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9 Overall

10 Applicability

7 Innovation

9 Style


Many of the ideas in "bodacious" will sound familiar, since Mary Foley is advising women to be more assertive, strategic, competitive and political. It’s the formula men have long used to get ahead, but Foley addresses her counsel directly to women, along with tips on how to overcome traditional ideals about acting feminine. Hardnosed or not, Foley writes in an engaging way, as she combines personal growth suggestions with examples from success stories, including her own. After a ten year career starting as a customer service rep, she became an AOL millionaire and retired. Now an author, speaker and personal coach, she dispenses advice in a catchy, casual style, which makes even familiar suggestions interesting. While some men may find it interesting to eavesdrop on these lists and reminders for women in the workplace, recommends Foley’s breezy career boost to women white collar and professional employees who are ready to pump up on pep talk.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to be bold, audacious, and courageous - the words that make up "bodacious;"
  • How to increase your self-esteem, confidence and ability to stand up for yourself; and
  • How to succeed strategically at work and in business.

About the Authors

Mary Foley retired from AOL at 33, after 10 years of working her way up from an $8 an hour customer service rep to become AOL’s first head of corporate training and a multi-millionaire. Through her company, Bodacious Ventures, she shares her success strategies as an author, speaker and personal coach. She serves on the board of HumanR, a human resources software and consulting company. Martha Finney is a veteran human resources reporter for magazines, newspapers, NPR and CNN. She also wrote Find Your Calling, Love Your Life.



Becoming Bodacious
Mary Foley succeeded by being "bodacious." Beginning as an $8-an-hour customer service rep at America Online, she became the firm’s corporate training manager, in charge of training 12,000 employees. After 10 years, at 33, she quit and undertook the adventure of her...

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