Book Review of Woman of Influence: A Handbook for Building a Professional Brand

The first book review of Woman of Influence is in! Here’s what Jo Miller’s hometown newspaper The Gazette had to say:

Jo Miller has some very definite ideas.

For one, Miller believes you’re not alone if you’ve had it to somewhere above the eyebrows with being told to “lean in” or to take one for the team. Or, for goodness sake, to just be patient for your turn at a promotion—as if that “turn” were the next city bus, about to pull up any time now.

She also thinks it’s not outrageous to expect to develop a career that’s both rewarding and suited to your skill set—one that, as she says in her book, “Woman of Influence: Nine Steps to Build Your Brand, Establish Your Legacy and Thrive,” makes your heart sing.

“It’s not,” she writes, “too much to ask.” And she’s right.

But that message has been Miller’s mission, after all, for some 20 years—to guide women to figure out how to identify and articulate their own skills and develop—there’s that word again—their careers.

She’s been doing this through Be Leaderly, her consulting company based here in Cedar Rapids; her webinars that, as of last count, have reached some 30 nations; her presentations in, so far, five continents; at corporate events that include Verizon, eBay, Bank of America and Microsoft as clients; and through her monthly Sunday guest columns in The Gazette’s Business 380 section. (“Emerging Leaders” ran for several years until Miller took a break to write “Woman of Influence.” That’s why you’ve not seen it lately.)

Oh, and she co-authored a study to quantify all this, titled “Out of the Comfort Zone: How Women and Men Size up Stretch Assignments—and Why Leaders Should Care.” You can read about the findings here.

She’s the real deal. One of the key points in her book, to be released by McGraw Hill Dec. 13 and already into a second printing due to advance orders, speaks to the need to herald your talents. Because, as Miller writes, “It’s a myth that work speaks for itself.”

Continue reading The Gazette’s book review of Woman of Influence.

The Be Leaderly Team

We are dedicated to helping emerging women leaders advance into management and leadership positions. With clients like Amazon, Bank of America, Boeing, eBay, GM, Homeland Security, MetLife,  Microsoft, Siemens, Society of Women Engineers, Verizon, USDA—and more than 400 organizations in the commercial, academic, non-profit and government sectors, Be Leaderly works with organizations that want to develop a pipeline of qualified and engaged emerging women leaders. Our workshops, webinars and coaching programs help women employees gain clarity on how their talents can contribute to the organization’s success, encourage them to enter the leadership pipeline, and provide them with the tools necessary to take ownership of their career advancement.

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