Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge

Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge

By: Becky Blalock (author)Hardback

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From a veteran Fortune 500 executive, how women can reach and succeed in top leadership positions Though women hold a majority of the managerial and professional jobs in the workforce, they occupy a mere 14% of C-suite positions at Fortune 500 firms. To break through this stubborn glass ceiling, women must learn to take bold steps when career-defining moments arise. During her 33-year career at Southern Company, a Fortune 500 utility company, Becky Blalock rose to become CIO in a traditionally male industry. Now she offers her own hard-won advice, as well as that of 28 top female executives, to show all aspiring women how to dare to reach the highest tier of leadership and C-suite positions. * Includes advice and mentoring lessons from top women business leaders such as: Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA; Kat Cole, President of Cinnabon; Carol Tome, CFO of Home Depot; Dr. Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College, and Jeanette Horan, CIO of IBM, among many others * Features straightforward, honest advice on gaining confidence, speaking up, finding mentors, learning to fail, building a network of allies, managing others, and more * Written by pioneering business leader Becky Blalock, with a Foreword by Anne Mulcahy, former chairperson and CEO of Xerox Corporation Dare is must-needed guide for women everywhere, at every level, striving to develop the character, skills, and relationships that deliver greater success in the workplace.

About Author

Becky Blalock is the former SVP and CIO of Southern Company, a Fortune 500 utilities firm. Under her leadership, Southern Company delivered over a billion dollars in new technology initiatives and was recognized as one of the "100 Most Innovative Companies" by CIO magazine and one of the "100 Best Places to Work in IT" by Computerworld magazine. Becky has also received numerous awards for her work on behalf of women's initiatives. Today, she is a partner with Advisory Capital, where she provides strategic consulting, and is a board member to companies in energy, information technology, and medicine. Becky lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Alex. For more information, please visit www.beckyblalock.com


Foreword by Anne Mulcahy, Former Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation ix INTRODUCTION: FOLLOW ME 1 1 DARE TO SET THE TARGET HIGH 11 Harmonize Vision and Values 2 DARE TO KNOW YOURSELF 27 Develop Self-Assurance by Identifying Your Weaknesses 3 DARE TO STAND OUT 41 Differentiate Yourself and Become Your Own Best Advocate 4 DARE TO PROJECT A CONFIDENT ATTITUDE 73 Embrace the Behaviors and Mind-Sets of Powerful Leadership 5 DARE TO LEARN AT EVERY AGE 95 Become a Knowledge Seeker to Maintain Your Competitive Edge 6 DARE TO FAIL 111 Celebrate Failure as the Fast Track to Experience and Reward 7 DARE TO REACH OUT 131 Build a Support Network of Allies, Mentors, and Sponsors 8 DARE TO BE MORE THAN THE BOSS 159 Nurture Productive Relationships on the Front Line and Across the Organization 9 DARE TO BE THERE FOR OTHERS 177 Give Back and Invite Others to Join You at the Top Appendix 195 Notes 205 Acknowledgments 211 About the Author 215 Index 217 In memory of my remarkable mother: Dorris Faulkner Bradford In honor of my remarkable daughter: Alexandria (Alex) Nicole Blalock In recognition of remarkable women everywhere

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781118562642
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781118562642
  • weight: 426
  • ISBN10: 111856264X

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