Hi everybody! We finally reached spring break around here, so I can do some catching up on my blog posts. I have a bunch of posts hanging out in the to-do list on my editorial calendar, but I never seem to find the time to finally write them. This one’s a bit time-sensitive, so I’m going to take it on first. Here’s a review of Sallie Krawcheck’s Own It. My disclaimer: I received this book from BloggingForBooks in exchange for an honest review.
The book left me feeling proud of being a woman in a fairly male-dominated career. Like Wall Street, where Sallie works, the field of band directing is definitely skewed toward men. Also like Wall Street, more women are joining the ranks every day.
I don’t feel like I learned anything truly new from her book because it was a series of anecdotes about her career and failures she’s had. However, she did provide a lot of statistics in every chapter and cited all of her sources, which I appreciated.
Her writing style was friendly and I feel that her goal was to make women feel empowered after reading her book. That definitely is what happened to me. She talks about how women in the workforce (and especially in the business world) provide much-needed diversity of thought that her male counterparts were lacking. She points out that women are more aware of potential risks of their decisions, handle complex tasks well, focus on relationship-building, are able to think long-term, enjoy learning new skills, and try to live with purpose. While there are men good at these things too, it’s not as common.
Overall, I feel this book is a good read for women in the workforce and may be something for male bosses or managers to pick up as well to understand the benefits that women can bring to the table.
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