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An empowering career guide featuring bold advice from 50 high-profile women on how to succeed in work, leadership and life You don't have to be a #Girlboss or "lean in" to have a dream career and live a life you love. In Work It, CEO of Likeable Media and popular podcast host Carrie Kerpen shares lessons from her career and an "advisory board" of powerful women in a wide rang An empowering career guide featuring bold advice from 50 high-profile women on how to succeed in work, leadership and life You don't have to be a #Girlboss or "lean in" to have a dream career and live a life you love. In Work It, CEO of Likeable Media and popular podcast host Carrie Kerpen shares lessons from her career and an "advisory board" of powerful women in a wide range of industries to help women everywhere make their aspirations a reality. Packed with actionable tips and stories from the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, Aliza Licht, and Reshma Saujani, this inspiring book reveals their counterintuitive secrets for success, including: - How and when to say "no" - whether it's a dream job that just isn't the right cultural fit or a low salary proposal, as well as when to say "yes" - How to make your career work for you and your family rather than the other way around - How to develop your own FAB PAB (Fabulous Personal Advisory Board) - a support network of women - rather than work with a single mentor - The importance of talking openly about money - from job offer negotiations and cash flow management, to fundraising venture capital dollars With advice on everything from mastering social media to navigating office politics and the seemingly impossible work/life balance, Work It arms every woman with the courage and skills to achieve success and happiness on her terms.


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An empowering career guide featuring bold advice from 50 high-profile women on how to succeed in work, leadership and life You don't have to be a #Girlboss or "lean in" to have a dream career and live a life you love. In Work It, CEO of Likeable Media and popular podcast host Carrie Kerpen shares lessons from her career and an "advisory board" of powerful women in a wide rang An empowering career guide featuring bold advice from 50 high-profile women on how to succeed in work, leadership and life You don't have to be a #Girlboss or "lean in" to have a dream career and live a life you love. In Work It, CEO of Likeable Media and popular podcast host Carrie Kerpen shares lessons from her career and an "advisory board" of powerful women in a wide range of industries to help women everywhere make their aspirations a reality. Packed with actionable tips and stories from the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, Aliza Licht, and Reshma Saujani, this inspiring book reveals their counterintuitive secrets for success, including: - How and when to say "no" - whether it's a dream job that just isn't the right cultural fit or a low salary proposal, as well as when to say "yes" - How to make your career work for you and your family rather than the other way around - How to develop your own FAB PAB (Fabulous Personal Advisory Board) - a support network of women - rather than work with a single mentor - The importance of talking openly about money - from job offer negotiations and cash flow management, to fundraising venture capital dollars With advice on everything from mastering social media to navigating office politics and the seemingly impossible work/life balance, Work It arms every woman with the courage and skills to achieve success and happiness on her terms.

30 review for Work It: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    It's a well-organized book. Much of the advise is also quite useful, but I think the book's lay-out is it's main selling point. It is attractively done, and it's easy to keep track of the tips, exercises, etc. that the reader may want to remember and/or refer back to. I also enjoyed the Case Studies. My copy of this book was obtained from a Goodreads giveaway and I would recommend it to any woman in the business world, especially those just entering the business workforce. It's a well-organized book. Much of the advise is also quite useful, but I think the book's lay-out is it's main selling point. It is attractively done, and it's easy to keep track of the tips, exercises, etc. that the reader may want to remember and/or refer back to. I also enjoyed the Case Studies. My copy of this book was obtained from a Goodreads giveaway and I would recommend it to any woman in the business world, especially those just entering the business workforce.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    On the whole, this was okay. There is some good advice in the summaries, but the stories of the various women felt very cursory . A lot of "and then she just buckled down and turned the whole company around" which leaves you feeling like you didn't get much of the story at all. It feels like the author just spoke to each interviewee for 10 minutes on the phone. I wanted more meat to these stories. I was also pretty appalled at the author's defense and excuse of Justine Sacco's super dumb racist t On the whole, this was okay. There is some good advice in the summaries, but the stories of the various women felt very cursory . A lot of "and then she just buckled down and turned the whole company around" which leaves you feeling like you didn't get much of the story at all. It feels like the author just spoke to each interviewee for 10 minutes on the phone. I wanted more meat to these stories. I was also pretty appalled at the author's defense and excuse of Justine Sacco's super dumb racist tweet- she was the one who tweeted, "going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding, I'm white!" Kerpen uses this as an example of a youthful, foolhardy social media mistake that could haunt you later. And excuses the racism by claiming it was not racism (thanks white lady, for deeming yourself the sole arbiter) because she has black friends and family, how could it be racist? Sorry, but white people don't get to decide what's racist. The joke punches down. At black people. And AIDS victims. It's horrible and she deserves all the backlash. But Kerpen thinks she's a lovely young lady who just said the wrong thing in the wrong place. Which says a lot about Kerpen. Also, the use of bitmojis and a super girly font in the call-outs is pretty cringe-y. And feels really dated already, even though this book was just published.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I really liked the content, the stories and the tone throughout. I did not like the delivery vehicle though. I felt like the #hashtags and the cartoon characters diminished the incredibly powerful messages and in turn, the powerful women and their stories.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jody Robinson

