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The Power of Women at Work
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Summary

A new kind of career playbook for a new era of feminism, offering women a new set of rules for professional success: one that plays to their strengths and builds on the power they already have.

Weren't women supposed to have "arrived"? Perhaps with the nation's first female president, equal pay on the horizon, true diversity in the workplace to come thereafter? Or at least the end of "fat shaming" and "locker room talk"?

Well, we aren't quite there yet. But does that mean that progress for women in business has come to a screeching halt? It's true that the old rules didn't get us as far as we hoped. But we can go the distance, and we can close the gaps that still exist. We just need a new way.

In fact there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future, says former Wall Street powerhouse-turned-entrepreneur Sallie Krawcheck. That's because the business world is changing fast - driven largely by technology - and it's changing in ways that give us more power and opportunities than ever, and even more than we yet realize.

Success for professional women will no longer be about trying to compete at the men's version of the game, she says. And it will no longer be about contorting ourselves to men's expectations of how powerful people behave. Instead it's about embracing and investing in our innate strengths as women - and bringing them proudly and unapologetically to work.

When we do, she says, we gain the power to advance in our careers in more natural ways. We gain the power to initiate courageous conversations in the workplace. We gain the power to forge nontraditional career paths, to leave companies that don't respect our worth and instead go start our own. And we gain the power to invest our economic muscle in making our lives and the world better.

Here Krawcheck draws on her experiences at the highest levels of business, both as one of the few women at the top rungs of the biggest boy's club in the world and as an entrepreneur, to show women how to seize this seismic shift in power to take their careers to the next level.

This change is real, and it's coming fast. It's time to own it.

©2017 Sallie Krawcheck (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"As Krawcheck shows, women are uniquely positioned to succeed by tapping into [the] skills they already possess. Own It is a manual for how women can both thrive and accelerate these changes - which will benefit both men and women". (Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global and author of Thrive)
"This book fills me with hope that our next generation of young women will grow up believing they are brave and capable of changing the world." (Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO, Girls Who Code)
"In this powerful, honest, and yet intensely optimistic book, [Sallie Krawcheck] shows why women today have more options than ever, and how we can seize them by bringing our true selves to work." (Karen Finerman, CEO of Metropolitan Capital Advisors)

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  • JRS_98
  • 08-04-18

An inspiration and still practical

A colleague recommended that I read /listen to this book. So glad she did. It is wonderfully honest, inspiring and practical. So many great nuggets of our strength, power and influence as woman, several of which I had never heard. The best piece of advice, in my opinion, is the chapter on investing. Just wow!

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  • ABeck
  • 11-11-19

A Sales Pitch For Ellevest

I got this book looking for a more down to earth realistic point of view as I start my career. And as much as I wanted to like it and be inspired the whole thing just felt off.

There are a few inspiring points in this book and some stories from the authors life that are relatable. But every chapter contains at least a small sales pitch for investing in the author's company.

There is one main point that is repeated in this book ad nauseam. Women add diversity to the workspace so don't feel bad for not "fitting in" in an office full of men. You bring something unique that the company needs to succeed so be yourself and follow your instincts.

The writer makes clear she wants to buck the stereotypes of women in business books but tends to lean on them heavily to support herself being a "stronger businesswoman."

I don't recommend it.

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  • Kinga
  • 29-01-17

A must read for every woman

Not to be missed for any woman who wants to take charge of her life and career.

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  • Micheem
  • 09-11-17

Great advice & insights narrated well.

This is definitely one of the better books on women in business I've heard/read. Sometimes when I'm listening to these types of audiobooks, I can get distracted and feel like I didn't miss anything, but with this one, I consciously pushed pause when I found myself not paying attention. To me, that's a sign I'm fully engaged in learning from the author!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-19

Super inspiring

Sallie is a total boss! She’s so smart and inspiring. I love her outlook and I’m looking into Ellevest now.

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  • Yu
  • 22-06-19

Interesting personal story, too much promotion for her businesses

The author’s personal story is interesting and her accomplishment impressive. However half the book is about her two startups and reads like sales pitch (although it’s not exactly selling their service, but she’s promoting networking and financial management disproportionally). Not every reader is so interested in those specific topics.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-19

brilliant

a real life way to look at gender diversity and how it affects all of us. Love it. I am changed

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  • Jolina St. Pierre
  • 08-02-19

Excellent Advice

The book wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be, but it definitely had some great advice, financial and career-wise. I definitely recommend to any woman out there. Single or otherwise.

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  • magdalen galvez
  • 28-01-19

buenisimo

un gran libro, honestidad y buenos consejos con beneficios para todos no solo mujeres. ojala todas las jóvenes y mujeres puedan leeerlo.

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  • BT
  • 25-01-19

Awesome book...I really enjoyed it

This book was a real eye opener. It made me realize some things about myself and experiences that I never thought were issues. Can't wait to start using my power.