Kick Some Glass

Kick Some Glass

Kick Some Glass: 10 Ways Women Succeed at Work on Their Own Terms is the book for women who are ready to step up, step out, and lead a life that fully embraces their authentic self. Whether stuck in middle management, stalled in mid-career, or mulling over a major career change, sometimes the proverbial glass ceiling feels very real indeed—a barrier keeping women from fulfilling their potential.


Authored by Jennifer Martineau and Portia Mount, Kick Some Glass offers tools and insights for women to discover and implement their unique work-life intentions.

“From the wage gap to gender stereotypes to inconsistent parental leave policies, women face myriad external career challenges, particularly women of color and women from poor communities. On top of external pressures, internal anxieties like imposter syndrome and other competing priorities further weigh on working women. Nevertheless, women are increasingly raising their hands to lead in their communities and organizations,” says Martineau.

“We urgently need more women in leadership roles in our companies and our communities,” said Mount. “Kick Some Glass draws from decades of study, our personal stories, and insights from more than 40 women and men to help empower women with the tools to achieve their career aspirations. We hope it galvanizes women to step forward in their workplaces and encourages organizations to think differently about how we recruit, promote and retain women.”

“Time and again, CCL research has shown that organizations benefit from female talent in terms of higher job satisfaction, greater organizational dedication, and lower rates of burnout,” says Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) President and CEO John R. Ryan. “This book validates the barriers women face on their leadership journeys and provides actionable ways to overcome them. It also challenges us all to reflect on how we can build stronger, more inclusive communities that support the leadership of women and girls.”

In Kick Some Glass, published by McGraw-Hill, Martineau and Mount also explore the importance of owning and using your personal power, how to decide if it’s time to reinvent your career, and how women can “power down” instead of opting out of the workforce.

“As senior executives, we wrote the book we wish we had earlier in our careers. We spoke to a broad array of successful executives—men and women—and distilled their best advice,” said Mount. “And unlike other career advice for women, this book isn’t trying to ‘fix’ women,” added Martineau. “We combine this advice with ground-breaking research on women and leadership to develop strategies that will work for any woman who is motivated to get the most out of her career.”

Jennifer Martineau and Portia Mount

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Refreshing and authentic​

I especially enjoyed the chapter on Executive Presence (Ch. 9). I’m not very image-conscious, so it helped to remember that executive presence matters to others who make decisions to promote, support, and be influenced by leaders. Jennifer and Portia give great tips on how to exude confidence AND competence by honing your presence.
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Kate F.
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A Women's Book for Everyone

Kick Some Glass offered practical insights that are relevant to a broad group of women, no matter what your position or career goals, there is something in this book for everyone. I had many key takeaways and “wow” moments in every chapter. The book helped to validate many of my thoughts and experiences and empowered me to make changes in the way I treat myself and perceive myself in the work world.

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Merry Amazon Review

Very relevant to all women in today's working world.

I highly recommend this book! It’s filled with good examples of real world situations and ways to navigate the working world for women in various stages of their career. I would have liked to have read this book earlier in my career, but am glad to see that my experiences have been shared by many women.

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