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A New York Times best-seller on how women can make it to the top by adopting the new rules of leadership.

Women hold just 11 percent of the most senior-level leadership positions in U.S. Corporations - a number that hasn't changed in over 30 years. How can more women break through? Break Your Own Rules distills the six faulty assumptions (or "rules") most women follow that get in the way, then delivers the correlating new rules that promise to clear a path.

For example, the old rule of "Focus on Others" must be replaced by "Take Center Stage"; "Hard Work Will Get You There" must yield to "Be Politically Savvy". "Play It Safe" must give way to "Play to Win". "Ask Permission" must be replaced by "Proceed Until Apprehended". This book:

  • Features the results of over 1,700 interviews with executives in Fortune 1000 companies, as well as the authors' new research and ongoing work with over 5,000 professional women
  • Showcases previously untold stories from high-profile women, including Ann Moore (CEO, Time Inc.); Susan Ivey (CEO, Reynolds American)' Cathy Bessant (Global Executive for Technology and Operations for Bank of America); Lynn Ford (CEO, ING Solutions); and more
  • Reveals what it really takes for any woman to succeed at the highest levels

This hands-on guide is for women who are ready to transform their assumptions and join the senior ranks of American business.

Foreword by Sharon Allen, Chairman of Deloitte.

©2011 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Important book for working women

I read this book because it was recommended and being discussed by a women's group at work. I'm so glad I did. I can look back and see examples of some of the scenarios that played out in my own career. I now plan to adopt a different way of thinking...new rules, as it were, to deal with some of the challenges. Thanks to the authors for helping me see clearly!

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Eye Opening

Great Book and well put. I will listen to this a few times, thank you.

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Provides inspiration and direction to women

Provides inspiration and direction to women hoping to navigate their careers and life's choices. I enjoyed answering questions in this book about my own performance and behavior. Opened my eyes to areas where I can change and improve. Narration is slightly monotone.

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Great for established career women

This is a great read no matter what level professional you are currently because it will be relevant one day. But, if you are currently in an entry level position in the beginning of your career you won't be able to connect with most of the advice until you're a bit more seasoned and have advanced to a position of leadership.

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Women listen up

What made the experience of listening to Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking that Block Women's Paths to Power the most enjoyable?

Definitely a good purchase. I'm this to my favourites. We women do not speak up enough or feel we are worth of getting what we want. Balanced narration and important content. A good one for the journey.

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Excellent examples to illustrate

What about Elizabeth Wiley’s performance did you like?

Clear speaking

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Stop shying away in the corner!