Hot Best Seller

Beyond the Label: Women, Leadership, and Success on Our Own Terms

Availability: Ready to download

The former global CEO of Chanel charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive, guiding readers to move beyond the confines of staid expectations and discover their own true paths, strengths, and leadership values. Driven. Shy. Leader. Wife. Mother. We live in a world of categories — labels designed to tell the world, and ourselves, who we are and The former global CEO of Chanel charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive, guiding readers to move beyond the confines of staid expectations and discover their own true paths, strengths, and leadership values. Driven. Shy. Leader. Wife. Mother. We live in a world of categories — labels designed to tell the world, and ourselves, who we are and ought to be. Some we may covet, others we may fear or disdain; but creating a life that’s truly your own, means learning to define yourself on your own terms. In Beyond the Label, Maureen Chiquet charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive. Sharing the inklings, risks and (re)defining moments that have shaped her exemplary career, Chiquet seeks to inspire a new generation of women, liberal arts grads, and unconventional thinkers to cultivate a way of living and leading that is all their own. Through vivid storytelling and provocative insights, Chiquet guides readers to consider the pressing questions and inherent paradoxes of creating a successful, fulfilling life in today’s increasingly complex and competitive world. "Why should we separate art from business, feelings from logic, intuition from judgment?" Chiquet poses. "Who decided you can’t be determined and flexible, introspective and attuned, mother and top executive? And where does it state standing unflinchingly in your vulnerability, embracing your femininity, won’t make you stronger?" Wise, inspiring, and deeply felt, Beyond the Label is for anyone who longs for a life without limits on who she is or who she will become.


Compare

The former global CEO of Chanel charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive, guiding readers to move beyond the confines of staid expectations and discover their own true paths, strengths, and leadership values. Driven. Shy. Leader. Wife. Mother. We live in a world of categories — labels designed to tell the world, and ourselves, who we are and The former global CEO of Chanel charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive, guiding readers to move beyond the confines of staid expectations and discover their own true paths, strengths, and leadership values. Driven. Shy. Leader. Wife. Mother. We live in a world of categories — labels designed to tell the world, and ourselves, who we are and ought to be. Some we may covet, others we may fear or disdain; but creating a life that’s truly your own, means learning to define yourself on your own terms. In Beyond the Label, Maureen Chiquet charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive. Sharing the inklings, risks and (re)defining moments that have shaped her exemplary career, Chiquet seeks to inspire a new generation of women, liberal arts grads, and unconventional thinkers to cultivate a way of living and leading that is all their own. Through vivid storytelling and provocative insights, Chiquet guides readers to consider the pressing questions and inherent paradoxes of creating a successful, fulfilling life in today’s increasingly complex and competitive world. "Why should we separate art from business, feelings from logic, intuition from judgment?" Chiquet poses. "Who decided you can’t be determined and flexible, introspective and attuned, mother and top executive? And where does it state standing unflinchingly in your vulnerability, embracing your femininity, won’t make you stronger?" Wise, inspiring, and deeply felt, Beyond the Label is for anyone who longs for a life without limits on who she is or who she will become.

