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

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

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

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

by Becky Blalock


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From a veteran Fortune 500 executive, how women can reach and succeed in top leadership positions

Though women hold a majority of the managerial and professional jobs in the workforce, they occupy a mere 14% of C-suite positions at Fortune 500 firms. To break through this stubborn glass ceiling, women must learn to take bold steps when career-defining moments arise. During her 33-year career at Southern Company, a Fortune 500 utility company, Becky Blalock rose to become CIO in a traditionally male industry. Now she offers her own hard-won advice, as well as that of 28 top female executives, to show all aspiring women how to dare to reach the highest tier of leadership and C-suite positions.  

  • Includes advice and mentoring lessons from top women business leaders such as: Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA; Kat Cole, President of Cinnabon; Carol Tomé, CFO of Home Depot; Dr. Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College, and Jeanette Horan, CIO of IBM, among many others
  • Features straightforward, honest advice on gaining confidence, speaking up, finding mentors, learning to fail, building a network of allies, managing others, and more
  • Written by pioneering business leader Becky Blalock, with a Foreword by Anne Mulcahy, former chairperson and CEO of Xerox Corporation
Dare is must-needed guide for women everywhere, at every level, striving to develop the character, skills, and relationships that deliver greater success in the workplace. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118562642
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/07/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Becky Blalock is the former SVP and CIO of Southern Company, a Fortune 500 utilities firm. Under her leadership, Southern Company delivered over a billion dollars in new technology initiatives and was recognized as one of the “100 Most Innovative Companies” by CIO magazine and one of the “100 Best Places to Work in IT” by Computerworld magazine. Becky has also received numerous awards for her work on behalf of women’s initiatives. Today, she is a partner with Advisory Capital, where she provides strategic consulting, and is a board member to companies in energy, information technology, and medicine. Becky lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Alex.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Anne Mulcahy, Former Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation 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 Across the 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

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