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Strong Woman: The Truth About Getting To The Top Paperback – 4 Nov 2013
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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
About the Author
Karren Brady began her career at LBC when she was 18 years old and swiftly moved onto Saatchi & Saatchi as junior Account Handler. She joined Sports Newspapers Ltd in 1988 and became Director within a year. She was Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club from 1993 to 2009. In February 1997 the Club launched on the Stock market valued at the time of float at GBP25,000,000; she was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK. In January 2010, Karren was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC. Karren is a columnist for The Sun newspaper, one of Sir Alan Sugar's aids on The Apprentice and has written four books.
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* 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!
I read the book without preconceptions, as I knew about her only from The Apprentice. After reading it - her autobiography - she seems a wealthy, privileged, ambitious woman (which is all ok!) who wrote this book only to defend herself and give her opinion of some public issues she was involved it, and also as a manifesto to her children that she loves them, but usually crosses career as a priority.
The book describes her career path but is just full of bragging and self-praise. It is really annoying sometimes as if you want to be praised, it is better to that others praise you instead of boosting about uourself. Not convincing I'm afraid.
Overall, not truly inspiring book, especially not for women. The tone is almost of judging the mothers who actually like spending time with their children instead of running after their careers. Also, the tone is set as 'that's how I am and I'm the best - you won't be like me.'
Book that defends her life and business choices.
If you are looking for an inspiration, this will hardly be the book you need.
Now here's for the criticism. First of all, I find it hard to imagine how a woman of her stature could not find a better editor... the book is full of errors. This drives me crazy. Secondly, I know she writes a newspaper column (which I've never seen) but Karren Brady is not a writer. At all. I think she would have served her story much better if she had actually hired a proper writer to write it. Unfortunately the poor writing lets her down.
She says over and over in the book that she is a professional businesswoman first and foremost. And I think as a "professional" herself she should appreciate why there are "professional" writers (who wouldn't use the word "wonderful" twice on the same page, nor even once as a powerful descriptive adjective for a teenage cancer charity). This is not a well-written book by any measure.
Lastly, Brady often describes in detail how hard she works. It is obvious that this is not a lazy woman... she is go go go. She has clearly labored hard -- and has been rewarded handsomely. But she never once in her book mentions Luck. You know, that magic force that all successful people seem to forget about that but which is also largely responsible for their being where they are today. That's sad.
I think someone (pick me! pick me!) should wrote a proper book about this extraordinary woman. She's blood well impressive!
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