Book review: Mrs Moneypenny's Career Advice for Ambitious Women

Emma De Vita reviews the new book by Heather McGregor

Mrs Moneypenny's Career Advice for Ambitious Women
Mrs Moneypenny's Career Advice for Ambitious Women

Heather McGregor, alias Mrs Moneypenny, is a high-flier who owns and runs the executive search company Taylor Bennett.

She also has her own TV programme on Channel 4 about how to scrimp and save, which, though it focuses on domestic money-saving, extols principles every manager and organisation should take up.

When it comes to women who want to get ahead, Mrs Moneypenny says that self-confidence is key and "an attribute that all ambitious women need to develop".

According to research from the Institute of Leadership and Management, female managers have significantly lower self-confidence and higher self-doubt than their male counterparts. This is to their detriment, because higher levels of confidence mean you are more likely to go for a promotion, ask for a pay rise or get the recognition you deserve.

The book also makes a plea to have more women on boards. There's a pathetically low number of women directors in the UK - how many does your charity have, for example? The more women at senior level, the better off the women are in that organisation, and the better off it is as a whole.

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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