ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (Review)

Updated on January 29, 2020
MsDora profile image

For the past decade, Ms.Dora has been sharing poetry, creative writing, positive quotes, and reflections online. Her aim is life enrichment.

Disrupters is “not about what companies and institutions can and should do to promote gender equity,” says author Dr. Patti Fletcher in her introduction. “It’s a business book on finding success in the world by doing things your own way."

The Book and the Author

Dr. Patti Fletcher writes for Inc., Huffington Post, The Guardian, and The Digitalist, and has contributed to several other publications including Time Magazine, Forbes, Fortune and Newsweek.

Fletcher has spent the past ten years coaching and advocating for women business leaders. In her doctoral research, she studied 15 trailblazers not only to compile statistical analyses (of which there are several in Disrupters) but also to understand their common characteristics, and the key themes that define their perspectives and journeys. Disrupters aims to help readers find their personal paths to their success, and as a long term goal, to help them blaze the trail for their daughters and granddaughters to follow in their steps.

Source

Kindle File Size: 857 KB
Print Length: 317 pages
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press (January 16, 2018)
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Genre: Women and Business, Self-Help

Book Overview By Chapters

Throughout the text, the name disrupters refers to the successful women who reached the top of the business ladder. Fletcher's self-explanatory titles make it easy to present her points by chapters.

(1) Know the Game

Business is a game. Disrupters learn the rules so they can recognize opportunities to change them, and so that they can know why they lose when they lose.

2. Define Your Own Success

Instead of accepting other people’s definition of success, disrupters determine their performance according to their purpose and set their own finish line.

3. Choose Career and Family

Disrupters do not choose between career and family. They bargain not for balance, but for integration.

Career and Family, Not Career or Family

Military couple Majors Dennis and Lesley Ortiz have a 14-month old son who stays with Lesley's mother while they are deployed. Photo Credit: Major David Olson
Military couple Majors Dennis and Lesley Ortiz have a 14-month old son who stays with Lesley's mother while they are deployed. Photo Credit: Major David Olson | Source

4. Get Out of Your Head

Despite the overwhelming evidence that they live in a man’s world, disrupters do not see themselves as victims. They quiet their fears and self-doubts and affirm that they have the skills and capabilities to meet the challenge.

5. Use What You’ve Got

Haters may tell them that they were chosen just because they were women. They know that even if that were the case, they have skills that qualified them for the position. They use the opportunity to their advantage.

6. Take the Damn Job

Women want to be sure they’re competent so they take a class. Men believe in their confidence so they take the job. Female disrupters do as good a job as men figuring out the steps as they go. They focus on competence over confidence.

7. Mentoring Works (Except When It Doesn’t)

Most mentoring programs coach employees on understanding how the organization works; but the training does not affect their access to promotions. They create diversity, but not inclusion. In this chapter Fletcher includes Diversity Inc’s 21 Best Companies for Women.

8. Thrive in the Tribe

Disrupters do not like traditional networking. They form relationships with like-minded people and become sisters in a supportive tribe.

9. Lead Like a Woman

Disrupters do not fight the physiological differences between genders; they embrace them. They recognize their need for male input, but they focus on being strong instead of sexy in their male-female interactions.

"Wonder woman wasn't there to be sexy and alluring and flirt her way to victory, and that means she has big muscular thighs.

— Dr. Patti Fletcher in "Disrupters"

10. Open the Door for Someone Else

Disrupters advocate and champion the causes of other women, in their effort to increase the field of female leadership. They want other women including their offspring to receive opportunities similar to theirs.

Pros and Cons

Fletcher includes many statistical charts and research findings which show the disproportion between male and female leadership even in companies where women are the majority. Women who claim not to be bothered, may be forced to grapple with reality, especially when they think of the future for their offspring.

The interviews at the end of each chapter are motivational. They include disrupters in prestigious companies like Procter & Gamble, Netflix and IT companies in the Silicon Valley. They include entrepreneurs who have made contributions to global business. They encourage women to become game changers in their move forward. They also prove that some prejudice is not as much against women, as toward the traditional views some have always known.

This book may not interest every woman, although all can learn from it. Some may be turned off by charts and lists with strictly-business terms, but it is a business book; and those who venture may obtain some brain exercises in memorizing her definitions.

Disclosure

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley (https://www.netgalley.com). There was no request for a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

© 2018 Dora Weithers

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)