Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge

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"Women need to be more open to new opportunities; to takemore risks; to say yes, even when they're unsure. Women need todare."
—From the Introduction

Though women hold a majority of the managerial and professionaljobs in the workforce, they occupy a mere 14 percent of C-suitepositions at Fortune 500 firms. What do women need to know todestroy this stubborn glass ceiling once and for all? How can womenlearn to ...

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Overview

"Women need to be more open to new opportunities; to takemore risks; to say yes, even when they're unsure. Women need todare."
—From the Introduction

Though women hold a majority of the managerial and professionaljobs in the workforce, they occupy a mere 14 percent of C-suitepositions at Fortune 500 firms. What do women need to know todestroy this stubborn glass ceiling once and for all? How can womenlearn to take bold steps when career-defining moments arise?

During her 33-year career at Southern Company, a Fortune 500utility company, Becky Blalock rose to become CIO in atraditionally male- dominated industry. Her own hard-won advicewill show any woman how to rise to the top job.

Alongside Becky's story, Dare shares guidance andmentoring lessons from twenty-eight top female executives, and isbased on Becky's personal conversations with such luminaries asAnna Maria Chávez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA; KatCole, president of Cinnabon; Carol Tomé, CFO of Home Depot;Dr. Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College; Hala Moddelmog,president of Arby's; Jeanette Horan, CIO of IBM; and many others.Armed with the wisdom of these remarkable leaders, any woman canlearn how to gain confidence, speak up, find mentors, bounce backfrom failure, build a network of allies, and manage others—andultimately dare to reach the highest tier of leadership and C-suitepositions.

Dare is a must-have guide for women everywhere, at everylevel, striving to develop the character, skills, and relationshipsthat deliver greater success in the workplace.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Dare… takes over where Facebook COO SherylSandberg’s Lean In falls short… The bookprovides practical advice on how women can ‘lean in’even without the platform of a brand name college or network.It’s a guide for those starting at the bottom rung of theladder, but have their eyes set on the top.”
—Ruchika Tulshyan, Forbes.com

“I have known and worked with Becky Blalock for years andalways admired her energy, leadership, and ability to get thingsdone.  I am so glad that she has taken the time to share hersuccess philosophy, and that of other remarkable women. Dare informs, entertains, and shows you the way to reachyour highest potential.”
—Gail Evans, author, New York Times bestseller,Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman

“Today there are more women than ever in leadershippositions in business. This journey isn’t easy, but for womenwho aspire to achieve corporate success, Dare is the chanceto learn from some of the best.”
Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President, United WayWorldwide

 “Dare provides an empowering roadmap foranyone who wants to break through professional and personal glassceilings that can hold us back from long-term success.Becky's impassioned encouragement tobecome an intentional, lifelong learner, with coaches andmentors to support and keep us accountable, providesa practical path to the rewards of theC-suite.”
—Keith Ferrazzi, founder and chairman, FerrazziGreenlight, and author, New York Timesbestsellers Who's Got Your Back and NeverEat Alone

Dare sends a resounding message to women of theworld: if you have the audacity to shape and improve the worldaround you, you can achieve it. Blalock’s lessons are honestand thoughtful—they extend beyond corporate experience andwill resonate with anyone aspiring to leadership.”
—Alyse Nelson, president and CEO, Vital Voices GlobalPartnership, and author, Vital Voices

“This practical playbook will help you become a betterleader, a better colleague, and a better human being. Dareis packed with immediately applicable tips andtechniques.”
Christine Comaford, author, New YorkTimes bestseller Rules for Renegades andSmartTribes

“Becky is a proven leader who has captured in Dare what it takes to succeed in the business world. I saw theselessons in action first-hand when she was on my team at SouthernCompany. Anyone, male or female, can learn to be a stronger leaderby following this timeless advice.”
—Bill Dahlberg, retired chairman of the board and CEO,Southern Company

Dare will give you that push we all need from timeto time, showing you how to excel by believing in yourself,acting boldly, and being unafraid to take risks.”
—Carole Hyatt, bestselling author, and founder and CEO,The Leadership  Forum

“Are you still waiting to be noticed?  Stop it. BeckyBlalock shows you how to overcome the single biggest thing thatholds women back: fear. Read Dare and learn how to boldlyseize the reins of your career, and your life.”
—Lisa Earle McLeod, author, Selling with NoblePurpose

 “Becky has assembled a treasure trove of practical,well-illustrated advice, from communication techniques to gettingvaluable personal feedback to negotiating salaries and much more.Her personal stories are supplemented with research and vignettesfrom other successful executives. A valuable book for every womanin business!”
—Martha Brooks, retired president and COO, Novelis, Inc.,and board member, Bombardier, Harley-Davidson, and JabilCircuit, Inc.

