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Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms Hardcover – 29 October 2020

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  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1538702894
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1538702895
  • Customer reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 450 ratings

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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

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

Archambeau's book is essential reading for anyone seeking guidance on taking a strategic approach to increasing their odds for success in business and life. I especially recommend it to entrepreneurs and innovators who are early in their careers and focused on drawing down risk and achieving targeted milestones.--Clare Leinweber, Executive Director of TsaiCenter for Innovative Thinking at Yale

Archambeau's winning voice and refusal to countenance failure make for an appealing account of one woman's path to success.--Publishers Weekly

In a world that too often tells women, especially Black women, to stay small, keep quiet, and know their limits, this book says otherwise. It's a celebration of women knowing their power.--Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org

Shellye has achieved amazing success through a clear strategy of setting goals, making plans, and intelligent risk-taking. In this book, she's now sharing these strategies with us: why to set an ambitious 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 Archambeau is an extraordinary leader whose insight is only rivaled by her foresight. She takes us through her fascinating life's journey, which is marked by dogged persistence, bucking of norms, and repeated excellence. This deeply personal and engaging book is a must-read!--Tsedal Neeley, Harvard Business School Professor and Author of the Language of GlobalSuccess

Shellye Archambeau is one of the most intelligent, hard-working and focused women I have met in my 40+ years of business. I was very pleased to have her join the Verizon board in 2013 and have watched her rise within the board to now head the Corporate Governance Committee. Her experience as an African American women rising through the ranks of both large global businesses and technology startups gives her a unique perspective to share with those entering the business world especially those people of color. Grab a pen a paper as you read this book. It is full of the guidance that will put you on a path to career success.--Lowell McAdam, Former CEO of Verizon

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'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

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 CEO 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A roadmap to achieving success with any goal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A roadmap to achieving success with any goal.
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Shellye Archambeau’s new book titled, Unapologetically Ambitious is a must read for any female leader and the sooner you read her book, the better off you’ll be.

In this easy to read book, you’ll learn Shellye’s story of facing repeated adversity from a very young age to a defining moment where she doesn’t want to have to choose between tolerating cold temperature in her home to having to save up for college. This moment lights a fire under Shellye to stop at nothing in order to achieve success. No strong person has an easy past, and Shellye’s story confirms this because she takes no shortcuts throughout her journey. Every success she achieves is through sheer hard work and meticulous planning. She did her homework at every step of the way.

A few of my favorite parts include:

· Her strategic examination and mapping of IBM leadership routes to her devising a plan based on what she learned.
· Her bold questioning of a high profile Venture Capitalist before confirming her new role.
· Her keen insight to presenting a slide deck in a particular way to better connect with her international audience (found in chapter 27 – my favorite).
· Her smart decision to go external to find customer pain points to help her software company thrive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic story about "having it all"!
Reviewed in the United States on 7 October 2020
This book provides an authentic story about "having it all". Shellye digs deep and shares the doubts, tribulations, and joys that she experienced in her career.

What stood out the most to me was Shellye's relationship with her husband Scotty. It reminded me of Justice Ginsburg's relationship with her husband Marty. For all the unapologetically ambitious people out there, remember to choose a supportive partner that champions you and wants to see you grow and thrive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with lessons I will take with me for life
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