Praise for Break Your Own Rules
"Women are still underrepresented in the executive ranks. Flynn, Heath, and Holt have identified the six behaviors that keep even the most achievement–oriented women from reaching their highest potential. They′ve also recommended six new doable practices that can moveyou where you want to go." Marshall Goldsmith, executive coach and bestselling author, What Got You Here Won′t Get You There and Mojo
"Leadership experts Flynn, Heath, and Holt have delivered a gem. Break Your Own Rules explains exactly why so few women run organizationstoday, and what every woman can do Monday morning to change that. The book is an eye–opener and a life–changer." Kathleen Parker, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and author, Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care
"Break Your Own Rules is a myth–busting, truth–telling, tradition–defying powerhouse of a book. The six new rules revealed by the authors proclaim a modern Magna Carta for women that could revolutionize our workplaces, our homes, and our communities. But this is not just a book for women. The more female leaders organizations have, the more successful they are. Men must also read this book if they want to create a workplace that welcomes and sustains more and more women in their top managerial ranks. Stop wasting half of the most valuable talent we have in today′s organizations. Buy this book and put it to use immediately." Jim Kouzes, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge, and Dean′s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
"Senior leadership has been especially elusive for women. The authors dismiss conventional corporate ladder wisdom, providing a clear and actionable strategy in a corporate lattice world where hierarchies are flatter and the rate of change is exponential. Their book helps women and men realize their leadership potential." Cathleen Benko, bestselling author and vice chairman, Deloitte LLP
by Sharon Allen, Chairman of the Board, Deloitte, LLP
1 OurVision 1
2 Break Your Own Rules 11
3 Take Center Stage 19
4 Proceed Until Apprehended 41
5 Project Personal Power 57
6 Be Politically Savvy 79
7 Play to Win 103
8 It′s Both–And 125
9 Stand Together and Close Ranks 147
Reading List for Women Leaders 165
About the Authors 169
Jill Flynn, M.Ed., is managing partner of Flynn Heath Holt Leadership (FHHL), a consulting firm dedicated to developing women leaders. Previously she was SVP at Wachovia (now Wells Fargo).
Kathryn Heath, Ph.D., is managing partner of FHHL. Previously she was SVP and director of First University at Wachovia (now Wells Fargo).
Mary Davis Holt, M.B.A., is managing partner of FHHL. Previously she was SVP and COO of Time Life, Inc.
FHHL′s clients include Deloitte, Avery Dennison, National Geographic, the U.S. State Department, and TIAA–CREF.