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Saying NO to the Workplace Status Quo: 13 Women Who Are Rewriting the Rules If readers are not sure what a firebrand is, they’ll find out in Mikaela Kiner’s powerful first book. Women of all generations will nod in recognition at the stories of 13 professional women from diverse backgrounds and industries as they recount the career challenges they've faced and how they have Saying NO to the Workplace Status Quo: 13 Women Who Are Rewriting the Rules If readers are not sure what a firebrand is, they’ll find out in Mikaela Kiner’s powerful first book. Women of all generations will nod in recognition at the stories of 13 professional women from diverse backgrounds and industries as they recount the career challenges they've faced and how they have overcome bias, sexism, and the power imbalance. These women are role models, not just because they’ve been successful in their careers, but because they are mission driven and doing good in the world. They are whole people dealing with work, family, balance, confidence, and the need to stay motivated and strong. Mikaela Kiner spent 15 years in HR leadership at Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games, and Redfin. In 2015 she founded Reverb, which helps companies create healthy, inclusive culture that engages and inspires employees. Female Firebrands is an honest, modern, and solutions-oriented guide for dealing with situations working women know all too well: sexual harassment, not being taken seriously, and being talked over, passed over, underpaid, and underappreciated. Mid-career professional women will read this book and know they're not alone. Women earlier in their careers can save years of heartache and frustration by learning what's worked for women who came before them. Chapter checklists provide invaluable to-do lists for women, men who want to be their advocates, and HR and business leaders as well. Readers will learn how to— • Develop tools and techniques to stand and speak up on behalf of yourself and others when it’s both difficult and necessary • Get better at recognizing “little indignities” you don’t have to tolerate • Understand what it means to be an informed, empowered advocate for women • Increase awareness of your own blind spots and biases so you can learn from them • Recognize the role of privilege at work and how it can be used for positive change


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Saying NO to the Workplace Status Quo: 13 Women Who Are Rewriting the Rules If readers are not sure what a firebrand is, they’ll find out in Mikaela Kiner’s powerful first book. Women of all generations will nod in recognition at the stories of 13 professional women from diverse backgrounds and industries as they recount the career challenges they've faced and how they have Saying NO to the Workplace Status Quo: 13 Women Who Are Rewriting the Rules If readers are not sure what a firebrand is, they’ll find out in Mikaela Kiner’s powerful first book. Women of all generations will nod in recognition at the stories of 13 professional women from diverse backgrounds and industries as they recount the career challenges they've faced and how they have overcome bias, sexism, and the power imbalance. These women are role models, not just because they’ve been successful in their careers, but because they are mission driven and doing good in the world. They are whole people dealing with work, family, balance, confidence, and the need to stay motivated and strong. Mikaela Kiner spent 15 years in HR leadership at Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games, and Redfin. In 2015 she founded Reverb, which helps companies create healthy, inclusive culture that engages and inspires employees. Female Firebrands is an honest, modern, and solutions-oriented guide for dealing with situations working women know all too well: sexual harassment, not being taken seriously, and being talked over, passed over, underpaid, and underappreciated. Mid-career professional women will read this book and know they're not alone. Women earlier in their careers can save years of heartache and frustration by learning what's worked for women who came before them. Chapter checklists provide invaluable to-do lists for women, men who want to be their advocates, and HR and business leaders as well. Readers will learn how to— • Develop tools and techniques to stand and speak up on behalf of yourself and others when it’s both difficult and necessary • Get better at recognizing “little indignities” you don’t have to tolerate • Understand what it means to be an informed, empowered advocate for women • Increase awareness of your own blind spots and biases so you can learn from them • Recognize the role of privilege at work and how it can be used for positive change

53 review for Female Firebrands: Stories and Techniques to Ignite Change, Take Control, and Succeed in the Workplace

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dora Okeyo

    I've been reading this book this morning and it's amazing how there are little things, comments that have been made at work that I never took as or thought of as little indignities until I read this book. This are phrases like "you'd make a good wife," or "by the time you're done with this project we should get you a man," and I shrugged them off. This is an ideal read for not only the woman but also the man in the workplace. It's vital that we create the space and time for other women as well. T I've been reading this book this morning and it's amazing how there are little things, comments that have been made at work that I never took as or thought of as little indignities until I read this book. This are phrases like "you'd make a good wife," or "by the time you're done with this project we should get you a man," and I shrugged them off. This is an ideal read for not only the woman but also the man in the workplace. It's vital that we create the space and time for other women as well. The greatest takeaway for me from reading this book is this: 'Trust yourself if something makes you feel uncomfortable, don't write it off." Thanks netgalley for the eARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Literary Apothecary