59 review for Beyond the Label: Women, Leadership, and Success on Our Own Terms

  1. 4 out of 5

    Allyson

    First of all, congratulation to Ms. Chiquet! She has accomplished quite a bit, including rising to a CEO role, one which many women do not reach. I was excited to read about her career path and for the inspiration I felt would follow. Unfortunately, I did not feel that the book was particularly inspiring. She writes well, with vivid descriptions. She brought me into the story at several points, the writing felt that incredible. However, many of the experiences she described felt to live at the s First of all, congratulation to Ms. Chiquet! She has accomplished quite a bit, including rising to a CEO role, one which many women do not reach. I was excited to read about her career path and for the inspiration I felt would follow. Unfortunately, I did not feel that the book was particularly inspiring. She writes well, with vivid descriptions. She brought me into the story at several points, the writing felt that incredible. However, many of the experiences she described felt to live at the surface. I was hoping for a great deal more focus on her business accomplishments, but instead read more about specific moments that did not necessarily tie to the greater message. Ms. Chiquet was the Global CEO of Chanel for years and spent a very cursory amount of time describing this experience. Save for briefly recounting a leadership retreat in Southeast Asia, there was not much happening about what exactly she did. I feel that her platform for writing this bit is her prior post as the Global CEO of Chanel. She unfortunately did not expound upon her experiences at the company. As a more specific example, when talking about her interview process for the job at Chanel, she slyly slid in that she had grown Old Navy to billions in profit. From reading her recount of her experience, you would not have particularly known what she accomplished or how she did it. I did find that Ms. Chiquet followed a bit of a different formula for her book in terms of structure. Instead of reading strictly chronologically, she would infuse stories from later times in her life, that connected to the time period she was writing about. I liked this as it was a bit different than similar business memoirs. This structure did make logical sense by directly connecting the reader to how certain lessons would impact her future. If you absolutely love reading memoirs about women who have accomplished great things, read her book. She is most definitely a force to be reckoned with. The book also reads extremely quickly, I finished it in a matter of hours. However, if you only have time or only are looking for one girl power business memoir, there are superior options. I would like to emphasize that this is not an attempt to undermine Ms. Chiquet, rather the way the book was written was not inspiring to me and did not seem to scratch the surface of her accomplishments.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Inna

    Успіх – ось той дзвіночок, який вказує людині, що час написати таку книжку. Обернувшись назад, можна проаналізувати, які зустрічі/поради/події дали найцінніші уроки, і які рішення привели до сьогоднішніх здобутків. Чи допоможе це іншим? Маю сумніви. Що мені дала ця книга? Читаючи про знайомство і майже одномоментну закоханість Морін Шике у Францію, я згадала свої заняття французької мови і як мені б хотілося повернути цю мову у своє життя. Щодо іншого, то через рік у мене нема шансів згадати хоч Успіх – ось той дзвіночок, який вказує людині, що час написати таку книжку. Обернувшись назад, можна проаналізувати, які зустрічі/поради/події дали найцінніші уроки, і які рішення привели до сьогоднішніх здобутків. Чи допоможе це іншим? Маю сумніви. Що мені дала ця книга? Читаючи про знайомство і майже одномоментну закоханість Морін Шике у Францію, я згадала свої заняття французької мови і як мені б хотілося повернути цю мову у своє життя. Щодо іншого, то через рік у мене нема шансів згадати хоч щось з її змісту.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heidi C

    I borrowed this book because I saw a “dream” opportunity with Chanel (I didn’t get the job, not even a reply that I sent directly to the reporting manager on LinkedIn), only to (re)discovered that career is really about “beyond the label”. There were so many things I assimilated myself with Maureen especially the influential power hissed after you worked for L’Oréal for a period of time. She shared way more in details of her earlier career compare to when she was VP, president and CEO... I guess I borrowed this book because I saw a “dream” opportunity with Chanel (I didn’t get the job, not even a reply that I sent directly to the reporting manager on LinkedIn), only to (re)discovered that career is really about “beyond the label”. There were so many things I assimilated myself with Maureen especially the influential power hissed after you worked for L’Oréal for a period of time. She shared way more in details of her earlier career compare to when she was VP, president and CEO... I guess at the end of the day, higher positions are really just more politics. I am particularly fond of how she shared that she has chosen work over her family, especially being absence away from her children. It is not that she deprioritize her kids and basically missed out their whole childhood, it is a choice to make and it didn’t make her a bad mom. But it is hard, people don’t understand, society and culture still label women should take up more responsibilities of childcare, but what if, a woman is better working than childcare she didn’t seem to able to enjoy unless someone else can do all the cooking and cleaning? Now that my career is in standstill, I have reflected a lot on it. I used to felt just like Maureen that I felt guilty travelling around the world for work, hosting mega seminars while I only want to just sing ABCs with my kids when they were at kindergarten and baked cookies with them. All that I could do now but I couldn’t get my son into a private school simply because I didn’t have the high social status that I once had with an association of a prestige brand. It is controversial, it is upsetting and to a point, perhaps that’s is really the underlying reason why women who are successful in the career is afraid to quit at mid-point so we did 10 hours flight when when we were 7 months pregnant, staved yourself to lose weight and rush back to work within 4 weeks. And going out to have business dinners when you already was exhausted from 6am getting kids ready still jetlagging, long day work in high heels... Great book to share, made me feel better that one of the most successful women faces the dilemmas that I had faced everyday for years as well. It is motivating yet sad at the same time. At the end of the day, we are grateful of all the choices available for us and the support and understanding provided.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Camille Zhang

