I Wish I'd Known This: 6 Career-Accelerating Secrets for Women Leaders

  • 2h 41m
  • Brenda Wensil, Kathryn Heath
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2022

Uncover the six blind spots that derail women's career paths and learn strategies to effectively overcome them for an impactful, sustainable career.

Professional women are subject to blind spots—obstacles that can minimize career potential, impact, or advancement. Some women end up drifting instead of driving through their careers, going it alone instead of building a posse, and leaving their “reputationality” (that special something we are known for) to chance.

Authors and executive coaches Brenda Wensil and Kathryn Heath have spent decades coaching more than 800 women and working with women executives, middle managers, and professionals across industries and age groups. In this book, they outline six challenges women commonly face on their professional journeys and map a way to accelerate through them for higher-impact careers. Readers will learn how to

  • Set a vision, strategy, and plan for their careers
  • Learn who they are, what they offer, and how to tell their stories
  • Seek and act on feedback to guide their paths
  • Prepare and practice for the best outcomes
  • Enlist help and support from others

Effective women leaders inspire innovation, sustain profitability, manage risk, and create environments for inclusion and diversity to increase. Chock full of strategies, stories, and practical skills, this book will hasten a woman's progress and impact as a professional woman and liberate her to excel in her career on her own terms.

About the Author

Brenda F. Wensil is managing director at Bravanti. She was previously an executive leader for First Union (now Wells Fargo), and she established the first customer-focused strategy for the federal government as chief customer experience officer at the US Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid.

Kathryn Heath, PhD, is a founding partner at Bravanti, where she has served as a coach, trainer, and developer of leadership programs for twenty years. Heath was senior vice president and director at the nation's fourth largest bank, First Union (now Wells Fargo).

In this Book

  • Introduction—Broom on Fire
  • Career Drift—You Need a Vision, Strategies, and a Plan
  • Lack of Self-Awareness—Know Who You are and How You Land with Others
  • Vague Reputationality—Get Known for Something and Tell Your Story
  • Operating on Autopilot—Install a Career GPS
  • Missing the Point of Preparation—Be Strategic about the Outcome You Want
  • Trying to Go it Alone—Assemble a Posse
  • Before We Go—The Deliberate Career
  • Conclusion—Light Your Own Broom
  • I Wish I’D Known This—Discussion Guide
  • Notes