    I had a very hard time getting through this book. It was more a rah-rah session than practical advice for entrepreneurs or working women. There were some interesting interviews, but focused heavily on the corporate machine. The section on how to dress was particularly bothersome for me, and feeds into the stereotypes of what women “should” do to “fit in.” I am finding more and more professional women embracing themselves and discarding the way women of the past had to comport themselves. Today, I had a very hard time getting through this book. It was more a rah-rah session than practical advice for entrepreneurs or working women. There were some interesting interviews, but focused heavily on the corporate machine. The section on how to dress was particularly bothersome for me, and feeds into the stereotypes of what women “should” do to “fit in.” I am finding more and more professional women embracing themselves and discarding the way women of the past had to comport themselves. Today, an authentically passionate woman in her career with tattoos and combat boots is taken just as seriously by me, perhaps more so, than a woman in stilettos with a fake smile.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Estela

    I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated the different perspectives of every woman in their business/career and all their tips. I would recommend this book to anyone. There are stories about middle aged women starting their career, teens starting theirs early on and women who didn't want to be an entrepreneur but found the right path for themselves. Anyone could see themselves in these stories and benefit from giving it a read. I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated the different perspectives of every woman in their business/career and all their tips. I would recommend this book to anyone. There are stories about middle aged women starting their career, teens starting theirs early on and women who didn't want to be an entrepreneur but found the right path for themselves. Anyone could see themselves in these stories and benefit from giving it a read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I generally don't like books like this, but I liked this one more than I thought. This book has a great deal of practical advice for career women. The author is in marketing and I think this book would be particularly valuable for women in marketing. I generally don't like books like this, but I liked this one more than I thought. This book has a great deal of practical advice for career women. The author is in marketing and I think this book would be particularly valuable for women in marketing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Just another white woman telling you how to succeed in your career. I wouldn't write it off completely- some tips were helpful here and there. But I won't really recommend it or anything, I think there are better books out there. Just another white woman telling you how to succeed in your career. I wouldn't write it off completely- some tips were helpful here and there. But I won't really recommend it or anything, I think there are better books out there.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne Chance

    This was a very quick read — I finished it in a day because all of the stories were so captivating yet also relatable. I love how the book encourages you to Work It in a way that is both comfortable and authentic to you as an individual. The author’s confessions of introversion and how she never let that hold her back make her all the more likeable. I would recommend the book to other women as I think there are highly useful tips no matter what stage you are in your career.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carina Young

    I loved this book. Funny and relevant advice about succeeding in the working world, especially touching on the challenges women face. And very interesting to read about the experiences of so many successful women and how they made some of their life decisions.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Have confidence is basically the message here, and the methods of how are pretty typical for these types of books. The individual stories are nice and made this feel like not a total waste but I've read most of this before in different formats. Have confidence is basically the message here, and the methods of how are pretty typical for these types of books. The individual stories are nice and made this feel like not a total waste but I've read most of this before in different formats.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Meredith

    I listened to the audio version of this book, read by the author. There is quite a variety of stories of real women and their journeys in the business world. A lot of great take aways that are inspiring and motivating.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Raledaili

    Very inspiring stories from women across different fields. However there’s no storyline for the book and some of the ideas are duplicated with different versions.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Neha Agarwal

    Loved this book! It is simple read that gives helpful and very important tips to be successful at work and home, to become a better version of yourself.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kate Evans

    Smart presentation of how 'Boldest' is a necessary component to success for women (and men) in the workplace. Thanks so much for this book! Smart presentation of how 'Boldest' is a necessary component to success for women (and men) in the workplace. Thanks so much for this book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Cole

    Some good moments but largely reads like some corporate version of chicken soup for the female careerist.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Easy and quick read with some good notes. Not everything was valuable to me right this second in my life/career but I can definitely see myself coming back to parts of this book over time.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie H.

