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Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos: Ten Strategies for Stepping Up to Success and Satisfaction at Work [Hardcover]

By Lynette Lewis (Author)
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This practical, no-nonsense business resource provides a wealth of lessons, strategies, tips, and techniques for helping professional women to overcome the most common challenges and lead a more successful, rewarding life--both in and out of the workplace.

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Is your work deeply satisfying? Do you look forward to Monday morning and the start of each new day? If you could do anything in the world without fear of failing, what would you do?

Whether you're stuck in a dead-end job or are living the career of your dreams, Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos is your go-to-guide for life as a woman in the working world. You'll hear the stories of incredible women who made that precarious climb up the ladder while keeping their fashionable stilettos and heart intact. Drawing from their stories and her own, Lynette Lewis shares the secrets to purposeful work, including how to: create a purpose statement for your life and work follow the "four principles of promotion" establish a "personal board of directors" keep enduring when unrecognized, unrewarded, and underpaid discover gifts in surprising places, and more

Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos will help you discover new joy, meaning, success, and satisfaction in your life's work. Why spend your time on anything less?

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.56" Width: 6.33" Height: 0.84"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849901863  
ISBN13  9780849901867  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lynette Lewis is a business consultant, author, and sought-after speaker in both corporate and Christian venues. Her book, Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos has received recognition from numerous sources. An often-quoted expert on marketing, PR, and branding, her 28-year career includes senior positions in New York City. Lynette and her husband, Ron Lewis, are founders of

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This book is one of the best I have read about applying your other life goals to your career goals. I love the exercises that allow you to explore what you are doing and why. This helped me to evaluate my career and have plenty of amunition to show my superiors what I have done to contribute to our work. It also helped me to remedy my fears of the sacrifices my family has had to make for me being a working mother. I love this book. Anytime I get frustrated with work, there are specific chapters I go back to and get re-inspired with. I feel like the author truly understands what is like to be out there in the working world. The great thing is the book shows you how to actually apply the advice she gives you. This will be a gift I will give to every woman I mentor and every young woman in our office. It will also be the book I give my daughter as a graduation present. I loved it!
Good for a review of the basics  Feb 3, 2007
The glowing reviews of this book seem to come from women who are entering or re-entering the workforce, and I'm not surprised. Lewis offers a review of the basics, packaged attractively for the 21st century. Midcareer professionals are more comfortable in sneakers and flats, anyway.

Lewis begins with a premise that I recognize among my own career strategy clients: Most of us are yearning for something. Very few folks are content (although I have gotten a call from a past client: "I'm happy now: What do I do?!").

So Lewis sets about offering a much needed answer to a question most folks don't articulate: What do we do while we're waiting in the wings?

In reading the book, I recommend taking away an attitude, rather than specifics of logistics. For instance, if you're in between jobs, you do have opportunities to explore, but many job searchers need to find a place to perch, fast. They need money. And while What Color Is Your Parachute deserves to remain on the best-seller list, mid-career midlife professionals will benefit more from books like Working Identity and Second Acts.

Ultimately, she says, while on your job, use the opportunity and never stop looking. Good, basic advice. Not new but always worth repeating.

I especially liked her discussion of her own long search for a spouse and family. When invited on blind dates she learned to ask questions before agreeing to meet a new man. I find this process applies to many arenas of life, such as networking opportunities. The challenge is to go out a lot at first, without asking too many questions, and then sort out what will be truly useful.

I do have some qualms about the chapter on mentoring. Unless you're especially well-connected, these days you have to pay for mentors, especially if you're setting up an entrepreneurial venture.

As for a Personal Board of Directors, I love the idea, but question whether most people will be able to put this Board into place. In her book Tough Choices, Carly Fiorino shows us how a bad board can be destructive; unless you can recruit strong, selfless board members, you might be better off hiring your own consultants and coaches.

On Lewis's Board, her web site committee includes a designer and a woman who's "between jobs" who appears to be a strategist. Are these folks donating their time? Seems a bit much to ask, if they are. I can't help nothing a key website committee omission: a copywriter!

Finally, the image of climbing the ladder in stilettos will appeal to certain types of women, perhaps a clever way of identifying and reaching the book's target market. These days I see more and more women wearing tasteful flats to work. I defy convention by attending networking events in a nice pants outfit with my white sneakers. I can't walk across the room in Manohlo Blahniks. And while I admire the homage to shoes in Sex and the City, that image (and the show) are *so* over!
Definitely A Help!  Jan 2, 2007
Have you ever felt that you were running around in circles, getting nowhere in your job? Do advancements seem to go to others and frustration becomes your mind frame? Do you hate to get up in the morning and face a job that seems to be going nowhere? Women in the professional working world often face challenges that can zap the life out of them and leave them feeling discouraged and unfulfilled. They cringe as others work their way up the ladder of success while they battle for daily existence. Does this sound like you? If it does this book is for you.
In this new work by author Lynette Lewis you will find strategies to help you succeed in the work force while allowing you to actually enjoy your work; isn't that a plus? Our author tells stories from her own experiences and other women who have made it to the top of the ladder without compromising or demeaning themselves in anyway. Strategies that do not use unethical practices or ways that one day may come back and cause more harm than they ever did good.She breaks down her information into ten primary points that seem to be every working women's nightmare. Here you will find sound advice, practical and easy to implement flowing from the author to you in a down-to-earth matter leaving you feeling as though you just got up from having a cup of coffee with a good friend whose advise you will gladly receive.
Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos is a book that will inspire and encourage you; filled with stories of success, overcoming adversities and challenges and brimming with practical proven answers that truly will make a difference in the world you live.
Get to the top without losing sight of the bottom line of values  Dec 11, 2006
If you're a woman in the working world looking to rise to the top and to encourage self-determination, Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos: 10 Strategies for Stepping Up to Success and Satisfaction at Work is the key to doing so gracefully. Chapters use stories from women who made that climb to provide case histories of success, from how to create a personal purpose statement to guide you through the business world to establishing business and personal contacts to encourage this rise. Get to the top without losing sight of the bottom line of values using CLIMBING THE LADDER IN STILETTOS.

Diane C. Donovan
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Enlightening, relevant, and the best book for women in the workplace  Nov 29, 2006
I am just now 25 years old and this book is peeling back so many layers of understanding. I have bought a few books in the past about women in the workplace (nice girls, etc.) which have lost me within just a few chapters because I didn't feel like they were talking about me - who I really am. But "Climbing The Ladder In Stilettos" is just the opposite. By the time I was done with the first chapter I knew that this was a book that would be well worth my time from start to finish. The purpose statement exercise and the concept of being an `agent of wholeness' have really stuck with me. Now halfway through the book I am already thinking of reading it a second time to pick up on all of the concepts that I am not getting the first time through. There is so much relevant and helpful material here.

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