Executive coaching companies are keen publishers of their insights, and my bookshelf of titles on women at the top includes a good few. Usually I do not blog about them, and believe me, you should be grateful.
But last week I came across a book that should be read by any aspiring career woman (or man). Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking that Block Women’s Paths to Power, by Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath and Mary Davis Holt, distils the experience of the authors’ decades of coaching experience and their careers at senior levels of large companies.
Few people now argue against board diversity – not in public anyway. With motherhood and apple pie, what’s not to like?
Apart from some serious revelling (4,000 years ago the Babylonians partied for 11 days to see in the new year), we are now in the season of resolutions.
Yesterday I interviewed Averil Leimon, co-author of a new book published by Routledge, Coaching Women to Lead, and co-founder of White Water Strategies, an executive coaching company.
I must be honest, I ordered this book on Amazon on the strength of its title. I’ve never heard of the American author Linley Erin Hall, and my own adventures in science came to an abrupt halt when at 11 we were invited to dissect earth worms with nail scissors, pinning them out on cork mats provided for the purpose. I passed out in my convent school’s antediluvian, formaldehyde-soaked lab, and from then on stuck to subjects with no “practicals”.