    Well-written clarion call to all working women. Mikaela has skillfully researched and shared an authentic approach to highlighting the issues that women of all colors, races, and sexual orientations face in today's workplace, from the #metoo to the #momtoo movements. To complement each chapter and present actionable items, Mikaela provides a priceless end-of-chapter checklists with content for both women and HR/Business leaders. If you enjoyed titles like Own It: The Power of Women at Work or Be Well-written clarion call to all working women. Mikaela has skillfully researched and shared an authentic approach to highlighting the issues that women of all colors, races, and sexual orientations face in today's workplace, from the #metoo to the #momtoo movements. To complement each chapter and present actionable items, Mikaela provides a priceless end-of-chapter checklists with content for both women and HR/Business leaders. If you enjoyed titles like Own It: The Power of Women at Work or Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back, you will enjoy Female Firebrands! Read how this book personally touched me on my blog.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steve Brown

    Please note that my reviews aren't really review, they are more like my cliff notes that I take while reading books. The book features a baker's dozen of successful women rewriting the rules Take the Implicit Association test to help uncover unconscious biases https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit... The most shocking take away is that every one of these women had a #metoo story. This tells us just how prevalent harassment is in the workplace. Remember, it's never the victim's fault. Men who are acc Please note that my reviews aren't really review, they are more like my cliff notes that I take while reading books. The book features a baker's dozen of successful women rewriting the rules Take the Implicit Association test to help uncover unconscious biases https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit... The most shocking take away is that every one of these women had a #metoo story. This tells us just how prevalent harassment is in the workplace. Remember, it's never the victim's fault. Men who are accused of assault and discrimination are often giving more sympathy than the victim. Think of Anita Hill vs Clarence Thomas or more recently with Judge Kavanaugh. One negative unintended consequence of the #metoo movement is that some men are now scared to have business meetings or dinners alone with women. This means women are being treated differently and excluded from one on one coaching, mentoring, etc. A key thing to look for are the little indignities. Assuming the women will get the coffee for example or checking her out when she bends over and then making a comment. Remember, the people doing this are in a position of power. We need everyone to speak up and tell people it's wrong Women are also often given assignments like planning parties and cleaning up. It's fine to pitch in, but not at the expense of missing more meaningful assignments and they shouldn't be doing all/most of that type of work Interestingly, women and men both hold women to higher standards. Which may be we its often said they have to work twice as hard to succeed. https://reverbpeople.com/femalefirebr...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brigitte Yuille

    Female Firebrands effectively shares the stories of women trying to climb the corporate ladder and maintain their careers in mostly male-dominated environments. The book offers what I call "mentorship from afar" because the stories discussing the conflicts and struggle these women encountered also provide examples of how to gracefully conduct yourself in the most challenging moments. When I read the book, I found myself relating so much with many of these women's experiences and having cathartic Female Firebrands effectively shares the stories of women trying to climb the corporate ladder and maintain their careers in mostly male-dominated environments. The book offers what I call "mentorship from afar" because the stories discussing the conflicts and struggle these women encountered also provide examples of how to gracefully conduct yourself in the most challenging moments. When I read the book, I found myself relating so much with many of these women's experiences and having cathartic moments relative to the MeToo movement. I appreciate the author's efforts toward diversity and inclusion throughout the book. I encourage her to continue to delve into the issues of women of color because their challenges are often far more intense. I also appreciate the discussion about the wage gap for women. I notice that women influence this gap by not asking for more. When this occurs, it doesn't just hurt the candidate; it hurts all women. I've had to tell a female job candidate: "you have every right to ask for what you deserve. I will do my best to make room for your request in the budget." Some key takeaways from the book that I walked away with include: "Meet the person where they are and communicate, so they can understand the message you want them to hear:" Create a script or talking points to prepare for challenging situations and practice for them. This way, you can respond with grace and feel empowered. "Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you:" Maintain your integrity and boundaries, and find a constructive way to promote a positive change. Don't be afraid of giving or receiving constructive feedback. Place yourself where opportunities exist, e.g., you might not be a high-powered executive, yet. However, if you surround yourself with high-powered executives and are open to learning, you will become one. Create a personal strategic plan for the year and revisit it every month. "We can help change the world through the stories we tell and the experiences we provide."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maritza

