Reviews for I Shouldn't Be Telling You This : Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know

Kirkus Reviews 2012 August #1
In this follow-up to her bestseller Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead…but Gutsy Girls Do (1996), Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief White (The Sixes, 2011, etc.) offers straight-shooting career advice to women at all stages of their professional lives. In the first section of the book, the author discusses how to gain a foothold in the workplace and includes advice on everything from how to get a job and manage projects to developing "a golden gut" to read work situations beyond a surface level. As White sees it, success isn't just about doing things right and "dazzling your boss." It's also about knowing how to survive, and thrive, in sometimes-hostile environments and unapologetically grab for the opportunities and sponsors (rather than mentors) that can make a real difference. White then turns her attention to what to do after a career begins to gather momentum. The first thing is to become "focused, fierce and steadfast." This means learning how to own power and the responsibilities that come with it and understanding that personal confidence can ebb as well as flow. The key is to be self-aware and open to all possibilities for continued growth and development as a leader. But success only goes so far. In the last section, which is unfortunately the shortest, White discusses how to enjoy being at the top. She offers tips for time management, including ways to handle maternity leave. White's portrait of a highly structured, tightly scheduled life may not appeal to all readers, but her advice is useful and delightfully no-nonsense. A smart, savvy guide for working women looking to climb the professional ladder and maintain positions of power. Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Library Journal Reviews 2012 April #1

Here's what White is doing when she's not at her desk as editor in chief of Cosmopolitan or writing best sellers like the Bailey Weggins mystery series: she's writing a career guide for women aiming to make it in today's tumultuous business world. With a 40,000-copy first printing and lots of publicity through social media.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 July #4

It will come as no surprise that White, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, would write a career guide that's lively, funny, and rife with quick-read tips. White, author of Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead, but Gutsy Girls Do and "eight mysteries and thrillers," chronicles her move up the ranks of the magazine world, aiming to help women at all stages of their career. She runs through the essentials of managing your success and making sure your success actually, in the long run, makes you happy. Through stories of her magazine jobs, she proffers advice on networking, interviewing, handling gossip, learning to take credit when it's due, assembling a personal board of directors rather than a mentor, making good hiring decisions, and learning how to radiate power. White's enthusiasm and verve combine with tales of challenges and successes from a fascinating career. This as well as stories of celebrities and successful women make the book an energetic, inspiring career memoir. Agent: Sandra Dijkstra. (Sept.)

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