    I really like the content, it tells me that a lot of great figures (no matter which field they are in) may not be excel in the first place. Also, in great cases, they might not be an extravert or your typical successful billionaire figure. The author of the book tells me that you can get what you want if you have enough enthusiasm in the field, work hard enough, care about people, think of the problem outside of the box, you might get what you want to get at the end of the day. As the author was I really like the content, it tells me that a lot of great figures (no matter which field they are in) may not be excel in the first place. Also, in great cases, they might not be an extravert or your typical successful billionaire figure. The author of the book tells me that you can get what you want if you have enough enthusiasm in the field, work hard enough, care about people, think of the problem outside of the box, you might get what you want to get at the end of the day. As the author was a literature major graduate, the story was quite intriguing, Maureen is a great storyteller(like many successful people do). A lot of parts are beautifully written. However, I wish I could hear more about how Maureen succeed as an introvert woman(she wrote quite a lot about what a shy person she was), especially in a still very male-dominated workplace.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Piepie

    This book was surprisingly interesting! I hate shopping 😂, and yet the journey Chiquet took from St. Louis girl to learning more about beauty and fashion to becoming CEO of the House of Chanel was really fascinating to me. Chiquet doesn't even join Chanel until toward the end of the book. There are a lot of takeaways and life lessons to apply regardless where you work. She seems like a humble, honest person, and her book, only 12 chapters long, was a quick read. I also skimmed through a few onli This book was surprisingly interesting! I hate shopping 😂, and yet the journey Chiquet took from St. Louis girl to learning more about beauty and fashion to becoming CEO of the House of Chanel was really fascinating to me. Chiquet doesn't even join Chanel until toward the end of the book. There are a lot of takeaways and life lessons to apply regardless where you work. She seems like a humble, honest person, and her book, only 12 chapters long, was a quick read. I also skimmed through a few online articles about her, and actually watched a speech she'd done on YouTube while reading this book (I didn't realize the speech would basically appear at the end of this book)! She's not a tall, towering person, she doesn't seem to take up a lot of physical space, but what she has to say is commanding, informative, and inspiring. If Chiquet writes another book, I know I'll be just as riveted.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Hasty

    I have a love/hate relationship with these "business memoir" type books. On one hand, they provide excellent material for discussion with my students about what it is like to work in the retail industry. This type of book often inspires my students to work hard and contribute something larger to the world than selling product. On the other hand, I often find the same, tired advice with a slightly different twist each time. Rarely do I find a truly unique point of view. But as far as this genre g I have a love/hate relationship with these "business memoir" type books. On one hand, they provide excellent material for discussion with my students about what it is like to work in the retail industry. This type of book often inspires my students to work hard and contribute something larger to the world than selling product. On the other hand, I often find the same, tired advice with a slightly different twist each time. Rarely do I find a truly unique point of view. But as far as this genre goes, Beyond the Label by Maureen Chiquet is one of my favorites. For more on this book, visit: https://www.hastybooklist.com/home/20...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I met this author and heard her speak so that likely colored my impression of the book. It was disappointing that she didn’t provide more detail in the book about some of her experiences, like leaving Channel. But I also found lacking detail about her vision of female leadership and new ways of leading. She talked about this more in person and I think the final chapter of the book could have been much richer with more of her expertise.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    No surprise, extremely well written and inspiring. I was lucky to have had the chance to work for Maureen at Old Navy and applaud her foray into writing. I found it extremely fresh and helpful as I continue my journey of leadership. Her perspective and approach to motivating a team, truly listening and how to feed creativity was most beneficial to me. Thank you, Maureen!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Olga Onopchenko

