Own It: The Power of Women at Work authored by Sallie Krawcheck

Book Title: Own It: The Power of Women at Work

Author: Sallie Krawcheck

Synopsis:

A Wall Street Journal and Washington Post Bestseller, Own It is a new kind of career playbook for a new era of feminism, offering women a new set of rules for professional success: one that plays to their strengths and builds on the power they already have.

Weren’t women supposed to have “arrived”? Perhaps with the nation’s first female President, equal pay on the horizon, true diversity in the workplace to come thereafter? Or, at least the end of “fat-shaming” and “locker room talk”?

Well, we aren’t quite there yet. But does that mean that progress for women in business has come to a screeching halt? It’s true that the old rules didn’t get us as far as we hoped. But we can go the distance, and we can close the gaps that still exist. We just need a new way.

In fact, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future, says former Wall Street powerhouse-turned-entrepreneur Sallie Krawcheck. That’s because the business world is changing fast –driven largely by technology – and it’s changing in ways that give us more power and opportunities than ever…and even more than we yet realize.

Success for professional women will no longer be about trying to compete at the men’s version of the game, she says. And it will no longer be about contorting ourselves to men’s expectations of how powerful people behave. Instead, it’s about embracing and investing in our innate strengths as women – and bringing them proudly and unapologetically, to work.

When we do, she says, we gain the power to advance in our careers in more natural ways. We gain the power to initiate courageous conversations in the workplace. We gain the power to forge non-traditional career paths; to leave companies that don’t respect our worth, and instead, go start our own. And we gain the power to invest our economic muscle in making our lives, and the world, better.

Here Krawcheck draws on her experiences at the highest levels of business, both as one of the few women at the top rungs of the biggest boy’s club in the world, and as an entrepreneur, to show women how to seize this seismic shift in power to take their careers to the next level.

This change is real, and it’s coming fast. It’s time to own it.

My cat Kiwi loves to cuddle beside me when I started reading this book!

Review:

I am a wife, mom, and a homemaker. And I am also a woman who works. I have been since the age of 16 (when I started modeling on the side while pursuing my college degree). And I pursued a career right after receiving my undergraduate degree. I have worked in both the East and West side of the globe and in a few industries, from journalism/broadcasting, consumer products, high technology, robotics, and healthcare. I say this because there is a level of expectation I have set when I started reading this book.

Did it meet it? Not exactly. But I will not call the read a fail. Quite the opposite actually. It is just a different perspective. A different experience, from perhaps Ms. Krawcheck’s background in Finance.

Do not get me wrong. I absolutely admire the author. She is accomplished, driven, intuitive, and very adept. She has made a mark in the Finance industry (i.e. She already held positions as CFO and CEO for the Citigroup’s group of companies) and has been covered by reputable publications (i.e. Fortune Magazine described her “The Last Honest Analyst.”). Her accolades leaves one in awe.

At the start of her book she premises on her experience during the Financial crisis. It is intriguing to hear an insider’s point of view, yet very compelling on how she uses her intuition and exercises her integrity to help clients, instead of the narcissistic acts of her colleagues. I was intrigued as I started to read up on her story.

But as the pages unfolded and she continued on, I began to question how her advice can apply to me. Her words of wisdom echo a few of the empowering business books I have read. The message is not something new, just told from a different perspective. And I do appreciate this intriguing narrative as she tries to explain how one must ‘own it’.

But there are areas I am unable to relate.

I work in a corporate setting. I have male colleagues.  But when I work I do not typically imagine or spend time thinking what my advantages over them because I am a woman. Perhaps I was lucky. I rarely had any situation where I had to work in a male centric environment. I simply look at everyone as my peer. Or, if I look up to their work ethic and values, saw them as mentors.

However, if you are in that type of male-dominated ambiance I do believe this book will be very helpful to you. You will easily relate. You can learn from the lessons. And you will feel empowered. Ms. Krawcheck shares stories how one can overcome trials, challenges, and tense situations in a workplace. She bravely tells you the type of sexual harassment she had to endure. All of these are lessons we women can learn from.

One of the valuable message she imparts….learn how to network…IN PERSON…regularly! It is of great benefit to you.

I do believe this is true. It is so easy to use social media tools to keep in touch, but nothing is quite like meeting up for coffee, a casual lunch, happy hour, or even dinner. Life is generally busy. And I certainly fall victim into trying to balance all my tasks, responsibilities, and family time. But I do try, at least once a week to connect with family and friends I value.

My goal, after reading Sallie Krawcheck’s book is to extend that network even further to co-workers and acquaintances. 

Have you read this book? What is your own review?