    Kerpen's Work It: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business is an interesting, entertaining, and informative read that allows one to glean a ton of information in a format that is part conversation-with-a-friend/candid mentor and, only occasionally, part workbook. The book is full of anecdotes from notable women in assorted fields with tangible lessons that are readily transferred to other professions. As one might imagine given the author's background, examples are heavy on the mar Kerpen's Work It: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business is an interesting, entertaining, and informative read that allows one to glean a ton of information in a format that is part conversation-with-a-friend/candid mentor and, only occasionally, part workbook. The book is full of anecdotes from notable women in assorted fields with tangible lessons that are readily transferred to other professions. As one might imagine given the author's background, examples are heavy on the marketing and social media end of the business and entertainment spectrum. Work It . . . is divided into three parts: (1) Work It Professionally, (2) Work it Passionately, and (3) Work it Practically. Among the memorable lessons I most appreciated were: --when creating your "bench" (as I think of it), or FAB PAB (fabulous personal advisory board) as Kerpen frames it, it's always crucial to ask yourself how you can help them, too; --that not everyone is an entrepreneur, and whether you're an entre-, intra-, or nontrepreneur, there are times and strategies for each of these things; --that we need to trust our gut (our instincts); --that women need to learn to brag (not in an obnoxious way) about ourselves; and --that we need to teach girls bravery, not perfection. That last item may be my tied for first place favorite of all of her recommendations. The second, is her observation that "When you come across a problem that 'only you' can solve, that's your ego talking. Step back and find another solution" (p. 144). All told, this is a quick and interesting read, and I strongly recommend it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Carrie gives actionable advice and stories from "the boldest women in business" in an organized story format. Many of the stories in this book are high level and don't dive into the nitty gritty as much as I wanted but still give the end advice. Some of my favorite advice: -Choose wisely. Who you work for is just as important as what you do. -Learn to love getting rejected. It helps you move on to bigger and better things. -What key decisions would you make today if you weren't worried about lookin Carrie gives actionable advice and stories from "the boldest women in business" in an organized story format. Many of the stories in this book are high level and don't dive into the nitty gritty as much as I wanted but still give the end advice. Some of my favorite advice: -Choose wisely. Who you work for is just as important as what you do. -Learn to love getting rejected. It helps you move on to bigger and better things. -What key decisions would you make today if you weren't worried about looking like a bitch? Try making it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This is a book to help women in business. It is written by a woman who has a popular podcast and runs a social media marketing business. She interviews other successful businesswomen for her podcast, and she has assembled the stories from these women into this book to provide advice to other women. I think it is a really good book, and written in a very accessible way. There is a lot of good advice and things to think about in this book especially for the modern, internet world that we are livin This is a book to help women in business. It is written by a woman who has a popular podcast and runs a social media marketing business. She interviews other successful businesswomen for her podcast, and she has assembled the stories from these women into this book to provide advice to other women. I think it is a really good book, and written in a very accessible way. There is a lot of good advice and things to think about in this book especially for the modern, internet world that we are living in. I won this copy in one of the Goodreads giveaways.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cara Meiselman

    I devoured this book in just three days. This book was relatable, relevant and full of amazing tips to help women in their careers. Whether you're a recent grad looking for your first job or a person who has an established career, there is something in here for everyone. I found myself taking lots of notes in the margins. Highly recommend! I devoured this book in just three days. This book was relatable, relevant and full of amazing tips to help women in their careers. Whether you're a recent grad looking for your first job or a person who has an established career, there is something in here for everyone. I found myself taking lots of notes in the margins. Highly recommend!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mabel

    This was a great women empowerment book. The real-life stories of working women who have experienced success and their challenges on the way are relatable. Carrie's tips and life lessons, I believe, are enlightening. This was a great women empowerment book. The real-life stories of working women who have experienced success and their challenges on the way are relatable. Carrie's tips and life lessons, I believe, are enlightening.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chelsie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Betty

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Miller

  30. 5 out of 5

    Camryn Larissey

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