As time went on, I learned to be gutsier and I came to see that gutsiness always helped win the day. Twenty three years ago, I wrote a book called Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do, which articulated the nine strategies that later paid off big for me, and the book went on to become a bestseller. Hundreds of women wrote to me about how my advice inspired them. One of my favorite moments? I was shopping at a William Sonoma and a woman stepped up to me and said, “Thanks for the $40,000 raise.” That really made my day.
I’m thrilled to announce that on April 3, my publisher is bringing out a totally revised, handbook version of my book called The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success. It’s small enough to tuck into your briefcase, tote bag or desk drawer, and it’s loaded with great strategies that will help you nail the positions, opportunities, and salary you want and deserve. You’ll find, for instance:
I can’t wait to share the book with you. If you want, you can even pre-order it now. I think the nine principles I offer can be enormously helpful in your career. After I wrote the original book, I sometimes reread it when I needed a kick in the butt, and I’m pretty sure the strategies helped me land the job running Cosmo.
This is a terrific moment for women in the workplace. We still face many hurdles but there are tons of opportunity, as well. I wish you great success in whatever you’re doing.
Oh, and just fyi. The best place to sit in a meeting is near your boss but not necessarily right next to her. You want to be able to maintain eye contact with her through the meeting, especially when you’re pitching ideas.
All the best. Be gutsy!