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This video features my top four books for women in leadership positions and women in project management. Scroll down to see more information about these books and a few other favorites that I love.
1. HBR Press: Getting it All Done
This book is part of the Harvard Business Review Press Working Parents Series and includes stories, tips, and strategies for a job that never ends. It was there that I learned about value-based scheduling.
There are many insights here for parents who have to balance parenting and work.
These strategies are not possible in many jobs because you don’t have enough flexibility. It can be difficult to say, “I’ll have to work late Friday because I’m reading with my pre-schoolers.” That is impossible.
Project management is a flexible job. If your workplace culture supports you, you will be able make the most of this flexibility.
Check out my complete review of Getting It All Done.
2. Heels of Steel by Vanessa Vallely
Vanessa manages a network of women that connects the major networks in the city.
This book focuses on her fascinating career story. The bulk of the book is about her career and how she got to where she is today.
You can easily learn from her experiences like how she arranged for jobs, found great mentors, and worked hard to succeed.
The last part of the book is more a guide to career success. It highlights things she has learned and wants to pass on.
Vanessa is an inspiring woman I have met many times.
3. Deborah M. Kolb and Judith Williams take Her Place at the Table. Carol Frohlinger takes Carol Frohlinger’s place at the Table.
This book contains many case studies and gives examples of women who made career choices to improve their careers. The books’ overall goal is to help you identify what you want from your career and then help you go out and get it.
This is not a guideline for a career. It is about how to tailor your career so that it suits you best. This means that you must put in the work both during and after your reading.
If you are serious about your career success at this stage in your life, you will find some helpful tips on how to find the right path.
Donald Asher: 4. Who gets promoted and why
This book dispels the myth that if one works hard and does a good job, you will be rewarded. In real life, that is not true. It’s also suitable for men, so you can share it your entire team.
The book disproves the myth that hard work is the only way to achieve career success. It then discusses how to make your career successful.
This book is for you if you’ve ever wondered how to make yourself and your accomplishments more appealing without sounding boastful.
Check out my review of Who Gets Promoted and Who Doesn’t, and Why
Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris5. Suzanne Doyle-Morris, Beyond the Boys’ Club
This book was a long time ago. I took many notes while reading it. I have kept the book close to my heart because I know that it will be available again one day.
It is practical and has lots of useful tips. It offers a lot of tips and advice about how to navigate office politics, what you should wear, and other important information. There is also plenty of advice for how to navigate the corporate corridors.
Although it focuses on jobs in cities and traditionally male-dominated industries such as construction, the advice can be applied to all industries.
Check out my review of Beyond The Boys’ Club.
6. Elise Stevens: Unlock the Opportunity
This book will answer your questions about whether project management is a career that’s right for you.
Spoiler alert! It is