Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women Hardcover – 5 Jan 2012
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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 )
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am not a Mum and found the continual reference to children quite annoying to the extent that I gave up reading half way through.
I think there should be a health warning on the back "do not read if you can't have children"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mrs. Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women by Mrs. Moneypenny, Heather McGregor
I was looking for something to boost my learning and understanding of how best to... Read more
This book is packed with advice and tips for young women starting out in their careers. I would say it is more geared to the American audience though, nonetheless a useful read!Published 6 months ago by Z. Amina
Full of practical advice for any stage of your career, I found the book easy to read and very useful. A book I imagine I will return to as I progress in my career. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A S Nemchand
At a time of change in my career this book really helped me put my career and lift in perspective.
I've learned a lot during this period of unemployment and not least... Read more
I didn't like the book. This lady seems quite narrow minded. Praising MBA from top school etc. I am also MBA from top school but at least I walk on this planet quite grounded. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ddx