I am currently reading, “How Remarkable Women Lead” by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston. Authors are with McKinsey & Company. (ISBN: 978-0-307-46170-4). Although I am only on page 126, I have already read some great stories, gained some insight, and most importantly, motivation. I’d like to share a quick snapshot of what I have enjoyed or quotes I found inspiring so far.
Adaptation is key in the workplace. This don’t always go as we hope, but as women, we are naturally able to adapt. For those who have children, a mother must be able to adapt to changes (tantrum in the store anyone?) Things do not always go as we plan, but that need not be an excuse to derail, crash, and burn.
“Today’s pace of change, organizational complexity, and increasing specialization make adaptability essential for you. Given our multiple roles, women are masters of adaptability at home. Apply this capability in your work, letting go of the agenda when circumstances change.” (p. 77)
“Why don’t you play to your strengths? Stop obsessing over your weaknesses. You’re going to go further if you capitalize on your strengths. Everybody has them.” (41) Quote from the profile of a women sharing her story.
I have enjoyed very much reading this book. As a recently turned 22-year-old full-time business undergrad student, I have found this book to be very inspiring. Women can be much more emotional than men, and hey that is natural. We are, after all, naturally caring (motherly instinct?) It has been suggested that it is because while men (in business) worry more about who is ‘at the top’, women are more concerned with finding meaning and purpose.
This book has helped me look into optimism and ways I can stop myself from beating myself up and being self-conscious about things. It touches relevant topics, such as Meaning, Framing, Connecting, Engaging, Energizing.
“The next time someone who is quick to anger treats you in a negative way, pause before you respond. While it’s natural to return anger for anger, getting upset might start the spiral. Instead, try forgiveness.” (p. 90)
This book is filled with great motivation. It includes stories from women leaders from all around the world. These women have overcome obstacles and have risen in male-dominated fields. Many were also the first female leader of their company. I think this book is a must for women and can be applied in all aspects of our lives.
We have advantages over men that we may have overlooked in the past and this book reminds us how great we really are.
Has anyone else read this book? Would you read it? Why or why not?