Ironically, I started reading this book in a moment of self-doubt. I was headed to a keynote presentation and, for a variety of reasons, was not feeling confident. In an effort to find my mojo, I opened the book. Two hours later, the plane landed, the book was finished and I was ready to rock my speech. While every reader of The Confidence Code may not read the book at the perfect moment as I did, it is still worth checking out.
Here are the top reasons you need to read this book:
1. The conversational tone. I felt like Katty Kay and Claire Shipman the co-authors, were speaking to me. They are New York Times Bestselling Authors of Womenomics and admitted to having times of self-doubt too. As the reader, I was on a journey of discovery along with them. It was nice to know they didn’t have all the answers but were committed to asking the right questions. Their questions were very similar to the ones I ponder myself, when it comes to my work with women and wealth.
2. The multimodal approach to finding the answers. Unlike most authors, Kay and Shipman interviewed experts from a variety of fields including neuroscience, anthropology, sociology and psychology. The blend of the experts’ opinions and their own personal discoveries were unique and made it an enjoyable and enriching way to spend a plane ride.
3. Their relationship. So often women who co-write books or work as business partners don’t remain friends. These two seem to appreciate their differences and celebrate them. The mutual respect and appreciation for each other provides a great role model for women as they achieve success. Unfortunately, many women feel threatened when a colleague is successful, and I enjoyed seeing how these two managed it. While I am sure it’s not perfect behind the scenes, their honest ability to challenge and still honor each other was inspiring.
4. The interviews with powerful women. This book included interviews with women many of us only dream of having conversations with. Interviews with Monique Currie, a WBNA superstar known as “Mo”, to Christine Lagarde who oversees the International Monetary Fund to Hearsay founder, Clara Shih, a millennial with a brilliant mind and drive to go along with it, sprinkle the pages. These interviews add spice to the research presented along side of them.
5. The curiosity and candor. These authors are clearly curious, want to find the answer to solve the female confidence crisis and are transparent about their own journey. While the book doesn’t tie it all up in a bow with some easy to follow tips and tools, it does move the conversation on women and confidence in a very meaningful way.
If you are an advisor working with women who sometimes lack financial confidence, The Confidence Code is a must read. (click to tweet) This book is also a must read for a woman wanting to understand your self-doubt or a concerned citizen interested in helping young girls grow into women comfortable in their own skin.