Smart Women Take Risks: Six Steps for Conquering Your Fears and Making the Leap to Success

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9780071467544: Smart Women Take Risks: Six Steps for Conquering Your Fears and Making the Leap to Success

Take the plunge. Come out ahead.

There are certain risks you might feel uncomfortable making—but calculated risks are necessary to propel you to new heights in your professional and personal development. Every time you choose security over something new, you’re missing new opportunities—and the chance to live a happier, more fulfilled life.

As CEO of Creative Expansions, Inc., Helene Lerner coaches women on how to actualize their potential, increase their self-esteem, and reach their goals. Now, in Smart Women Take Risks, she shares her powerful 6-step program, revealing how you too can take smart, strategic risks born from careful thought and intuition-and create positive change in your professional and personal life.

Lerner helps you change your perception about risk-taking, and shows you how to determine whether a risk is a Best Bet, a Not Now, or a No Go. You won't risk blindly; you'll go in with your eyes wide open and commit to a doable goal that lets you move forward confidently without the overpowering fear of failure. Lerner gives you expert tools that will help you:

  • Build and maintain a strong support team-a crucial step for successfully creating change
  • Overcome procrastination, perfectionism, and second-guessing
  • Vocalize your success (yes, it's ok to brag!)
  • Keep your accomplishments “green” by continuing to build on them
  • Apply these risk-taking principles to other areas of your life

Lerner shares inspiring stories and tips from women who stepped out of their own comfort zones, took leaps, and moved ahead with faith and confidence. she shows you how to harness the opportunities in your own life--and take risks that will push you to greater heights of success.

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Do risks scare you?

Are You locked in a comfortable rut?

Do you avoid change?

You're not alone. Many women find it difficult to take the kind of risks that can be critical to moving ahead in their careers.

But all that's about to change. In this breakthrough, no-nonsense guide, Helene Lerner shares her program for taking smart, calculated risks that will help you achieve your goals without fear, excuses or second-guessing. Her six action steps reveal how you can change your perception about risk-taking and make a confident leap to success by

  • Committing to a goal
  • Building a winning support team
  • Determining if a risk is a Best Bet
  • Claiming your victory

"Smart Women Take Risks combines an inspirational step-by-step program with the remarkable success stories of women risk-takers so you can blaze your own trail. It's smart, timely and on target."-Linda Kaplan Thaler, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, The Kaplan Thaler Group

"Helene Lerner knows a thing or two about risk, and a thing or two about women. That combination gives readers a book that is wise, savvy and eminently useful."-Sheila Wellington, Clinical Professor of Management Stern/NYU School of Business

Inspirational as well as practical."--Carolyn Elman, CEO, The American Business Women's Association

About the Author:

Helene Lerner is CEO of Creative Expansions, Inc. (CEI), designed to help women actualize their potential. As an Emmy Award-winning executive producer, she has hosted and created over 20 programs for public television that have been shown nationwide. Lerner's popular Web site womenworking.com offers strategies on advancement, leadership, navigating work/life, and power networking contacts. She also coaches individuals and consults with Fortune 500 clients on techniques to increase their effectiveness.

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