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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006223062X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062230621
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Confidence Code belongs in the bagof every woman in America. It combines groundbreaking scientific research and firsthand accounts from the world’s most powerful woman.” (Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan)

“How do we make the most of our talents, skills, and interests? This book demonstrates that it’s not enough to know what we’re doing; our confidence is a key factor in our success. Fascinating reading for every woman who wants to take her life to the next level.” (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project)

“All too often, even the most successful women have indicated that their confidence is fleeting or domain-specific. The gifted authors who were behind Womenomics prove that can change. Discover how you can specifically develop that enduring sense of self-assurance in this remarkable book.” (Marshall Goldsmith, author of the international bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There)

“Kay and Shipman shine a perceptive light on the crucial role that confidence plays in the ability of women to succeed. They offer women practical advice and the vision of a more hopeful future.” (Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and author of Lean In)

“Kay and Shipman provide a great blueprint for raising daughters….All of this research, as well as the authors’ own recounting of experiences with doubt in their professional lives, effectively builds into a comprehensive set of ingredients for the confident woman.” (Publishers Weekly)

“An insightful look at how internalizing cultural stereotypes can hold women back from competing with men.” (Kirkus)

“[Kay and Shipman] have written an enlightening, fascinating book that explains the relationship between confidence, resilience, risk and reward….This book can definitely help you learn to boost your confidence.” (Success)

“[Kay and Shipman dive] into tons of fascinating research and stats that are worth reading…[b]ut most importantly, the book provides some seriously actionable advice from some of the most successful women in the world (authors included).” (Self.com)

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Confidence. We want it. We need it. But it can be maddeningly enigmatic and out of reach. The authors of the New York Times bestseller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint for bringing more of it into our lives.

Is confidence hardwired into the DNA of a lucky few—or can anyone learn it? Is it best expressed by bravado, or is there another way to show confidence? Which is more important: confidence or competence? Why do so many women, even the most successful, struggle with feelings of self-doubt? Is there a secret to channeling our inner confidence?

In The Confidence Code, journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman travel to the frontiers of neuroscience on a hunt for the confidence gene and reveal surprising new research on its roots in our brains. They visit the world's leading psychologists who explain how we can all chose to become more confident simply by taking action and courting risk, and how those actions change our physical wiring. They interview women leaders from the worlds of politics, sports, the military, and the arts to learn how they have tapped into this elemental resource. They examine how a lack of confidence impacts our leadership, success, and fulfillment.

Ultimately, they argue, while confidence is partly influenced by genetics, it is not a fixed psychological state. That's the good news. You won't discover it by thinking positive thoughts or by telling yourself (or your children) that you are perfect as you are. You also won't find it by simply squaring your shoulders and faking it. But it does require a choice: less people pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk taking, and fast failure.

Inspiring, insightful, and persuasive, The Confidence Code shows that by acting on our best instincts and by daring to be authentic, women can feel the transformative power of a life on confidence.

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I bought this after reading so many glowing recommendations. Yet I became very quickly frustrated: there is a certain narrative the authors are driving but unfortunately I realised it has little bearing on my own experience and of other women of colour in my circle. The central message seems to be that confidence is what is holding women back - and if we fix this, success will follow; that we are molly-coddled by parents who are too quick to praise, who don't instil true confidence in us by showing us how to overcome failure, how this hollow self-esteem does not give us true resilience and so on. The authors are very convincing with their narrative.
However, as someone who is the daughter of immigrants who very much believed in the opposite of molly-coddling, and as someone who has dealt with a fair few knocks and set-backs in life, and bounced back, I find it hard to believe that lack of confidence is the main factor holding me back. There is genuinely, unconscious or even conscious bias in the workplace. And I'm at a loss to know how to deal with it. Being confident, talented, assertive and willing to lean in, doesn't seem to work, when inexplicably, mediocrity rises to the top.
This book is fun to read as it contains good anecdotes about women who are already at the top of their game. But for someone struggling to translate confidence into real success, it is a bit disappointing.
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I do not indulge in hyperbole, and I hesitate to write this - but I have already found this book to be life-changing.

I was doing very well in my chosen career, but a number of events set back my confidence at a crucial stage. On the surface, I have still achieved a lot, but I have carried the failure of that time with me, and a sense of inadequacy, and frustration and disappointment remained.

Since I started reading this book, I have been able to re-evaluate the last 2 decades of my life and career. I have actually had the courage to put myself forward for things that I always hesitated about before.

Part of the success of this book is knowing one is not alone - that many women strive for perfection, that we crave approbation (often unconsciously), and that we often hold ourselves back for fear of failure. The science (in psychological and neuroscientific research) is enlightening and helpful.

I regularly teach young women in my profession - I know I will be recommending this to them in the months and years to come.

Every parent of daughters, every teacher of girls, and women of all ages should read this too - highly recommended.
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The book's style is accessible and not tiring to read like some self-help publications - particularly the rather relentless American upbeatisms prevalent in some US import self-help books.

I liked the fact they ask if confidence is hardwired into a lucky few? Their conclusion: no it isn't. The reading lists/sources at end were useful too for further investigation. Not sure how useful though the chapter titled "Fat Dumb Bitches" is about women's confidence being more prone to vulnerability. The only times I've overheard myself being charmingly referred to as 'a bitch', the perpetrator has been a fellow sister every time!

Not a bad place to start if wanting help with self-esteem issues.
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Extremely boring narration on CD. The book itself is trying too hard to prove their case that it leaves a lot of doubt if the authors believe they are convincing and persuasive enough on what they preach.
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This book is one I wish I had a copy to give to everyone I know--male and female. I don't necessarily agree with 100% of what the authors write but probably close to it, and I was certainly nodding my head and scribbling notes with every page.
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Easy to read, well grounded in cutting edge research as well as anecdotal human experience. It was a very enjoyable read.
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I bought this book recently and I am about a third of the way through, but so far am finding it very captivating and I can't stop reading! It is insightful, interesting and very well written. Very pleased I made the purchase!
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This book is brilliant. I've already learned fascinating things about confidence, and why some people are better are it and how those that aren't can be. It's fascinating, and very well researched.
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