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  • Jan 11, 2000
I agree with Lillian Vernon: This is a "must-read for women of all ages, with positive and original ideas, giving a refreshing and personal perspective." I also think it is a must-read for men...at least those in management positions who (perhaps motivated by self-interest, if by nothing else) want to develop "wildly successful" people of both genders. Most of us have been "stone-walled" at some point in our careers. Or perhaps we have on occasion felt that we have hit a "brick wall." Encountering a "glass ceiling" is far worse because we can see through the glass to what lies beyond...to what we are denied. I am reminded of Tantalus who, according to Greek mythology, offended the gods. His punishment was to remain in Hades for eternity, thirsty and hungry, placed up to his neck in water he could not drink beneath clusters of fruit he could not eat: So near and yet so far.

It is Pamela Boucher Gilberd's assertion that "Women's economic creativity is one of the best-kept secrets in business today....It's time to acknowledge the truth -- that working women have the tools to create wild success for themselves and others and that we use those tools every day." Written in 1996, The Eleven Commandments of Wildly Successful Women is based on 125 interviews with a wide-range of women who have achieved "wild success." Their collective experiences suggest eleven "commandments" which Gilberd introduces and then illustrates by cross-referencing the experiences and insights of those she interviewed. The final chapter is perhaps the most valuable. In it, she shares Angi Ma Wong's 15 "Golden Rules for a Successful Life" and then her own 10 "Ways to Keep the Cycle of Success Going Strong."

Since 1996 when this book was first published, many organizations have raised the so-called "glass ceiling" and I guess that's progress. ASAP, however, every "glass ceiling" must be permanently eliminated if there is to be equal opportunity to achieve "wild success." Intangible assets are much more valuable than are tangible assets. I refer specifically to the talent (albeit under-utilized) and the experience (albeit under-appreciated) of those within any organization. The remarkable women whom Gilberd interviewed are to be commended for what they accomplished, especially given the obstacles they had to overcome. They are also to be commended for sharing so generously what they have learned. In this instance, they are following the Eleventh Commandment: Give Back to Keep the Cycle of Success Going. Those who read this book will be well-prepared to overcome all manner of obstacles at work to achieve their own "wild success"...and to help others to do so also.

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Learn How to Create Your Own Definition of Success - and Achieve It! The Eleven Commandments of Wildly Successful Women identifies attitudes and strategies that are crucial to a woman's success, however she may define it. In combination, these 11 elements are responsible for the striking success of the more than 125 entrepreneurs, media executives, and bankers - as well as not-for-profit fundraisers and founders of mentoring organizations - interviewed for this book. The personal stories and sound advice they offer will inspire you to:Create your own concept of successBalance your work and your lifeNourish your entrepreneurial spiritBecome financially savvyHarness the inner vision and drive you need to succeedThe Eleven Commandments of Wildly Successful Women "A book of mentors sharing inspiration and motivation to encourage each of us to pursue our dreams." - Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies "Gilberd shows you how to rewrite the conventional rules of business to find your own definition of fulfillment from work. Inspiring, heartwarming, and full of concrete advice and examples." - Patricia Haddock, coauthor of The NAFE Guide to Starting Your Own Business "A must-read for women of all ages a refreshing and personal perspective." - Lillian Vernon, founder & president of Lillian Vernon, Inc. Find us online at www mgr.com
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ISBN-10: 0028625765
ISBN-13: 978-0028625768
Author: Pamela Boucher Gilberd
Genre: Business & Investing
Publisher: MacMillan Spectrum
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