 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (29 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I1CF6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Karren Brady is Vice Chairman of West Ham F.C, Lord Sugar's Advisor on The Apprentice and one of the UK's leading Female Business Speakers.

Karren began her career aged 18 at Saatchi & Saatchi, she swiftly moved onto LBC as a sales executive. In 1998 she joined Sport Newspapers Ltd and became Director within a year.

Recognised as the first woman in football, Brady was Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club from 1993 to 2009 and during that time turned the Club's fortunes around. She took over the club when it was in administration, and in her first year at the helm, the Club recorded a financial trading profit. In 1996 the Club made an overall profit for the first time in modern history and in February 1997 she launched the Club on the Stock market; Karren was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK.

In October 2009 Karren sold Birmingham City FC for £82million.

In January 2010, Karren was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC. Following her first 12 months at West Ham, the club made a trading profit for the first time in many years.

An Ambassador for The Stroke Association, WellChild and Teenage Cancer Trust, Karren Brady is also Chair of the Mothercare Group Foundation. She has been a Board Director of Mothercare PLC, Channel 4 Television and Sport England and is currently a non-Executive Director of Arcadia. She is an honoree Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing.

Karren was voted by Cosmopolitan as 'One of the 100 most powerful women in the world' and in 2004 and again in 2006 attended The Queen's Lunch for Women Achievers and Business Leaders. She was acknowledged as 'One of the most influential women in Britain' by the Daily Mail and voted as 'One of Britain's Most Inspirational Women' by Good Housekeeping magazine.

In November 2006 Karren Brady won the Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year, in the category of Women Who Have Changed the World.

In October 2007 Karren was voted Business Woman of the Year and in November 2008 she was named as 'One of the top leadership role models' in a national poll. This recognition was quickly followed in December 2008 when she was presented with the coveted Spirit of Everywoman Award at the NatWest Everywoman Awards, acknowledging her 'Outstanding achievements in changing the landscape for women in business'.

November 2010 saw Karren listed in the business category of The Sunday Telegraph's '100 Most Powerful Women in Britain', whilst she was also included in the Evening Standard's list of 'London's 1000 Most Influential People 2010', second to David Beckham in the category of Sport.

In December 2010 Dr. Karren Brady received her Doctorate from the University of Birmingham in Business studies.

In July 2011 she won the National Reality TV Award for Best TV Judge beating Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Aleshia Dixon amongst others.

The Apprentice:

In 2010 following appearances as one of Lord Sugar's interrogators on the popular BBC show 'The Apprentice', Karren replaced Margaret Mountford as Lord Sugar's right-hand woman.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL - FIRST CLASS BOOK 11 April 2012
By Carol 'avid little bookworm' TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I've always admired get up and go and Karren Brady has it in spades. I admired her working style when she originally appeared on The Apprentice, interviewing the candidates (haven't seen it since she took over from Margaret Mountford but I'm sure she's just as good). She never appeared to belittle them, she came across as firm but fair.

I've got to say my interest in her is not the 'make it big in a man's world' it's purely admiration for someone who has achieved in the same way I have an interest in any man who has achieved just as much.

This book is truly inspiring to anyone who wants to work hard and achieve. It is also, I feel, a deterrent to anyone who thinks they can have it all without sheer hard work and determination. In fact, I think Karren Brady displays far more than this. At times I was exhausted just reading the book and the amount of work she undertakes! After finishing the book, I think it fair to say, she goes far way and beyond what most of us would be prepared to do.

I highly recommend this book, it's an excellent autobiography as well as an absolute mine of information regarding good business practice. I think Karren Brady must be one of the best 'Brand' builders out there in the business world today. I'd love her to write a book dedicated purely to this subject, it would be on my pre-order list.

The book is gutsy, I loved it, I think because I share so many of Karren Brady's beliefs, it covers so much -

peoples fear of failure and how overcoming it can be empowering

not satisfied with where things are now she continually wants to improve it

straight talking but not personal - her management style & communication; people know what she wants and more importantly what she expects!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sensible read 8 May 2012
By Treacle
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Normally the word 'sensible' doesn't get you running off to buy a book but it really does sum up Karren and her book. Other words that spring to mind are honest, down-to-earth, realistic and practical. She is definitely a strong woman but this book demonstrates that she is not a bitch and that lots of very hard work and maintaining her dignity throughout has allowed her to thrive in the workplace.

