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Executive Presence: The Missing Link between Merit and Success | [Sylvia Ann Hewlett]

Executive Presence: The Missing Link between Merit and Success

Do you exude confidence and credibility? Can you command a room? Sylvia Ann Hewlett, one of the world's most influential business thinkers, cracks the code of Executive Presence (EP) for men and women intent on winning the next plum assignment and doing something extraordinary with their lives. You might have the qualifications to be considered for your dream job, but you won't get far unless you can signal that you're "leadership material" and that you "have what it takes."
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Do you exude confidence and credibility? Can you command a room? Sylvia Ann Hewlett, one of the world's most influential business thinkers, cracks the code of Executive Presence (EP) for men and women intent on winning the next plum assignment and doing something extraordinary with their lives.

You might have the qualifications to be considered for your dream job, but you won't get far unless you can signal that you're "leadership material" and that you "have what it takes". Professionals are judged on presence as well as on performance.

Using a wealth of hard data - including a new nationwide survey and dozens of focus groups - Hewlett reveals EP to be a dynamic mix of three things: How you act (gravitas), how you speak (communication), and how you look (appearance). She also draws on in-depth interviews with a wide selection of admired leaders to reveal how they embody and deploy key elements of EP.

This book is immensely practical. Hewlett teases out tactics that can help you raise your game and close the gap between merit and success. She offers the unvarnished advice you won't get from supportive friends and tackles head-on such touchy subjects as too-tight clothing and too-shrill voices. She shows how the standards for EP vary for men, women, multicultural, and LGBT employees, and she shares how to get meaningful feedback from politically correct bosses intent on avoiding the real issues.

The good news is that EP is eminently teachable. You can learn how to "show teeth" while remaining likable, and you can teach yourself how to dress appropriately while staying true to yourself. You don't have to be born with the voice of James Earl Jones or the looks of Angelina Jolie to hurdle the EP bar. With hard facts and vivid examples, Hewlett shows you how to ace EP and fully realize your unique potential - no matter who you are, no matter where you work.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


©2014 Sylvia Ann Hewlett (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jeffrey 08-27-14
    Jeffrey 08-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Speaking Truth To The Rest Of Us!"

    As a African Americans man in business, I found this book to be relevant information for me or anyone seriously contemplating tangible steps they can take in thought and action to progressively improve their station in life. The author, in clear descriptive language makes accessible to us all, the challenges we face when arriving in a corporate community from disperse backgrounds and points of view. She lays out before our eyes a clear alternative perspectives that can be adopted, to inform our decision making, and improve or relationships skills with others, while simultaneously positioning ourselves for career advancement. It seems as though no stone is left untund. She safely approaches and brings you through, difficult and sometimes controversial topics. Leaving you with a pleasant feeling of enjoyment and a since of accomplishment. One of my best reads this year.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry North Brunswick, NJ, United States 07-19-14
    Jerry North Brunswick, NJ, United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Focuses too much on how to dress and woman issues"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book generally. While entertaining, it did not have mind blowing insight for me personally. The author focuses heavily on woman's issues and the differences in executive presence for woman as compared to men. Also the author overly focuses on how to dress, and repeats many of the same points. The rest of the book is enjoyable if you can get past the comments above.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Grace N. 04-06-15
    Grace N. 04-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"

    Covers everything a woman needs to know to be a leading executive in the workplace. Certainly addressed my challenges. Recommended!

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    Rachel Williams 03-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great tips for women on the dynamics of presence!"

    The way you dress, carry yourself, interject, tone of voice, etc. all play a part in how you are perceived and received in the workplace and in life. You may not want to admit it but the only way to win the game is to play.

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    Ngoc 01-17-15
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    This book is heavy on EP for women and minorities. Not recommended for white males, which according to the book already have an EP advantage.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon McKinney 11-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you try another book from Sylvia Ann Hewlett and/or Rosalind Ashford?

    The information itself was not bad; however, it took hours of time to get to the few relevant and helpful points. There seemed to be a slow, gradual build to information that is very common sense. If you feel you are completely unaware from an interpersonal standpoint - might make good reason. For everyone else - get a copy of a one page summary. Also a bit pompous and overly complex vocabulary for no apparent reason other than to show distance between author and average reader.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sylvia Ann Hewlett again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Vocabulary came across as needlessly pompous


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes - the research itself was good, particularly if you are female and new in the workplace


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Bohanon 07-22-14
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    "The parts are better than the whole"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book would be most enjoyed by a female looking to get into executive management or politics.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sylvia Ann Hewlett again?

    Maybe.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More inflection in the reader's voice. The monotone British accent made the book seem more boring than it actually was.


    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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