“Looking for something to help you tackle a challenge inyour career? In Dare, you will find the encouragement andcoaching you need to believe in yourself and challenge the statusquo.  Successful women share their stories of lessons learned,and practical advice is given to provide you with the confidence totackle anything. Everyone's journey is different. Learn fromthe best, apply it to your situation, and enjoysuccess.”
Mylle Mangum, chairman and CEO, IBTHoldings, and board director, Reynolds Metals Company, HavertyFurniture Companies, Barnes Group, Express Inc., PRGX Global Inc.,and Decatur First Bank

“Top leadership in corporate America is no longer a loftygoal for women. Dare is full of wisdom from great femaleleaders who help you understand how you, too, can reach your fullpotential.”
—Susan Stautberg, co-founder and co-chair,WomenCorporateDirectors, and president, Partnercom

“Becky has been a leader in the United Way movement aswell as in business. She has brought her full experience to thisleadership book by women, for women. It has taken years toreach a point where there are enough women in senior roles to modelthe way for others, and Dare contains priceless wisdomfrom some of the most accomplished women of our time. Their lessonslearned and success strategies will boost your confidence andchallenge you to achieve more.”
—Cynthia Round, executive vice president, United WayWorldwide

 “Dare is an excellent resource for anyprofessional woman. Becky’s practical and insightful advicewill give you a clear path to the top.”
—Kathy Ameche, author and traveler-in-chief,womanroadwarrior.com

“Becky Blalock has risen to the very top of themale-dominated information technology industry. She is a nationaltreasure. Dare is simultaneously inspirational,informational, operational, and recreational. A must-read forfuture leaders of every gender.”
—Thornton May, futurist; author, The New Know;executive director, IT Leadership Academy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118562642
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/7/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 313,590
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Becky Blalock is the former SVP and CIO of SouthernCompany, a Fortune 500 utilities firm. Under her leadership,Southern Company delivered over a billion dollars in new technologyinitiatives and was recognized as one of the "100 Most InnovativeCompanies" by CIO magazine and one of the "100 Best Placesto Work in IT" by Computerworld magazine. Becky has alsoreceived numerous awards for her work on behalf of women'sinitiatives. Today, she is a partner with Advisory Capital, whereshe provides strategic consulting, and is a board member tocompanies in energy, information technology, and medicine. Beckylives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Jim, and theirdaughter, Alex.

For more information, please visitwww.beckyblalock.com

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Anne Mulcahy, Former Chairman and CEO, XeroxCorporation ix

INTRODUCTION: FOLLOW ME 1

1 DARE TO SET THE TARGET HIGH 11

Harmonize Vision and Values

2 DARE TO KNOW YOURSELF 27

Develop Self-Assurance by Identifying Your Weaknesses

3 DARE TO STAND OUT 41

Differentiate Yourself and Become Your Own Best Advocate

4 DARE TO PROJECT A CONFIDENT ATTITUDE 73

Embrace the Behaviors and Mind-Sets of Powerful Leadership

5 DARE TO LEARN AT EVERY AGE 95

Become a Knowledge Seeker to Maintain Your Competitive Edge

6 DARE TO FAIL 111

Celebrate Failure as the Fast Track to Experience and Reward

7 DARE TO REACH OUT 131

Build a Support Network of Allies, Mentors, and Sponsors

8 DARE TO BE MORE THAN THE BOSS 159

Nurture Productive Relationships on the Front Line and Acrossthe Organization

9 DARE TO BE THERE—FOR OTHERS 177

Give Back and Invite Others to Join You at the Top

Appendix 195

Notes 205

Acknowledgments 211

About the Author 215

Index 217

In memory of my remarkable mother: Dorris Faulkner Bradford

In honor of my remarkable daughter: Alexandria (Alex) NicoleBlalock

In recognition of remarkable women everywhere

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    I recently completed Becky Blalock's book Dare. It is the first

    I recently completed Becky Blalock's book Dare. It is the first book in a long time that I finished reading within a month. I had a hard time putting it down. There were several key points in the book that I felt were directed to me specifically, especially understanding my self. The chapter on Dare to fail was something that reassured my belief that failing is not trying. I would recommend this book to anyone that would like a road map to success. It is like having a mentor at your finger tips. Thank you Becky Blalock for the inspiration to be a confident leader!

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