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HOW WOMEN RISE

BREAK THE 12 HABITS HOLDING YOU BACK FROM YOUR NEXT RAISE, PROMOTION, OR JOB

Leadership coaches counsel professional women on how to free themselves from unproductive patterns of behavior that sabotage their career advancement.

Helgesen (The Web of Inclusion: Architecture for Building Great Organizations, 2005, etc.) and Goldsmith (Management/Dartmouth Tuck School of Business; Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts—Becoming the Person You Want to Be, 2015, etc.) team up in this self-help guide to getting ahead as a woman in male-dominated executive circles. The authors argue that men and women typically present different self-limiting behaviors in business, with women more likely to take on too much work and take too little credit for their achievements. True to the self-help genre, the work assures its readers that they need no outside help or special skills beyond their eagerness to advance. The practical approach encourages women to develop a greater self-awareness of their worst behaviors and then stop doing them. The list of errors to eradicate range from the predictable (negativity) to the unexpected (“overvaluing expertise”), and the authors emphasize that some of the behaviors, including perfectionism, might have served women well earlier in their careers. Helgesen and Goldsmith’s collective coaching style abounds with positive energy, and the brisk lessons alternate with anonymous anecdotes from real-life clients. Of the 12 bad habits holding women back, they suggest that readers take aim at two or three of their own most damaging tendencies rather than address them all. Stopping short of suggesting how women might proceed differently than men once they become leaders, the authors advise the ambitious to begin with what lies solely under their control, eliminating the negative consequences of habitual, often unconscious behaviors in order to gain the power to affect much larger conversations. They offer the kind of advice that women further along in their careers might wish they had known, from sidestepping the pitfalls of negative office culture to leveraging alliances with co-workers.

A concise, upbeat guide for women who have grown bored or impatient with their positions as well as for those new to the professional world and its leadership roles.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-316-44012-7

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Hachette

Review Posted Online: Feb. 6, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2018

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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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CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

A French academic serves up a long, rigorous critique, dense with historical data, of American-style predatory capitalism—and offers remedies that Karl Marx might applaud.

Economist Piketty considers capital, in the monetary sense, from the vantage of what he considers the capital of the world, namely Paris; at times, his discussions of how capital works, and especially public capital, befit Locke-ian France and not Hobbesian America, a source of some controversy in the wide discussion surrounding his book. At heart, though, his argument turns on well-founded economic principles, notably r > g, meaning that the “rate of return on capital significantly exceeds the growth rate of the economy,” in Piketty’s gloss. It logically follows that when such conditions prevail, then wealth will accumulate in a few hands faster than it can be broadly distributed. By the author’s reckoning, the United States is one of the leading nations in the “high inequality” camp, though it was not always so. In the colonial era, Piketty likens the inequality quotient in New England to be about that of Scandinavia today, with few abject poor and few mega-rich. The difference is that the rich now—who are mostly the “supermanagers” of business rather than the “superstars” of sports and entertainment—have surrounded themselves with political shields that keep them safe from the specter of paying more in taxes and adding to the fund of public wealth. The author’s data is unassailable. His policy recommendations are considerably more controversial, including his call for a global tax on wealth. From start to finish, the discussion is written in plainspoken prose that, though punctuated by formulas, also draws on a wide range of cultural references.

Essential reading for citizens of the here and now. Other economists should marvel at how that plain language can be put to work explaining the most complex of ideas, foremost among them the fact that economic inequality is at an all-time high—and is only bound to grow worse.

Pub Date: March 10, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-674-43000-6

Page Count: 640

Publisher: Belknap/Harvard Univ.

Review Posted Online: April 30, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2014

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