Whether you are the CEO of a multibillion-dollar organization or a part-time administrator, The Naked Truth: A Working Woman's Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters, by Margaret Heffernan, is a valuable resource for any woman in the workforce.
Heffernan discusses how subtle differences between men and women—particularly in the workforce—can lead to confusion and misunderstanding. She suggests that even the most powerful women in business can be plagued with low self-esteem. Heffernan explains, "It's way past time for women to take ourselves seriously, know how good we are, be comfortable with our own energy, skills and talents—and make sure we put ourselves in positions where those are used, admired, respected and compensated appropriately." She gives personal accounts from women who reached the top of their fields, yet have been unable to attain happiness, and correlates this to the Hans Christian Anderson tale, The Emperor's New Clothes. She says that what women "see in the business world looks so different from what they hear their male peers seem to see. The discrepancies between how we see the world, and how men do, are too profound for us to ignore. That doesn't mean that we are wrong."
Margaret Heffernan was born in Texas but spent her childhood in Holland. She is a graduate of Cambridge University and worked as a television producer in England, producing several television series and award-winning documentaries. Heffernan has been a CEO for a handful of successful companies and has been profiled on several news channels, including the Cable News Network (CNN). She is a frequent public speaker trying to help businesses improve their cultural climate. Her book, The Naked Truth: A Working Woman's Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters, is an ideal read for any woman earning a paycheck.