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I'd Rather Be in Charge: A Legendary Business Leader's Roadmap for Achieving Pride, Power, and Joy at Work MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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Whether the book is any good, I cannot tell you as we sent it back unread (a received our money back from Amazon without question).
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I'd Rather Be in Charge offers a solid treatment of the subject of women and power in the workplace, addressing many of the issues that may stand between women and positions of authority. Some of the issues raised by the author include:
* approval-seeking ("It's good to enjoy applause, but not to need it");
* the tendency by women to merge their work and home identities (Beers emphasises the need to distinguish between the two--and to be comfortable with the distinction, which the author presents as liberating);
* emphasising performance over presentation, expecting that all the hard work will be noticed eventually .
By identifying these issues and providing ample examples that demonstrate how the author or other women dealt with them (effectively or not so much), Beers helps the reader become aware of her automatic responses to a variety workplace situations. In fact, self-knowledge as a tool for change is a cross-cutting theme of Beers' book.
Additionally, the author attempts to connect many of these emotional issues to the messages that girls receive while growing up. While certainly laudable, this attempt would benefit from being more grounded in psychological literature.
On a positive side, the continual reiteration of the theme of power and "being in charge" in the book goes a long way toward making the female reader more comfortable with the subject--and with her desire to achieve greater power at work and in business.
Finally, as a recent (2012) publication, the book offers a fresh perspective on the subject of women and power--and this sets it apart from the glass-ceiling-oriented books of the previous decade, which tended to emphasise external factors impeding women's upward movement in the workplace, while underemphasising women's personal agency.
Despite the clear strengths of Charlotte Beers' book, it is somewhat repetitive, as the author seems to exhaust herself midway through the narrative. The book would definitely benefit from extensive editorial pruning. Otherwise, its important message (which is that women can--and should--address their emotional hangups around positions of power in the workplace) may easily get lost behind its repetitive prose.
This book gives you a look into the world of business women you cannot get any other way. Too often we look at successful professional women and see nothing but perfection. But this book made me realize that these women face the same challenges all working women do. Everyone can learn so much by how these women deal with these challenges.
career goals, and the differences between how we (women) see ourselves and our qualities, and how men translate that.
I got this copy for myself, and immediately ordered more to share with some of the women I know. This could be especially helpful for young women as they are beginning their careers.