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WISE Bookshelf: The Empress Has No Clothes

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Inspiration comes from many avenues. In our WISE Bookshelf feature, members share some of the titles that have encouraged them to think outside of the box, try a new approach, dig down deep for the confidence they needed to make that big decision or simply allowed them a reprieve from the daily grind. Happy reading!


The Empress Has No Clothes by Joyce M. Roche
Genre: Career/Business


I have to be honest and admit I had never heard of "Imposter Syndrome" until I read this book and while the learnings from the book can apply to both men and women as they navigate the workforce, it will resonate more with women who typically are not as outspoken at work as men. For anyone starting out in their career or just wondering what to do next, I think this book has some great lessons about not doubting your abilities, and most importantly, standing up for yourself and what you think is fair. Best of all, it's an easy read. I got through it in a couple of days. It has some great lessons on changing careers, chasing what you want to do and not listening to other voices about what you should be doing. Overall a good read.

Submitted by: Jane Hollman | NYC Metro | 15+ years experience

WISE Boston, 2/15/16 — I read this book last summer. It was highly impactful, as I often have felt like the Empress in various roles. However, until I saw this posting about the book being read now, I had not really stopped to assess what i took away from it. I can say with certainty that it helped change my attitude. There is a difference between confirming that one is making the right decisions/doing the right things as opposed to constantly questioning oneself. After reading the book, I chose to be more confident and not second-guess myself so much. It is a habit that takes time to break, but I am getting better. I highly recommend this book for anyone at any phase of life/career. It is a challenging read from an emotional standpoint (take the time to really think about yourself in similar situations), but a simple, well-written book that is not hard to get through.

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