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Book review: How Women Rise

One of my mentors recommended “How Women Rise” early on in our mentor/mentee relationship. She recognized some of the pitfalls in her own career and saw that a lot of the lessons inside would help me as I transitioned from an Individual Contributor to Manager.

The book lays out 12 ways in which women hold themselves back. These are all changeable habits. And if I had to choose just 3 of the 12 in the book, it helps to recognize that:

  • I built a strong network, but failed to leverage it
  • I was putting my job before my career (and I’m still working on this one)
  • I fall into the perfection trap (still working on this one, too)

These are all areas I’ve done a better job of since reading this book, and now I have people on my team asking for help in addressing their specific “bad” habits.

I recommend this book to any woman who works. That includes future CEO’s and who are primary caregivers and PTA leads.

Don’t have time to read the whole book? Start here for my Twitter thread Cliff notes:

Book: How Women Rise
Authors: Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith
Buy it: Bookshop Santa Cruz // Amazon // Google

Review by Abi Jones

Abi Jones is the UX Manager for Imaging & Diagnostics in Google Health. She leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers and designers focused on using artificial intelligence to assist in diagnosing cancer and preventing blindness.
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