    Female Firebrands Stories and Techniques to Ignite Change, Take Control, and Succeed in the Workplace written by Mikaela Kiner is a well-written book. The book provides the reader with an in-depth view of the unique challenges and obstacles faced by women in the workplace. The author features 13 stories of female firebrands and follows each story with an explanation of what makes them a female firebrand. The story proves how these women turned their experiences into success stories. Female Firebr Female Firebrands Stories and Techniques to Ignite Change, Take Control, and Succeed in the Workplace written by Mikaela Kiner is a well-written book. The book provides the reader with an in-depth view of the unique challenges and obstacles faced by women in the workplace. The author features 13 stories of female firebrands and follows each story with an explanation of what makes them a female firebrand. The story proves how these women turned their experiences into success stories. Female Firebrands is a must-read for women in the workplace. The stories are motivating and eye-opening. The author also provides a helpful checklist at the end of the chapters that the reader can implement quickly. In a welcome addition to the incredible stories, the author includes information about the #Metoo movement that has moved to the forefront in the last several years. The author examines in depths and writes about issues such as privilege, and women being stereotyped. The author empowers readers by providing the insight needed and teaches how to speak up, advocate, and spread the word. The author includes a glossary that is helpful to the reader. What I enjoyed about the book is the direct and concise delivery of the book’s messages. The data provided to back up the stories and the content in the book. Female Firebrands is a genuinely empowering book for all. In my opinion, readers will enjoy and undoubtedly gain increased knowledge of everyday issues and events that happen in the workplace. Moreover, the motivating stories will empower and help others move forward. The checklists are a valuable addition to this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    This book started out great - I’d picked it up in the airport and I could barely put it down for the whole first flight. But then in the second half, the author’s political leanings came out (she’s from western Washington so no surprise that she leans liberal). And that would have been ok except for the name calling and completely unbalanced perspective she presented. (She May not be sexist or racist but she sure came across as a “partyist”!) I felt like she had one good point about Trump and the This book started out great - I’d picked it up in the airport and I could barely put it down for the whole first flight. But then in the second half, the author’s political leanings came out (she’s from western Washington so no surprise that she leans liberal). And that would have been ok except for the name calling and completely unbalanced perspective she presented. (She May not be sexist or racist but she sure came across as a “partyist”!) I felt like she had one good point about Trump and the impact on women but she carried it too far and I felt like she lost credibility because it devolved from data-driven to opinion. After that, the book just lost steam and I ended up skimming the last couple chapters. I’m glad for the first half, that gave me ideas to propose at work, but the second half was much less compelling.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Female Firebrands introduces us to 13 different industry professionals and their suggestions on how to combat common prejudices and harassment women face in the workplace. From #Metoo to #Momtoo and everything in between, these women show how they and others have faced these issues and advocate for women. I found this book to be rather underwhelming and not really what I expected it to be - although I'm unsure of what I expected . . . maybe something more about how these women came to be in a pla Female Firebrands introduces us to 13 different industry professionals and their suggestions on how to combat common prejudices and harassment women face in the workplace. From #Metoo to #Momtoo and everything in between, these women show how they and others have faced these issues and advocate for women. I found this book to be rather underwhelming and not really what I expected it to be - although I'm unsure of what I expected . . . maybe something more about how these women came to be in a place of power within their workplaces or something. If that is what you're looking for, then this book isn't going to help you. If what you are looking for is ways and means to combat whatever prejudice or harassment or issues that you are facing within your workplace. Whether that be from male or female colleagues (yes, women come with prejudices too), this book WILL empower you to do that. Aside from my misplaced expectations, this is a good book, with good advice for women of all ages in any workplace.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darya

    When I started reading, I started recognizing that this is exactly what was happening to me (you are arrogant, you play too smart, you are too creative, you have too many strategic ideas, there is room for improvement, you need to work on grey area and the list goes on..)! Feedback from my managers at previous jobs that didn't follow explanations, we're lacking specific examples and any sort of advice for improvement. This made the whole process of professional development extremely confusing. A When I started reading, I started recognizing that this is exactly what was happening to me (you are arrogant, you play too smart, you are too creative, you have too many strategic ideas, there is room for improvement, you need to work on grey area and the list goes on..)! Feedback from my managers at previous jobs that didn't follow explanations, we're lacking specific examples and any sort of advice for improvement. This made the whole process of professional development extremely confusing. And this what happens if you sencirely believe what you are told. You are unique and capable of anything in the right environment. This book will showcase the stories of women who succeeded in their mission.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa K

    I really enjoyed this book. As other reviewers have stated, it helped me identify and be more aware of the micro aggressions I, and the women around me, experience on a regular basis. And what to do about it. It's an empowering book. I am glad to have read it.

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  30. 4 out of 5

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