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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

#BookReview: 7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards + #HeForShe Solidarity Action Kit


I received this book, 7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards, at the Google UK Black History Month event a few months ago. The book was gifted to the audience by Dr. Thompson herself.

I ended up keeping the book in my work bag and reading it on my daily commute. It felt like an inspiring book to read as I got on with my daily grind.

The point in the book that resonated with me the most was the use of a performance coach, a career coach or an executive coach as mentioned by several of the high-ranking women interviewed in the Overviews on Education section of the book. I will add the career coach option to my career arsenal moving forward. I think it is an excellent strategy for continuous professional development and one that had not been on my radar in the past.

Sometimes when you read professional development or self-help books, it feels like endless prose regurgitating ideas that are intuitive or so basic you wonder who exactly the audience might be. I was happy to find this career coach nugget within the pages of this work and details on why the women chose to work with one.  


An additional point that comes up in the book, that I do agree with, is that male counterparts are often times more of an advocate to women professionals, more so than other women in the workforce. I'd be interested to read more about how we might disrupt that dynamic, so that women can see other women as allies and supporters as opposed to competitors.

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Yvonne Thompson CBE and her work click here.

If you are interested in learning more about #HeForShe, a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity (men) in support of the other half of humanity (women) for the benefit of all, click here.

Download the #HeForShe Action Kit here.
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