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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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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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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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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.