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How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

I have come to enjoy Marshall Goldsmith. In his latest effort, with co-author Sally Helgesen, he reprises a theme that he used successfully in “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”. In that book he listed twenty habits that were likely to derail a career. In this book, the co-authors list the twelve habits that particularly affect women. I wrote last month that even though the book was written for women, men will likely find much in the book to take away.

For instance: have you felt stuck in your career? Passed up for a promotion, raise, or simply feeling that your hard work is going unnoticed? I know I have. I have worked with clients who often share these same experiences. Everyone has bad habits that stunt career growth. “How Women Rise” lists twelve habits that could be limiting career growth for women. The stand out habits? 1) Expecting others to spontaneously notice and reward your hard work; 2) Failing to enlist allies from day one; and 3) The disease to please.

The book contains case studies, rich in detail and easily absorbed. Each chapter adds suggestions on how to break the habit that could be hindering your career. Helgesen and Goldsmith’s years of experience shine. I had several “AHA!” moments. If you are female, you must read this book. Men you will not only be able to relate to many of the habits, but will also have a better understanding of their female counterparts. It is a highly recommended read.


Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith


Hachette Books



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