Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski

Knowing Your Value

It 's no secret that women have long been overlooked and under-compensated, and while great strides have been made in recent decades, the value placed on women versus their male counterparts is still consistently unbalanced. In "Knowing Your Value," bestselling author Mika Brzezinski takes an in-depth look at how women today achieve their deserved recognition and financial worth. Prompted by her own experience as co-host of "Morning Joe, " Mika i...

Details Knowing Your Value

TitleKnowing Your Value
Release DateApr 26th, 2011
PublisherHighbridge Company
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Self Help, Feminism, Leadership, Womens

Reviews Knowing Your Value

  • Susan
    While there are some good basic points here, I was let down by this book by Mika Brzenzinski. Using her natural circle of pundits, politicos and celebrity friends who surround the Morning Joe show on MSNBC as her research resources, much of her advice on how to know your worth and negotiate your best salary rings rather hollow to us down here on the bottom rungs of the socio-economic ladder. If she'd bothered to discuss the hard realities of work...
  • Lynne Spreen
    Women want to be liked but men want to be paid, and those desires drive their decision-making style in salary negotiations. This is the underlying message of Mika Brzezinski's new book, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth. It's not just money, though. We women stay too long in one-way relationships. We give when we should take. We sacrifice ourselves for some external "greater good" (admirable, but not if it's an all-t...
  • Jerrod Carter
    I was hoping for a bit more content on knowing your value and less on the already well documented case of women not making what their male peers make. The book probably spends less than half of its content on the subject espoused on the title.With that said, there is good content on the stated subject and women would do well to read the book. For that matter, so would men.Ms. Brzezinski does make some pretty sweeping generalizations that are pret...
  • Mara
    $1.95 audiobook today...This is totally outside the realm of my normal reading fare, but,  for under two bucks, I figure I could do with a dose of insight on my so-called "value" (especially since I'm categorically terrible at capitalism). Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth - Audible Daily Deal
  • Caitlin Moyer
    This was a good book overall, but instead of making me feel uplifted and rah-rah-rah, it left me feeling defeated.Prior to reading it, I was perhaps a little naive to the injustices women still face in the workplace, especially at higher levels. I don't think this was a bad thing- being younger than Mika and attending an all-girls school, I was simply raised thinking that anything boys can do, girls can do better. And the guys I know that are my ...
  • Nona Thomas
    I was eager to read this book. I enjoy watching the television show "Morning Joe" with Mika Brzezinski. I was disappointed in the book. Mika Brzezinski begins the book describing the anguish of unemployment. She obtains a job which requires her to wear many hats to keep the position. She is recruited by Joe Scarborough at the inauguration of "Morning Joe". She is an intelligent, self-sacrificing, hardworking and capable employee. But her hard wor...
  • Charlene
    on a whim I stopped by Barnes and Noble to look for some "negotiating as a woman" books and I stumbled across this one. The book is a story of Mika Brzezinski, a former CBS anchor who was laid off, then being picked up as a co-host for the Morning Joe show with Joe Scarborough. Interspersed with her personal story about trying to learn to stand up for herself is advice from other well known women in the business world. I consumed it in about an h...
  • Spagetes
    This book made me anxious. I can relate to the fear of confronting an employer over salary and needing to be a martyr because I'm "lucky" to have he opportunity to work wherever. I think she's right that those are typical female perspectives about work. Mika weaves her story around anecdotes from other successful women from a diverse range of fields. They all have similar stories of struggling to be taken seriously and get paid equitably. The wom...
  • Steven Beardsley
    This book is an excellent snapshot into the very real world of working women and the challenges faced by them. Center stage is the story of Mika Brzezinski, co-host of the popular morning political show Morning Joe. As a man reading this book written primarily to women was enlightening in many ways, but in two particular ways. First, even women themselves struggle to answer the questions of career and family in ways that don't even dawn on men. A...
  • Yelda Basar Moers
    When I first saw this audiobook, I only saw the title Knowing Your Value in gigantic, capitalized, bold letters. I didn’t see the small letters of the subtitle: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth. I was misled into thinking that the audiobook was about knowing your value in general. So I must warn readers that this audiobook is not about that, it’s about how women can ask for higher pay in corporate America. Mika Brzezinski has don...
