Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms (Hardcover)
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*Named a Best Business Book of 2020 by Fortune and Bloomberg*
Full of empowering wisdom from one of Silicon Valley's first female African American CEOs, this inspiring leadership book offers a blueprint for how to achieve your personal and professional goals.
Shellye Archambeau recounts how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young black woman, wife, and mother, managing her personal and professional responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM and subsequently in her roles as CEO. Through the busts and booms of Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, this bold and inspiring book details the risks she took and the strategies she engaged to steer her family, her career, and her company MetricStream toward success.
Through her journey, Shellye discovered that ambition alone is not enough to achieve success. Here, she shares the practical strategies, tools, and approaches readers can employ right now, including concrete steps to most effectively:
- Dismantle impostor syndrome
- Capitalize on the power of planning
- Take risks
- Developing financial literacy
- Build your network
- Establish your reputation
- Take charge of your career
- Integrate work, marriage, parenthood, and self-care
About the Author
Shellye Archambeau is one of high tech's first female African American CEOs and has been featured frequently in Forbes, the New York Times, Business Insider, and more. Formerly an executive at IBM and President of Blockbuster.com, Archambeau was recruited to be the CEO of a then-struggling Silicon Valley startup, which is now MetricStream, a recognized global leader in governance, risk, and compliance software solutions. She currently serves as a Fortune 500 board member and holds board seats at Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and Okta.
"In a world thattoo often tells women, especially Black women, to stay small, keep quiet, andknow their limits, this book says otherwise. It's a celebration of womenknowing their power."Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org
"Shellye has achieved amazing success through aclear strategy of setting goals, making plans, and intelligent risk-taking. In this book, she's now sharing these strategies with us: why to set anambitious plan and how to achieve it. Highly recommended."Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Start-Up of You
"Shellye's life story, and the lessons it carries, are powerful examples of focus and ambition that can shape your life for the better. If your goal is just to be famous, maybe this is not the story for you, but if your goal is to be a truly great leader of men and women, you have found your guide."Ben Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Hard Thing about Hard Things
"Unapologetically Ambitious is a treasure trove of strategic wisdom and practical tips, brought to life through amazing storytelling that will leave the reader inspired, empowered and appreciative. The book deals with the realities of setbacks, trade-offs and societal norms in an authentic way, while illustrating that strength and success often lie in mindset and the team you choose in life. The closing chapter serves as a master guide to navigating life, providing a penultimate takeaway for any reader early in their journey to put the wisdom and experience of the Archambeau's lessons learned into immediate action!"Brad D.Smith, Executive Chairman of Intuit and Nordstrom
"Through a compelling story about her own journey,Shellye offers powerful tips for how to live life courageously and go afterwhat you want. From investing in your financial health to integrating work,marriage, parenthood and self-care--each chapter lays out actionablestrategies to help you achieve your goals. A must read for anyone looking forways to grow and live their best life."ThasundaBrown Duckett, CEO, ChaseConsumer Banking
"A successful career in any industry is always underpinned by a few important elements: focus, risk-awareness and drive. Shellye's book Unapologetically Ambitious underscores the importance these elements can play in your career and showcases brilliant strategies and approaches through her own career pursuits. "
John Thompson, chairman of Microsoft
"Shellye Archambeau is one of the mostintelligent, hard-working and focused women I have met in my 40+ years ofbusiness. I was very pleased to have her join the Verizon board in 2013and have watched her rise within the board to now head the Corporate GovernanceCommittee. Her experience as an African American women rising through theranks of both large global businesses and technology startups gives her aunique perspective to share with those entering the business world especiallythose people of color. Grab a pen a paper as you read this book. Itis full of the guidance that will put you on a path to career success."Lowell McAdam,Former CEO of Verizon
"There are lots of people who have the raw talent and ambition to be great successes, but lack a strategy and plan. That's what Unapologetically Ambitious is about! It reveals Shellye Archambeau's formula for developing your own talent and getting what you want out of life both professionally and personally. It's the book I wish I had read when I was in my 20s."Eric Schmidt, Google CEO and chairman from 2001 until2011, Google executive chairman from 2011 to 2015 and Alphabetexecutive chairman from 2015 to 2018
"Archambeau's winning voice and refusal to countenancefailure make for an appealing account of one woman's path to success."Publishers Weekly
"Archambeau'sbook is essential reading for anyone seeking guidance on taking a strategicapproach to increasing their odds for success in business and life. Iespecially recommend it to entrepreneurs and innovators who are early in theircareers and focused on drawing down risk and achieving targetedmilestones."Clare Leinweber, Executive Director of TsaiCenter for Innovative Thinking at Yale
"Shellye Archambeau's remarkable journey is one of tremendous grit and perseverance. Through honest storytelling, Unapologetically Ambitious reveals a clear message-create your own luck."Mellody Hobson, Presidentand co-CEO of Ariel Investments
"Shellye Archambeauis an extraordinary leader whose insight is only rivaled by her foresight. Shetakes us through her fascinating life's journey, which is marked by doggedpersistence, bucking of norms, and repeated excellence. This deeply personaland engaging book is a must-read!"Tsedal Neeley,Harvard Business School Professor and Author of the Language of GlobalSuccess