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Publisher's Summary

High-achieving women share their worst mistakes at work - and how learning from them paved the way to success. Named by Fast Company as a "Top 10 Book You Need to Read This Year", in Mistakes I Made at Work, a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Business Book for Spring 2014, Jessica Bacal interviews 25 successful women about their toughest on-the-job moments. These innovators across a variety of fields - from the arts to finance to tech - reveal that they’re more thoughtful, purposeful and assertive as leaders because they learned from their mistakes, not because they never made any.
Interviewees include: Cheryl Strayed, best-selling author of Wild, Anna Holmes, founding editor of, Kim Gordon, founding member of the band Sonic Youth, Joanna Barsch, Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, Carol Dweck, Stanford psychology professor, Ruth Ozeki, New York Times best-selling author of Tale for the Time Being, And many more!
Ideal for millennials just starting their careers, for women seeking to advance at work, or for anyone grappling with issues of perfectionism, Mistakes I Made at Work features fascinating and surprising anecdotes, as well as tips for listeners.
©2014 Jessica Bacal (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Claudia on 06-18-14

Encouragement for women

A very interesting book. For those who are feeling like an outsider when instituting new ideas in the workplace and society. A combination of anecdotes and actionable tips, this book is realistic and sensible about executing on your wildest dreams.

The narrator is an unfortunate choice. I believe her voice is better suited to the romance genre. Too breathy and a bit too perky for these real and beautiful stories of life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Snigdha Rai on 04-05-16

Good source of insight

An eye opener for a 30 something woman trying to excel in a corporate environment

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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