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Leadership Strategies for Women: Lessons from Four Queens

February 14, 2014 1 Comment

Leadership Strategies for Women:  Lessons from Four Queens on Leadership and Career Development.  Paul Vanderbroeck.  Springer, Heidelberg 2013.

Paul Vanderbroeck, a historian, former HR Executive and Leadership Coach has written a fascinating book on leadership; to be more specific, on leadership strategies for women.

Based on the historical stories of four famous queens – Cleopatra, Isabella, Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great – Vanderbroeck uses their stories to enlighten today’s women leaders and potential women leaders on how to fully develop their leadership potential.

The book is very well structured and well written.  One can immediately tell that Vanderbroeck is an experienced leadership coach.  The introduction clearly sets out why the book was written; why these particular Queens were chosen to expound the author’s leadership strategies; what the reader may expect to find in the book; and finally how to get the most out of the book.

True to his word, the author takes us through the development of each Queen’s career as a leader.  Vanderbroeck does not sugar-coat their stories – each Queen’s particular strengths and weaknesses are laid bare, and that makes very useful learning for the reader.  Each story concludes with what today’s women leaders can learn from this Queen, including a short list of the top six Do’s and Don’ts.

In addition to this being a very interesting read, what I particularly liked about the book is the author’s ability to lay out some very clear guidelines for developing both a successful career and a leadership persona for women in what is still very much a man’s world when it comes to leadership.

The book concludes with six points women can follow to develop their careers and nine essential leadership competencies for women leaders to build on.

This just happens to be my 100th review of management books and I’m delighted to say that it’s up there with some of the best I’ve read.  This book is a must for all women in management.

Memory Mining reviewed by Bob Selden

Memory Mining: Digging For Gems From Your Past Good Work by Allan Hay

January 5, 2013 No Comments

“Memory Mining” refers to one’s ability to remember successful work stories when applying for a new job. Allan Hay has developed the concept to assist job seekers perform better, particularly during the recruitment interview. The ability of a job applicant to be able to remember things they have done well is important in all interviews and particularly so when the interviewer is using a technique called Behaviour Event Interviewing (BEI).

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Job Interview Success: Be Your Own Coach by Jenny Rogers

August 20, 2012 No Comments

There’s a plethora of books on interviewing and being interviewed for jobs. In “Job Interview Success: Your complete guide to practical interview skills”, author Jenny Rogers has hit the high spots. This book stands out from the rest.

Rogers takes the prospective job applicant through the entire process from “Do you really want the job?” to “After the interview” and “Starting the new job”. The book does what it says on the jacket “Be your own coach”. Rogers’ experience as a coach in this field comes through on every page – it’s practical, down-to-earth advice that should work for anyone who is about to jump onto the pre-employment treadmill.

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Grad to Great: Discover the Secrets to Success in Your First Career by Anne Browne & Beth Zefo

February 27, 2009 No Comments

In Grad to Great, authors Anne Brown and Beth Zefo set out to help graduates find and realise the career they want. Grad to Great starts where it should – about finding out what you love doing and then finding someone who will pay you a salary to do it. This topic’s been covered before by other books. The difference with this book, is that the authors involve the reader by providing lots of self tests and vignettes to illustrate. I must admit to being sucked in by the case study of Alyssa who flunked her first job interview – the authors asked “How can Alyssa redeem herself and land a second interview?” I had to wait till the end of the chapter to see if my ideas gelled with theirs.

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Managing the Older Worker reviewed by Bob Selden

Managing the Older Worker. Peter Capelli & Bill Novelli

January 3, 2009 No Comments

In a great new book “Managing the Older Worker”, authors Cappelli and Novelli start out by debunking some of the common myths that abound about older workers. For example, myths such as “older workers will not stay as long” (their turnover rate is actually lower than younger workers); “older workers will have less physical and mental ability” (the authors show that knowledge and experience account for these), are just two.
I was particularly impressed with the business case the authors put for employing older workers. For employers, the authors’ extensive analysis of various research studies, is well described to define just what an older worker can bring to the workplace and how organisations really do need them. For instance, the things that older workers have in abundance – interpersonal skills and highly tuned cognitive ability – have increased in need in the workplace over recent decades by 36% and 35% respectively.

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