* Part biography (but not too much - just the good bits about what makes her who she is today)
* Part Business journal - great advice and ideas on how to do well in business
* Part Inspirational - I will definitely save this book and pass it on to my girls to read when they are older as I found myself agreeing with nearly all of what she said and she puts it over in such a way that made me think - "Yes! I totally understand where you are coming from"
* Brutually honest throughout - not many famous women are willing to state that they haven't done everything right and they've made mistakes both in their personal life and work life too but Karren does so I really warmed to her through these omissions
* Very unemotional - which was interesting but the more I thought of about it and the more I read about her, it was very understanding given the very male dominated situations she's been in
* Really enjoyed reading about behind the scenes at the Apprentice as I am a massive fan of the show (just wish Karren was allowed to speak more)
Would definitely recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Karen Brady Strong Woman - Underneath Normal 6 Jun 2012
By Alessi Lover TOP 500 REVIEWER
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So glad I got the chance to order this book, as I have read Karen's piece each month in a woman's monthly magazine and always found it an entertaining and interesting read. One in which she sounds so down to earth. Yes, she even admitted to colouring her own hair, probably not now but at least she told her readers. Probably to show that underneath the tough as nails image she is just a woman with two kids that gets on with normal day to day stuff to.

Well in this her book she is the same.

What you see is what you get from this business woman it seems and this book tells from her trials and tribulations at the age of 23 and what she had to contend with. Football is a man's game and for any woman to walk into that environment and take charge, well it takes some courage but also determination. Some of the men she has met in her earlier career may not have been the best to be around but back in the days when she was in her early 20's things were different in business and outlooks different too especially so if you were female.

Later in the book you get an insight intto how she had a massive health issue and how that seemed to turn her life around, showing that sometimes these things happen and make you see maybe what is more important. She has had to make some serious hard decisions and I think this is the one that was make or break for her life. Thankfully she took the operation choice and underneath she probably thanks each day for being alive.

Over the last couple of series you will have seen her on the Apprentice taking Margaret's place, I was hoping that maybe there would be some secrets let slip about Sir Allan, but you will have to read it to find out.

Will I still be reading her column in the monthly magazine? Too right I will.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Teenage girls - read this! 30 May 2012
By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE
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Karren Brady is best known these days as Margaret Mountford's replacement on The Apprentice but she has had a long and highly successful career in British business. She credits her success to self-reliance and sheer hard work. Early in this book she advises young women not to aspire to marry a footballer, but to own or manage the club they play for. (Karren Brady actually married a footballer herself, but it was never her aspiration). It is refreshing to come across someone in the public eye who is not interested in celebrity culture or the glamorous lifestyle that can accompany great wealth. On The Apprentice, Karren Brady comes across as a person of real integrity - she is never bitchy or judgemental and her comments are always fair. She clearly behaves like that in her business life too (although I'm glad I don't work for her; I would be no good at answering my mobile at 3am). This book is no work of literature but it is engaging and easy to read. After finishing it, I'm pretty sure that Karren herself did not come up with the strap-line on the cover - "Ambition, grit and a great pair of heels". Her version would be "Ambition, grit and lots of hard work".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Honest, relatable, inspiring and just the right amount of funny.
Published 6 days ago by Minha
1.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend using it for toilet paper in the unfortunate event...
Arrogant nonsense, as you would expect from Ms Brady. I would recommend using it for toilet paper in the unfortunate event that you are given a copy.
Published 13 days ago by Hoopie1
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Book
Love Karren Brady but I think her belief of working 18 hours days as necessary, is not correct. Good book but I will make my success without sacrificing my time with those I love.
Published 13 days ago by M. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a life changing book
This is a life changing book that every woman should read. It's a biography written in simple motivating style that let you see the potential in you even if you haven't discovered... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Laheebkasim
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good, good insights.
Published 28 days ago by Jack Macyntire
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I wish I'd read this book 10 years ago! A very inspiring read, Karen Brady really is a business woman to admire.
Published 1 month ago by BeckyH
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Being 'only a man' I found this book very interesting. The drive that got Karren to the top is identical to that of a man although I one hundred percent agree that women find it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TVR-Andy
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better ones out there such as Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In
Didn't learn anything from this book. And wasn't a page turner. There are better ones out there such as Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In.
Published 1 month ago by Anais Reding
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved reading this book. Karen Brady is a good role model for young women.
Published 1 month ago by Nicola Louise Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I had seen Karen on the apprentice and didn't really take to her, but thought the book was at rueful insight.
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