A solid and insightful guide to succeeding as a woman in business.

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HOW WOMEN IN CHARGE CLAIM THEIR AUTHORITY

A veteran coach offers guidance to women in corporate roles.

In this debut business book, Snee draws on her doctoral research in psychology, her work as the founder and principal of a woman-focused consulting firm, and her years on the staff of a large corporation—in addition to her 18 years as a Roman Catholic nun—to provide advice to women who aspire to professional leadership roles. The volume takes readers through the process of understanding their own interests, motivations, and abilities; addresses specific skills like resilience and financial literacy that are crucial for leaders; advises readers to develop and strengthen strategic relationships within their organizations, throughout their broader networks, and with female subordinates; and explores what the concept of “executive presence” means when the executive is a woman. The narrative is a blend of general observations, insights from Snee’s personal and professional experiences—a lengthy digression into what her research revealed about women and speech patterns is particularly intriguing—and anecdotes from many of the women she has advised. These clients learned to claim responsibility for their own accomplishments, oversee projects that are relevant to their balance sheets, and communicate effectively at all levels. Each chapter ends with a summary of key points and a list of action items, both for self-reflecting and for implementing the book's advice in the workplace (“Pay attention when your inner-critic voice appears, and process it in writing after the fact”).

Snee writes that women need a “cheering section” to remind them of their accomplishments and push them into new and challenging roles. Through this book, she serves as a cheering section for readers, explaining how women can take ownership of their interactions and career trajectories and achieve their goals while emphasizing the work they need to do to reach them. The volume is wide-ranging despite its brevity and does an excellent job of explaining concepts without belaboring them. The writing is solid, and the narrative is cohesive. The author’s experience with a religious vocation gives her a unique perspective (for instance, her guidance on self-awareness is shaped by her training in St. Ignatius Loyola’s practice of discernment), but her overall approach is secular. While the general thrust of the book is similar to many other works on women’s leadership, Snee’s insights into minor but significant topics like word choice and hierarchical relationships distinguish the volume from its peers. The manual is strengthened by the author’s acknowledgement of its limitations. She notes in the introduction that as a White woman whose clients are mostly White, her knowledge of the particular challenges women of color face in pursuing leadership roles is more theoretical than practical. Still, when she returns to the topic in detail toward the end of the volume, she is both thoughtful and informed on the subject. The book focuses on women pursuing corporate careers, though most of Snee’s counsel is broadly applicable to other fields as well.

A solid and insightful guide to succeeding as a woman in business.

Pub Date: yesterday

ISBN: 978-1-64-742070-3

Page Count: 184

Publisher: She Writes Press

Review Posted Online: July 28, 2021

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Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our...

THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

A psychologist and Nobel Prize winner summarizes and synthesizes the recent decades of research on intuition and systematic thinking.

The author of several scholarly texts, Kahneman (Emeritus Psychology and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.) now offers general readers not just the findings of psychological research but also a better understanding of how research questions arise and how scholars systematically frame and answer them. He begins with the distinction between System 1 and System 2 mental operations, the former referring to quick, automatic thought, the latter to more effortful, overt thinking. We rely heavily, writes, on System 1, resorting to the higher-energy System 2 only when we need or want to. Kahneman continually refers to System 2 as “lazy”: We don’t want to think rigorously about something. The author then explores the nuances of our two-system minds, showing how they perform in various situations. Psychological experiments have repeatedly revealed that our intuitions are generally wrong, that our assessments are based on biases and that our System 1 hates doubt and despises ambiguity. Kahneman largely avoids jargon; when he does use some (“heuristics,” for example), he argues that such terms really ought to join our everyday vocabulary. He reviews many fundamental concepts in psychology and statistics (regression to the mean, the narrative fallacy, the optimistic bias), showing how they relate to his overall concerns about how we think and why we make the decisions that we do. Some of the later chapters (dealing with risk-taking and statistics and probabilities) are denser than others (some readers may resent such demands on System 2!), but the passages that deal with the economic and political implications of the research are gripping.

Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-374-27563-1

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: Sept. 4, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2011

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Smart, engaging sportswriting—good reading for organization builders as well as Pats fans.

THE DYNASTY

Action-packed tale of the building of the New England Patriots over the course of seven decades.

Prolific writer Benedict has long blended two interests—sports and business—and the Patriots are emblematic of both. Founded in 1959 as the Boston Patriots, the team built a strategic home field between that city and Providence. When original owner Billy Sullivan sold the flailing team in 1988, it was $126 million in the hole, a condition so dire that “Sullivan had to beg the NFL to release emergency funds so he could pay his players.” Victor Kiam, the razor magnate, bought the long since renamed New England Patriots, but rival Robert Kraft bought first the parking lots and then the stadium—and “it rankled Kiam that he bore all the risk as the owner of the team but virtually all of the revenue that the team generated went to Kraft.” Check and mate. Kraft finally took over the team in 1994. Kraft inherited coach Bill Parcells, who in turn brought in star quarterback Drew Bledsoe, “the Patriots’ most prized player.” However, as the book’s nimbly constructed opening recounts, in 2001, Bledsoe got smeared in a hit “so violent that players along the Patriots sideline compared the sound of the collision to a car crash.” After that, it was backup Tom Brady’s team. Gridiron nerds will debate whether Brady is the greatest QB and Bill Belichick the greatest coach the game has ever known, but certainly they’ve had their share of controversy. The infamous “Deflategate” incident of 2015 takes up plenty of space in the late pages of the narrative, and depending on how you read between the lines, Brady was either an accomplice or an unwitting beneficiary. Still, as the author writes, by that point Brady “had started in 223 straight regular-season games,” an enviable record on a team that itself has racked up impressive stats.

Smart, engaging sportswriting—good reading for organization builders as well as Pats fans.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-982134-10-5

Page Count: 592

Publisher: Avid Reader Press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020

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