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Work Like a Woman

Narrated by: Mary Portas
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Work Like a Woman, written and read by Mary Portas.

By most people’s standards I would say I’ve had a pretty good career. I’ve reached the top of the ‘ladder’ and been lucky enough to have had a damned good life. But at what cost? 

At the cost of who I truly was. 

I played the business game for years, where the rules were set by men for men. I was tough and aggressive. I put in long hours, was competitive and resilient. But I suppressed my natural energy, sensitivity and instinct. I worked like this until I couldn’t any more. And then I changed. 

My team and I rebuilt my business on the values that matter: collaboration, empathy, instinct and trust. Values not always associated with leadership or winning but which have made every one of us feel good.  

Now I want to share what I’ve learned through my own experiences, and am still learning, to change the way you work so that female energy and power will be seen as the most valuable currency in today’s new world of work. 

It’s time to create an unstoppable force for change. A feminine force. 

It’s time to #WorkLikeAWoman. 

©2018 Mary Portas (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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A compulsory for young women and men

Not sure about how to be a feminist - or why? This book gives you a lot of key starter info and acts as a great why and how to guide. Good food for thought and also empowering. Relevant for all industries.

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Just brilliant!

I loved this book from beginning to end. What an inspiring story and it a rallying cry to women that the toxic masculinity we have to deal with at work every day AND outside of work is NOT OK. And there are things we can do about it. So wonderful to hear the journey of someone as successful as Mary Portas and how powerful it was when she started to tune and listen to herself and her intuition. Female power is what we need more of in the world. Thank you Mary for showing us the way!

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highly recommend

highly recommend. I loved it, really liked the voice and content. already recommended to friends

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Work Like a Woman

I really wish this book was just called "Work" - everyone should read it

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I like her authenticity

Really enjoyed the perspectives that Mary provides and how definite she is. I like that she references her use of intuition within alpha environments too.

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Incredible

Loved it! Was a very good listen. This is we. I really enjoyed all of it.

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Absolutely Brillant - Everyone should have a copy!

Absolutely loved this, I can't recommend it highly enough. As a woman who has a small child and a career, I fully subscribe to the kindness economy. Mary has painted a picture of a world work that can work so much better for us. So often I've thought that the traditional 9 till 5 alpha male culture does not work, it's time that we instigated real change. Mary, I'm behind you on this, I just wish your book was a mandatory read for all women and men in the world of work. I also have the paper copy of the book to refer to when I need some inspiration. The audio version is great, a real treat hearing Mary bring the book to life.

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For all ages, great to listen to

I really needed this book at this moment in my life. I’m a creative, dyslexic, working, pregnant mum and since hitting motherhood have struggled in my career. I have other friends in similar situations since hitting motherhood. Long hours and no flexibility. Bullying work behaviour from men and women. I hope this book isn’t the last. I feel like Mary mentors me. I loved the summery at the end and that this book is for all ages. I don’t believe this is a one time read and enjoy the podcasts too. Thank you Mary

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Riding on the wave of a trend.

Feels like Mary Portas is riding on a trend of fem-lit that is having a moment at present. Rightly she should I suppose, trends is what she is good at. There are snippets of interest and snippets of things taken from other books in the genre. Mostly, this is a mildly interesting autobiography, if you are into Portas, and a window into a typical working environment at a British corporation over recent decades. But as Portas herself points out, she very much played the game of fitting-in on her way up and I am not certain that running her own agency at the end of her career is a big enough platform to test her ideas of the success of ‘working like a woman’ she provides at the end. My hopes for the book were maybe a little higher. It ended up being quite average career building advice, but I suppose in this day and age, this might be the best there is for women.

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Work like a human

As a 21 year old male, who was reccomended this book by a 25 year old male, I would like to reccomend this to everyone. I'm just about to gift it to Mum. Work like a woman is for everyone: work like a human.

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This book is a shift of paradigm.

This books brought up so much pain in me just for being who I am, a woman. Everyone should read this book to finally move to a society where women are valued for their talents and for their function of bringing children to this world. The very function we are so badly punished for by the current world we are living in.