'An excellent and insightful book. Ines has provided a highly strategic and practical text full of invaluable career advice. A must read for those seeking to recruit and retain the largely under-utilized talents of 50 per cent of the world's workforce. Mandatory for women who rightfully expect to have a fulfilling career and a family.' - Claire Braund, Executive Director, Women on Boards, Australia 'Ines Wichert has written a very important book: yes indeed, where are all the senior women? In facing up to the gritty realities for women competing in organizations and drawing on the experiences of senior female executives, she offers immensely practical, step-by-step advice on ways for women to rethink their careers and enhance progression. Men also need to understand how to encourage and promote female leaders. They also need to read this book.' - Dr George Olcott, Non-Executive Director at Nippon Sheet Glass and NKSJ Holdings, Inc. (Japan), and Professor at Tokyo University, Japan 'Dr Wichert has distilled the critical roles and experience required to get to the top echelons in business. The result is a clearly defined check-list for women who want to hone their career plan and a must for businesses who are serious about enabling the 'right' career progression and development to get women to the top.' - Charlotte Sweeney, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, EMEA, Nomura International, Tokyo, Japan 'A useful and structured guide for women who want to get ahead in their careers - on their own terms - but within the current corporate structures. This book shows that if your ambitions are clear there are practical steps you can take to retain your 'promotional material' status within the company. The book has a number of tough messages for women to step up and ASK but above all shows by examples that having a career as a senior executive can be exciting, fun, stretching and rewarding and you should not give up too soon.' - Elin Hurvenes, Founder and Chair, Professional Boards Forum, Norway 'This book fills a real gap and provides well-supported advice to help women build their careers. Intrapreuneurial activity, vital to any large organization, features rightly as one of the three leadership brands which women may adopt in their attempt to break through the glass ceiling.' - Doug Richard, Founder, School for Startups, UK, and Dragons' Den Entrepreneur 'In my role as the Co-Chair of the London European Professional Women's Network, I have often asked myself, 'where are all the senior women?' This is a must-read book for any professional woman who wants to 'control the controllable' and take charge of her career. By searching out these career critical assignments, Ines shows how talented women can gain the confidence they need early in their career, accelerate their career after having children and contribute authentically to their organizations as they crash through the glass ceiling.' - Michelle Brailsford, Co-President, European Professional Women's Network, London 'This book succeeds brilliantly for a number of reasons: it pitches at the mid-ground between simpler cliche-ridden self-help books and weighty academic tomes; and the senior managers Ines interviews are well-chosen to have a range of experiences that make their narratives invaluable sources of information for the reader. This book is strongly recommended for ambitious women setting out, or at the early stages of, a career in management. Their male counterparts will learn a lot from it too! Dr Wichert should be congratulated on a very important contribution to help women climb to the top of their profession, avoiding the buffers and sidings that have held back so many of their predecessors.' - Dr Brendan Burchell, Director of Graduate Education, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, UK
The journey to the top is difficult for anyone, men and women alike. It requires determination, long hoursand the right CV. Arguably though, women need more support along this route as they face additional hurdles and lack vital role models. This important new book asks 'Where Have All the Senior Women Gone?', and sets out the nine job assignments that are a 'must-have' in building a credible and strong CV for top positions. Women's career histories are often too narrow or too focused on staff roles. A lack of the right job assignments, such as profit and loss responsibility, an international posting or operational experience can be one of the barriers for women to be appointed to the top jobs.
In this new book, Ines Wichert describes the challenges and lessons learned of successful female business leaders as they experienced the nine job assignments. Drawing on interview data and original research from both male and female senior executives and CEOs, Wichert provides a broad and balanced insight into both the developmental and the CV-building aspects of each of the nine job assignments under discussion. This book is not only intended for women who want to move all the way to the top. It will help any career-minded woman to re-evaluate her current career trajectory and provide fresh ideas for future career moves. It is also essential reading for all managers and directors who want to improve the development of their employees and who want access to the best candidates for senior executive roles