Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms

Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms

Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms

Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms


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Full of empowering wisdom from one of Silicon Valley's first female African American CEOs, this inspiring leadership booknamed a Best Business Book of the Year by Fortune and Bloombergoffers a blueprint for how to achieve your personal and professional goals.

Shellye Archambeau recounts how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young black woman, wife, and mother, managing her personal and professional responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM and subsequently in her roles as CEO. Through the busts and booms of Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, this bold and inspiring book details the risks she took and the strategies she engaged to steer her family, her career, and her company MetricStream toward success.

Through her journey, Shellye discovered that ambition alone is not enough to achieve success. Here, she shares the practical strategies, tools, and approaches readers can employ right now, including concrete steps to most effectively:
  • Dismantle impostor syndrome
  • Capitalize on the power of planning
  • Take risks
  • Developing financial literacy
  • Build your network
  • Establish your reputation
  • Take charge of your career
  • Integrate work, marriage, parenthood, and self-care
Each chapter lays out key takeaways and actions to increase the odds of achieving your personal and professional goals. With relatable personal stories that ground her advice in the real world and a foreword by leading venture capitalist and New York Times bestselling author Ben Horowitz, Unapologetically Ambitious invites readers to move beyond the solely supportive roles others expect them to fill, to learn how to carefully tread the thin line between assertive and aggressive, and to give themselves permission to strive for the top. Make no apologies for the height of your ambitions. Shellye Archambeau will show you how.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538702895
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/06/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 527,946
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Shellye Archambeau is one of high tech's first female African American CEOs and has been featured frequently in Forbes, the New York Times, Business Insider, and more. Formerly an executive at IBM and President of Blockbuster.com, Archambeau was recruited to be the CEO of a then-struggling Silicon Valley startup, which is now MetricStream, a recognized global leader in governance, risk, and compliance software solutions. She currently serves as a Fortune 500 board member and holds board seats at Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and Okta. See more at www.shellye.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction xv

Part 1 Early Lessons 1

1 Create Your Own Luck 3

2 Beware of Impostor Syndrome 13

3 Find Your Cheerleaders 21

4 Control What You Can 27

5 Don't Let Them Win 31

6 Decide What's Important to You 35

7 Set Your Goals 40

Part 2 Strategize for Success 43

8 Devise a Plan 45

9 Learn the Ropes 51

10 Prepare for Opportunity to Appear 59

11 Strategic on All Fronts 63

12 Foster Self-Determination 75

13 Take a Stand 78

14 Build Your Reputation 81

15 Be Partners in Planning 86

Part 3 Living the Plan 93

16 Execute the Plan 95

17 Understand the Field 106

18 No Second Thoughts 111

19 Delegate 114

20 Embrace Your Limits 119

21 Live Your Values 125

22 Forget about Work/Life Balance 129

23 Manage Your Own Career 134

24 Tell People What You Want 138

25 Let It Go 141

26 Every Move Is "Our" Move 145

27 Your Challenges Are Your Strengths 150

Part 4 Swerve 155

28 Move Around the Blocks You Can't Remove 157

29 Make the Right Choice at the Right Time 161

30 Stay Flexible 168

31 Stay Connected 173

32 Never Say Die 177

33 Keep Learning 183

34 You Deserve It 190

Part 5 Improving Your Odds 193

35 Find Your Mentors 195

36 Build Your Network 205

37 Find the Current 210

38 Take Risks 213

39 Life Planning 101 223

Epilogue 245

Book Dedication 253

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 261

Personal Planning Guide 267

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