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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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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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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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Interesting…but needs renaming or a bit of a rewrite

Initially I was enjoying it, but as the book progressed I was disappointed by the repeated emphasis on motherhood, children & partners.
Yes, all of these are important and relevant points of discussion and need to be addressed.
But considering the forthright messages regarding inclusion and equality - I didn’t feel particularly included or equal in much of what was said, being a single woman without children who has cared for elderly relatives for many years.
Given the title of this book, it should have felt just as relevant to me as any other woman, but sadly it didn’t.
Many women choose not to have children, but for others it is sadly not a choice. There was a subtle implication throughout that being a woman equals having children, which for me demonstrated just another bias that we have to face in the workplace.
That said, there are many astute observations on women in the workplace, & it provides useful hints and tips on how to survive and thrive at work.
But, Mary, please, either rename your book or be more inclusive of all women in considering the issues that affect those of us without children and partners!

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Excellent I wish there was more than five stars

This combines a history of Mary’s fascinating career with insights into her personal life with her development of a new way of approaching her work.

She uses what she has implemented with philosophy and ideas on gender equality around the world to suggest ways to create more equality in the workplace and home life.

She shows on how this can benefit men as well as women, those who don’t see themselves in the alpha male structure of traditional work and those who want a bigger role in the life of their children and wider families but feel judged as inferior for this.
Currently shared care for father’s is almost never taken and Mary suggests reasons why this might be and what can be done to change this.

I highly recommend this to everyone. Though the title will appeal more to women the welfare of men in work is fully explored too because valuing feminism in the workplace, values men breaking free of toxic masculinity too.

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Empowering - a must listen!!!

I absolutely loved listening to this book - Mary Portas is thoroughly engaging and entertaining! It speaks to women who need to understand that they are not alone in how they feel and empowers them to take action!

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Empowering

A great listen! Empowering, delightful, relatable, poignant. So glad I went for it, you won’t regret it! Have shared with friends and family 5 . Hang
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A story for all working women …and men

How work is for women of all different ages and how it could be. I hope my company is more Portas than old school rule.
Thank you Mary!

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Didn’t think I’d like this but I did!

I’m a woman and didn’t like the sound of this book as the first thing I thought was “What kind of woman? We’re not a monolith.” I wondered whether the book would be inclusive to women of all ages, in jobs, careers or working in the home, those with children and those who do not have children. I thought the witter did a pretty good job at addressing themes that affected women from all walks of life and came away with some helpful insights.

It’s not just a book for women, either despite the title issues facing men are also discussed. I doubt I would have read this except it was on a book club reading list but I’m happy I did.

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What equality truly means

Mary Portas captures what equality looks like really well without turning it into a female rant. Great story telling, very good and honest viewpoint. Highly recommend!

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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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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.