I didn’t read this book so much as study it! It is packed with ideas, tips, examples and practical exercises. The style of writing is accessible and the strategies are laid out logically. This book seems geared towards a young woman in her first professional role at a larger corporation. The strategies however, are applicable to any stage of one’s career and might be particularly useful after a career break or change in direction. They can also be applied to a non-corporate or smaller business setting, it just takes a little thought.
Ritchie starts with the key stones to build the foundation of a successful career. This involves working out what you want from your career and planning how to achieve it. A great tip is keeping a journal of challenges, achievements and impacts at work. This help you track your progress and as a bonus you’ll have an up-to-date list for performance reviews and new applications. It then goes through strategies which will open you up to development opportunities and teaches you how to spot them. The strategies then progress this further by showing you how to become more memorable, how to develop and leverage your network, and how to become influential on a topic or area. What sets this advice apart from other career books for women, is the peppering of real-life examples. There are stories from senior women in business describing the challenges they faced and how they went about overcoming them. As well as making the advice more realistic, the real-life examples also help the reader to apply the advice to their own context.
I can honestly recommend this book to any woman, in any industry or sector, and at any stage of her career. Early stage career women will get the most benefit, but no one does everything perfectly all of the time, so more seasoned professionals will find useful tips too.
This gem of a book is a practical addition to the bookshelf of any woman who would like to develop the confidence to reach her full potential.
I am highly skilled at what I do, with consistent good feedback from those who work with me, but have struggled in the past with bringing that to the attention of new people. Susan's book contains 14 strategies in depth with helpful how-to-apply advice. The strategies are broadly ranged and build upon one another, to create a wise whole.
I was lucky enough to obtain a review copy from the publishers, and after reading the book I have developed a greater appreciation for the untapped resources around me, including my current network, and have a vision of where I need to be and a plan for how to get there.
I would particularly recommend this book to women in organisations, but the strategies also cross-apply to freelancers such as myself. A fabulous tool for professional women!
It's sad I suppose that 40 years after legislation was introduced to remove gender discrimination in the work place that there is still a need for a book that aims to address the inequalities between men and women at work.
If proof was needed the issue has recently been highlighted by the news that the UK Government research has identified that one in nine women say they were fired, made redundant or felt forced out of a job when they returned to work after maternity or adoption leave.
Over the years many books have been published that aim to provide a route to success for female workers and in some ways, you could argue that Strategy for Being Visible covers much of that well-trodden ground. But that would be a far too simplistic summarisation of Susie Ritchie’s well-thought-out manual.
Although aimed at female workers a reader of any gender would find value in reading Strategies for Being Visible.
The reasons for this are that Ritchie hasn’t over worked her suggestions limiting her proposed strategies, to just fourteen, so there is space for her to explore them in some detail.
Having a strategy is just a starting point, to make a strategy work you have to understand why it is likely to work, which is the main take away from reading this book. Ritchie provides loads of explanation of the reasons why her proposed strategies will work and, in the process, also provides, for this male reader at least, some enlightenment about why past strategies have not worked.
I love Sue Ritchie’s work; I have had the privilege of attending her training and it helped me enormously. This fabulous book it like having a little piece of that brilliant advice with me wherever I go. I read the book in a single sitting and loved it. I know that I’ll come back to it time and time again. Sue’s writing style is easy to follow and it’s a great book to dip in and out of. Her advice and recommendations ring true, here is an author and coach who practices what she preaches. I’ve already bought another copy as a gift and intend to do this often. Although it’s written with a female audience in mind, I am sure the tips would help men progress their careers too. I can’t wait to see what Sue writes next.
A tiny tome that packs a big punch. This is another succinct book from Sue Ritchie which gets to the heart of how to stand out in a crowd and take control of your career advancement. Simple, actionable advice that can be tackled in manageable chunks. Highly recommended for any woman (or man) who wants to stand out at work.
I received a copy of this book pre-publication to review and I can highly recommend it. Easy to read, it presents you with a plan to follow in order to step up and get yourself noticed. It’s filled with great examples of how specific strategies have worked well for others and then, best of all, with helpful suggestions of how you can actually put your plan into dynamic action. If you sometimes feel you’re not putting yourself forward in your best light then this book is for you.
I love this book. It is easy to follow in logical chapters, with case studies/examples that help to put topics into context. The whole book focusses on practical strategies, as well as additional 'try this' suggestions too. Nurturing but with a no-nonsense approach, this book is great for women who are looking to make their own mark on the world.
This is an exceptional book written by Susan Ritchie. Strategies for Being Visible: examines a wealth of issues women face in leadership roles. There is an incredible amount of insight and research, with helpful tips and action plans to follow or take inspiration. You can make yourself more visible in the workplace by following a few simple strategies discussed in the book. I personally enjoyed reading this book and will take the learnings to apply in my own leadership role.