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The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women… (edition 2014)

by Katty Kay, Claire Shipman

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Title:The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know
Authors:Katty Kay
Other authors:Claire Shipman
Info:HarperBusiness (2014), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 256 pages
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Tags:cultural studies, recommended

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There's very little new here about women and not speaking up and it doesn't go very deep. The inquiry is guided mostly by the author's own personal experiences and reflections than critical thought. I would even say this book is a bit old in thought, maybe more appropriate for a decade or more ago. The only added value from the book is defining confidence as per psychology. But don't expect a literature review, just quotes from psychologists whos credentials /expertise areas are not clear.

Confidence is feeling that you can recover from failure, the sense that you can master something; it changes from task to task.


Takeaways for building confidence the book:

1) Practice. The authors don't go into this example I'm sharing, they just point to the mastery definition, but in scuba when someone is nervous before a dive we don't say"oh don't worry you'll be fine!" Instead we ask the person what are you worried about? They answer and we say, what would you do in that situation? You want that person to connect their worry to their training, to recall in that level of heightened anxiety the skills. You want the training to be their gut response to panic.

2) Meditate.

3) Practice gratitude to help persevere and persist.

4) Break up challenges into manageable chunks

5) Value struggle/become comfortable with struggle

6) Be yourself (this one is more modern and I am giving the authors credit here because they didn't really give a lot of space to this, behaviors were portrayed as gendered more than individual)

7) speak up/without hedging (the "fix the women" approach)


I want to read a book about how women can tell where to find support and when to give up on a group. Because sometimes your energy is better utilized elsewhere, no matter how confident or capable. ( )
  CassandraT | Sep 23, 2018 |
A lot of duh! kind of insight, especially when it comes to comparing men and women. That is, no new information here.
The genetics and hormonal influences on confidence was interesting. One gene provides 3 phenotypes, oxycotin and serotonin influence is. And despite your nature, nurture has a lot to do with your confidence levels. Other than that, their advice comes done to "nothing ventured, nothing gained" and you just need to practice. Again, nothing really new. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Dec 3, 2017 |
The beginning was a little dense and moved slow. But after chapter 3, I started to enjoy the findings much more. ( )
  Ahtoosa | Aug 3, 2016 |
I have recommended this book to several coworkers. It has the power to be transformational - completely reframing how we can approach work, communication, and taking the risks so essential to success. Written for women, this book can also be eye opening for men. Recommended. ( )
  Meggo | Sep 25, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006223062X, Hardcover)

Following the success of Lean In and Why Women Should Rule the World, the authors of the bestselling Womenomics provide an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career.

Working women today are better educated and more well qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence.

Combining cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition—with examples from their own lives and those of other successful women in politics, media, and business—Kay and Shipman go beyond admonishing women to "lean in."Instead, they offer the inspiration and practical advice women need to close the gap and achieve the careers they want and deserve. 

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"Working women today are better educated and more well qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence. Combining cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition--with examples from their own lives and those of other successful women in politics, media, and business--Kay and Shipman go beyond admonishing women to "lean in."Instead, they offer the inspiration and practical advice women need to close the gap and achieve the careers they want and deserve" --… (more)

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