    Ця книга - це чудовий баланс розповідей та ділових ідей. Авторка розповідає історії та ділиться думками, пропонуючи читачеві подумати і відчути для себе те, що є для них правдою. Книжка відрізняється від типової ділової літератури, яка розповідає вам про те, як мислити, і аналогічно відрізняється від художнього твору, оскільки вона базується на досвіді реального життя лідера. Дуже добре написано.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    great read very introspective more life affirmative than business book. I liked how the author just relates how she went from" Mass to Class" in a very personal intimate way and invites you to reflect on your own choices. Interesting insider view of the business world for women on both side of the Atlantique, sharing lessons she learned but not giving any. great read very introspective more life affirmative than business book. I liked how the author just relates how she went from" Mass to Class" in a very personal intimate way and invites you to reflect on your own choices. Interesting insider view of the business world for women on both side of the Atlantique, sharing lessons she learned but not giving any.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Blakely

    There were a lot of take aways in this book. But I found the flow to be very haphazard. I think there were too many pages spent on certain things and not enough of others. The information shared about her career at Chanel was very vague, down to why she left. Additionally, using “beyond the label” was excessively overused.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla

    I did have some take-aways from the book regarding career movement, but I think I started reading this book thinking that I was going to be more 'inspired?'. I appreciated her leadership style as it was presented in the book. I did have some take-aways from the book regarding career movement, but I think I started reading this book thinking that I was going to be more 'inspired?'. I appreciated her leadership style as it was presented in the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lois Keller

    Very good, would recommend. The only con is that I feel she only highlights her accomplishments and successes (ie Keira Knightley, gap belts, etc) without talking about mistakes she made along the way.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Caroline E. Gogolak

    Excellent read for anyone in business (women and men). I would highly recommend this book for aspiring fashion and general business executives. The writing and life stories and motivating and inspiring.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    ....meh. Always fun to read 'behind the scenes'...and it was but after that, probably not the book for me. Not that interested now in 'leadership', 'success' and my 'own terms'...but maybe for others. I am always open to openings and listening... so good things there. ....meh. Always fun to read 'behind the scenes'...and it was but after that, probably not the book for me. Not that interested now in 'leadership', 'success' and my 'own terms'...but maybe for others. I am always open to openings and listening... so good things there.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexia

    This book in an incredible example of why we need more women on leadership positions. Ms. Chiquet's book is a light way reading (and necessary) to any one who loves fashion, business ou inspirational women. This book in an incredible example of why we need more women on leadership positions. Ms. Chiquet's book is a light way reading (and necessary) to any one who loves fashion, business ou inspirational women.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ana Grau

    It's always good to read about women success. Maureen experience is helpful and gives you good advices. However, I missed some more examples of the troubles she found in her way to CEO at Chanel. It's always good to read about women success. Maureen experience is helpful and gives you good advices. However, I missed some more examples of the troubles she found in her way to CEO at Chanel.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lucía

    https://www.luciarodriguezc.com/bookr... https://www.luciarodriguezc.com/bookr...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Field

    Maureen's interests and career journey provide great insight into the fashion retail world. I appreciated her transparency and growth as a career professional. Maureen's interests and career journey provide great insight into the fashion retail world. I appreciated her transparency and growth as a career professional.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Miry Oliveira

    Tirando os termos técnicos de vendas, que não entendi nada, achei uma ótima leitura. Mostra a força, a dedicação e os altos e baixos de uma mulher que primeiramente amou a França.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Behounek

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vartika

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen Kidd

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tess

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Reeder

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

  30. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  31. 5 out of 5

    Ruxandra Duca

  32. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

  33. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  34. 5 out of 5

    Christa May

  35. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

  36. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  37. 4 out of 5

    E. R.

  38. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Reader

  39. 4 out of 5

    Melody

  40. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

  41. 5 out of 5

    Melly Mel

  42. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  43. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  44. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  45. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Wagner

  46. 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon

  47. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  48. 5 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  49. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  50. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

  51. 5 out of 5

    Stacia Chappell

  52. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

  53. 4 out of 5

    Charissa

  54. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Heare Watts

  55. 5 out of 5

    LAURI CRUMLEY COATES

  56. 5 out of 5

    Pam Mooney

  57. 4 out of 5

    Joy Yerkie

  58. 5 out of 5

    Pam

  59. 4 out of 5

    Ted

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.