I want to share why I was excited about this book when it came to the Editorial team at Berrett-Koehler Publishers, because I think it's significant.
AI want to share why I was excited about this book when it came to the Editorial team at Berrett-Koehler Publishers, because I think it's significant.
After Lean In came out and quickly rose to become a bestseller, it seemed like everyone wanted to write about women in business. It seemed like every week we were discussing a new proposal for a book on how woman can rise to leadership, and from there, a new trend emerged: there was a sudden onslaught of books on how women should behave in order to climb to the top. It became annoying. Women do make up the majority of readers, so in that sense, it would make sense to write to the biggest audience, but I started to find it a little frustrating, if not offensive, that every book seemed to come with suggestions on how women should manage themselves in order to win the approval and support of their male counterparts and leaders.
Who is writing the book about how businesses and organizations lose out when they disrespect their female staff members and don't take them seriously, let alone treat them equally? Why are women always the ones who have to change?
When Power Through Partnerships came to Pub Board (that's where the whole staff decides on what we're going to approve to publish), I thought "Ok, THIS is something different, and this is what we need." Power Through Partnerships encourages women to start their own businesses and/or collaborate together with other women to achieve success. It's strength in numbers! It's not that Tina Fey couldn't find success alone – she did! But when she collaborates with Amy Poehler on anything, people love it, writers love it.
And that whole "cat fights" trope? It's time to put the myth about women competing with each other rather than working together out with the kitty litter. Some women work better with men, and there's nothing wrong with that, either, but the idea that women can't work together is just not true, and in this book, the authors share a ton of examples of real-life successful female partnerships and collaborations.
The book even makes a business case for female partnerships, pointing out how investing in female partner-led organizations can be a lucrative bet in its own right. There are at least a few Silicon Valley investors who might want to read this book before they invest in another startup!
Power Through Partnerships is full of practical advice and successful role models for female partnerships and I really hope that it inspires others the way it did for me. This is exactly what we need. ...more
This is an easy, light beach read. Two best friends whose friendship has been on the rocks for a bit wake up after their awkward high school reunion tThis is an easy, light beach read. Two best friends whose friendship has been on the rocks for a bit wake up after their awkward high school reunion the night before, and they finally get to understand what it's like to walk in each other's shoes. Where one chased her dreams (and caught them) and sacrificed love for her career, the other gave up her career path to be a mother when she pregnant in college, and with this bodily switch, the two finally get to see what life could have been.
Yes, we've seen this story a few Freaky Fridays over, but it's still fun, and it's always interesting to see how people really feel about themselves when they aren't in front of others. All in all, it's an enjoyable book, and a quick read.
I received this book as a free ARC from the YPG. ...more