In the vein of Lois Frankel's classic bestselling Nice Girls Don't Get TheCorner Office, Karen Finerman—a highly successful hedge fund manager and a mother of four young children—reveals her smart, contrarian strategies for getting ahead and having it all.
Karen Finerman likes to tell people she was raised Calvinist. Or as her mother used to say, "I buy my girls Calvin Klein clothes... Then when they graduate from college, they have to figure out how to pay for them themselves." In order to keep herself in Calvin, Karen went to work on Wall Street.
As a woman working in finance she noticed numerous ways that she and her female colleagues sabotaged themselves both professionally and personally. Why were her friends unable to bring the same logic they applied at work to personal decisions? Why did they often let personal baggage undermine them in the office in a way that her male colleagues never did? A classic illustration is that women tend to Poll (Do I look good in these shoes?) rather than Decide, often giving too much weight to the input from a random stranger rather than rely on their own gut.
Covering three major topics (Career, Money, Love), Finerman's Rules serves up unvarnished advice about getting ahead in your career, overcoming failure, meeting your ideal mate, and navigating the challenges of work-life balance. Most importantly, she offers the reader a crash course in taking control of her financial destiny. Or as Karen puts it, "You wouldn't let a man tell you where to live, how to vote, or what to wear. Then tell me why 80 percent of women have a man in charge of their money?"
According to Finerman, CEO of Metropolitan Capital Advisors and the "chairwoman" on CNBC's Fast Money, the biggest career obstacles women face are themselves. While there's no denying that Finerman is a poster child for success in a male-dominated field (in addition to being the mother of two sets of twins), she's also an avid student of life. In this frank, unvarnished account of her life and career and the important lessons that have contributed to her personal and professional success, Finerman helps women recognize where they're vulnerable so they can avoid success-killing traps. She offers valuable guidance on issues such as how to determine when change is needed and how to seek a mentor. Other practical advice concerns effective public speaking, and building and rebuilding career momentum. Readers will appreciate her take on the challenges of being a wife and mother while maintaining a career, as well as the pitfalls of maternity leave. Her unorthodox perspective on multitasking and her 10 pointers for working mothers show that it's okay to be satisfied without doing it all. Spunky, direct, and full of spot-on wisdom, Finerman's advice will benefit any woman in the business world.
Great book. Great advice