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I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know
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PNC INSIGHTS Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 Issue
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Former Cosmopolitan editor Kate White offers frank career advice.

Remember that super-ambitious friend from college? She's the one whose confidence and enthusiasm made your eyes roll, but whom you secretly admired. How does she do it, you wondered?

Kate White, who served as editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 14 years (after successfully running four other national magazines), is that serial over-achiever who always said she'd rule the world - and then proceeded to do just that in the publishing industry.

Some of the content in I Shouldn't Be Telling You This will indeed make your eyes roll. Chapter headings such as "Be Grabby!" and "What Are You Really Lusting For?" seem fresh from the latest cover of Cosmo. But at its heart, the book offers frank, practical advice for women at any stage of their career, from their first position to what White calls "the BIG JOB" and beyond.

The book employs the formula that has made Cosmopolitan successful since the 1960s: engaging, well-researched bite-size bits of information that shoot right at the heart of a reader's interest. White doesn't sugarcoat anything. In a chapter on taking charge, she advises readers to "be a little bit scary." Among her 18 People Principles, she offers this dose of reality: "Even in the sanest workplaces, you can come face to face with a psycho."

White's advice is rarely off the mark. And there's bound to be a secret weapon or two that even the most hardened "career girl" (to use Cosmo's rather antediluvian term) will want to add to her arsenal. Perhaps White is right: Maybe she shouldn't be telling you this!

 


 

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