Author: Kate White
Published: HarperBusiness; Sept. 2012
Genre: Business; Self-help
Synopsis: Whether you've just settled into your first work cubicle and have no clue how to go after the success you crave, or if you already have a sweet little office but aren't sure what's required to take your career to the next level, I Shouldn't Be Telling You This gives you the secrets you need to become a success, go big with it, and then savor every second. It is jam-packed with insider strategies, interviews with women at the top of their game, and advice from Kate White's own career running five major magazines (including the bestselling women's magazine in the world, Cosmopolitan). She shows you how to break out of the pack, master the learning curve, make bold moves, and, ultimately have the career you've always lusted for!
My Take: I enjoy reading business books every once in a while because sometimes it's good to get a refresher for what you should be doing at work, or sometimes you are at a crossroads in your life, or sometimes you are just trying to figure out how to get ahead! For any and all of those reasons this book would be useful.
Kate White, the long-time editor of Cosmopolitan, knows business. Her latest book, I Shouldn't Be Telling You This, is chock-full of helpful advice for every woman out there. I do think these types of books are best read in sections, otherwise it can get a little dry. I'll say that more than most, White's voice allowed this book to be more entertaining, as if you were talking to a friend. But at the end of day it's still all about business so unless you are looking for something specific out of it, it might be best to read it in bursts.
White shares experiences from her own career and that of others to help guide certain situations you may encounter in your day to day job. Some are where she did things right and others where she had made a mistake. I found that very human and I appreciated it.
Ultimately, the sage advice passed down are what she terms the '5 Secrets Every Woman Needs to Know' and I did walk away knowing what her brand of advice was in relation to these 5 secrets. I hope to be able to put some of them to use soon!
Cover Lust: It's Kate White and it's her business guide so I think it's fitting.