58 Responses to Own It: The Power of Women at Work

  1. robin masshole mommy says:

    That sounds like an awesome read. I need to grab a copy of this book and dig in!!

  2. GlamKaren says:

    I’ve seen this book but havent yet been drawn to read it. I like your review on her different perspective. I think its probably great to just get more opinions and observations out there to make some positive change.

  3. Shayli says:

    I haven’t read this but it seems like a book I need to read. Sounds awesome

  4. This sounds like a great read. I’m so inspired by women creating their own awesome business power these days. For anyone interested in a book like this, don’t forget your awesome comedienne powerhouses like Tina Fey’s Bossypants!

  5. I’m not much of a reader myself. This book does look like an interesting read. I may try it.

  6. morgancunnin says:

    I adore it when other strong women help pave the path and inspire more women.

  7. Timely book, as we’re supposed be expecting another dip into a bear market. Looks like an interesting read.

  8. Ana De-Jesus says:

    It is amazing that she has achieved so much but I have to agree I read the book as well and did not relate to her comments on the working environment. Maybe because like you it has never been an issue thus far? x

  9. planningthemagic says:

    Interesting read it seems. I appreciate your very real review of it. I feel as you do, I see everyone as peers.

  10. Heather says:

    I haven’t read the book, but I imagine my review would be similar to yours. In my experience I have never felt less than because I wasn’t a man at work.

  11. This sounds like a book that’s right up my street! I love reading about inspirational people and have really enjoyed Tim Ferris’ book too. Appreciate your honest review:) x

  12. cvnxena says:

    This sounds like a fantastic read and definitely one I need to add to my list! I really struggle with in person networking so definitely something to work on!

  13. I may have to pick this up. It’s sad we still live in a world where women are trying differently solely because of their gender. I hope the gap closes more and more as time goes on.

  14. Sona Sethi says:

    Great book review. I look reading from inspiring authors especially those from women at work. I would surely give this a shot.

  15. That seems a very interesting read, i will definitely have to check it out! Networking is something that is new and hard for me so it would be perfect!

  16. This looks like a really good book to read for all the women out there because networking is so important for succeeding in any given field!

  17. After choosing to leave 15 year corporate world career to embrace self-employment and family life I am unsure if I would enjoy her perspective. Networking is crucial in every aspect of life but especially so in corporate world. Curios to know if she has kids?

  18. this sounds like a great book! I am about to probably go back to work, so this is peobably something I need to read.

  19. Stace Werner says:

    I am going to have to give this a read. If it impressed you, with your background, it should be a heck of a read for me.

  20. Melissa says:

    I am no longer in the corporate world so a book like this doesn’t exactly apply to what I deal with on a day to day basis. That being said I would love to read about a woman achieving success in a male dominated field like finance.

  21. Lydia says:

    I always enjoy reading book reviews, I’d like to check this book out. Sounds great!

  22. reesann723 says:

    Oh this sounds like a wonderful, inspiring read! I need to find it and check it out! I could use a little motivation!!

  23. nmetolen75 says:

    This sounds like an intriguing read! I think it’s great to have different perspectives of women in the workforce, even if you couldn’t really relate to the whole book.

  24. Kristin says:

    Embrace and invest in your inner strengths…I just love that! Why should we conform? There’s no one definition of power!

  25. The Everyday Mom Life says:

    This sounds like a great book. I think most of this can apply to so many parts of life that aren’t 9-5 jobs too.

  26. victoria says:

    Sounds like an amazing read!

  27. While I haven’t read this book I can relate to being treated differently because I was female. I work in the ad biz and it still has that good ole boys mentality sometimes. Men are paid better and treated better. I actually remember a male counterpart of mine getting his review and promotion before me and I was hired before him. Later, I was also taken off a male centric account, which I helped build, for a female centric account.

  28. Thank you so much for your honest feedback and insight about this book. I will also double check and add it on my reading list and I hope I will enjoy it.

  29. Krystle Cook says:

    This definitely looks like something that I need to read! It looks like it would be a big help.

  30. OvenStruck says:

    I have not read this book yet. I can tell you that I have worked in male dominated field my entire life up until about 5 years ago. I won’t say all men, but the majority of men, those who realize you know your “stuff” they treat as equal. Then you have the others that are completely intimidated by your knowledge. I guess there are three types because you also have the butts who are still stuck in chauvinism. I guess this could also apply to the women. I generally had a harder time with them which was crazy lol

  31. Carolyn says:

    I listened to an interview with this author on a podcast and really liked her. I can see how some of her advice doesn’t apply to all fields.

  32. I have not heard about this book yet but it’s an interesting topic. When I worked in corporate America, I was lucky to not have felt like this.

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