- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Andrews UK Limited (29 October 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782342826
- ISBN-13: 978-1782342823
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,16,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The sheer number of her accomplishments are astounding, and she recounts them as if they were simple solutions to problems. She shows how they were anything but simple, but while reading, it almost all seemed inevitable with her being the force pushing it all forward, and the historical recounting of her battles and successes flows easily.
She candidly breaks down real financials during key events of the business, and you get to ride the roller coaster with her as she was told it would never work.
Seen through today's lens post-bubble, post globalized work forces, what she did was timed just right and executed incredibly well, and she transferred power/empowered her successors over and over.
She created a company of freelance software programmers who wrote punch card code at home, when the industry wasn't writing software for hire, would never think a woman could run this business, and would have never thought a woman could do it all from home. This was pre-Internet, dear review reader!!! Incredible!
She did it with unbelievable stresses in the home AS WELL as in business, and she did this far better than anyone I know could.
And she managed, in the end, to have created a lasting ideal that survived multiple versions of her original dream. Even later into her 80's, the company mission, vision, and values she started - with £6 and a mission statement - still influences the company heavily today.
So should you read this?
You should: Read this if you're a freelancer, programmer, or work from home. Read this if you are a consultancy or agency owner (like me), wondering what the future of work should look like, or want to know more about agency succession and philanthropy. Read this if you are a woman entrepreneur looking to beat the odds.
Her story will inspire you while at the same time give you exactly the right perspectives on your own problems, with these fantastic nuggets of wisdom for consultancies (and later succession strategies of consultancies) every few pages.
She is particularly a role model for women, women entrepreneurs, and women programmers. One can only imagine what the U.S. might have looked like today with someone like her pushing them forward. Her and more of her mold are sorely needed here.
Her son was autistic in the era before people had any good ideas on its treatment. This made for a very tragic family life.
The story that is told is still fascinating: a young woman who was very talented at mathematics and engineering who triumphed over the sexist prejudices in the UK in the post-war era. It's few shortcomings aside, I liked and greatly enjoyed about 85% of the pages; the rest I passed over, mostly. (A disclosure: Dame Stephanie and my wife are very distantly related at the grandparent and great grandparent level, which is why I decided to get the book in the first place.)
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