  • Lilly
    This book should be required reading for any woman who plans on, you know, ever having a job. It isn't about putting a # on your value but on realizing that the traditional ways that women communicate and relate- which often serve us well in our daily lives - actually work very much against us in the work environment. And an important point: it's not about men vs. women, it's about women as their own worst enemy. First of all, Mika is extremely l...
  • Cathy Allen
    Thank you Mika! Not only was this a wonderful idea for a book, but it was very well done. By taking the time to share your personal struggle with being paid fairly, and then reporting on the struggles of other highly successful women, you have performed an invaluable service!I laughed out loud as I recognized myself in some of your stories. We women really can be our own worst enemies sometimes when it comes to receiving fair compensation for our...
  • Emilie
    This is a quick read and offers a lot of personal perspectives from high level females (and some males) in the the work place about not being paid appropriately for work. Brzezinski, of course, tells her tale about the self-discovery that she wasn't as confident in herself as one in her position should be, and SHE was the reason for her proper lack of compensation - not anyone else. It's a helpful guide if you're somewhat established in a career ...
  • Jenny
    This book was very similar to Cheryl Sandberg's Lean In. It adds a little more focus on salary negotiation, but it falls short on offering practical advice. It is particularly undermined by the fact that she still says she doesn't think her compensation reflects her value (even though it is much improved).Like Lean In, this book is really targeted toward the upper eschelons of professional women, particularly those who do have nearly irreplaceabl...
  • Hayley
    This paperback was as secondhand freebie given to me. I fit Brzezinski’s intended demographic: young women, working professionals, who want to be recognized at equal value and be compensated for what they are worth. This book is a companion to the statistical fact that women take home less pay than men.I appreciated Brzezinski’s metaphor that it is women who are more likely to “take up the mop” and do the invisible labour that needs to be...
  • mz
    A quick and interesting read. What I really appreciate about Brzezinski's book is the emphasis on women's mistakes - on the fact that women often perpetuate and create our own powerlessness. Owning this fact gives us the agency to realize that we actually possess power to recreate structures that don't get us what we want. For me, this is an important revelation as I think back on some of the frustrations I've experienced with power structures in...
  • Tara
    This is a collection of conversations and stories, all centered around Mika's own story of not getting paid what she deserved. (When Morning Joe started, she made 1/14 of what her co-host made!)I loved the advice, but didn't love how it was organized. Since I'm self-employed, valuing my worth is more about setting the right prices than negotiating a raise, but I still found bits of this useful, especially as I helped one of my clients raise her r...
  • Cindy
    While I'm a Mika and Morning Joe fan, I was disappointed by the book's lack of depth. I already knew that women don't speak up for themselves enough in the workplace and that we say things like, "I'm just lucky to have gotten to this position." And, it's obvious that you should be prepared to walk if you've drawn a "salary line" in the sand. Really nothing new here except for a little insight into Mika's personal life.
  • Beth Lee
    Concise and well written. If you are a female professional and you suspect you are under compensated, then you probably are. This book gives real world examples to illustrate male female compensation inequality and supports it with a variety of tips and strategies to help you build your own case for a promotion. It worked for me and I hope it works for you too!
  • Natalie Dipietro
    A friend who was going through a rough time at work read this then passed it on to me. It changed my life. I knew I was being taken advantage of, but this book showed me just how much. I got a new job & never looked back. Since then I must have purchased 10-15 copies and given them to my girlfriends having a rough time in the workplace.
  • yoli
    Heard Mika speak at a Women's Leadership event through work, and was intrigued by her story and perspective. Looking forward to reading this book, especially as I think through where I want my career trajectory to go.
  • Briana Ford
    A really good follow up to the conversations brought up in Lean In. Women need to know their value and be able to negotiate it. The conversation for the gender gap continues.
  • Marrije
    Useful. Could have done without the Donald Trump interviewettes, though...
  • Felicia Phan
    Pretty empowering book. Many credible interviews with female high flyers that show us the possibilities of balancing life with power.
  • Jenni Clark
    This had quite a bit that was useful to me and I appreciated that it didn’t take the boo hoo women are victims approach. It was more identifying reasons for difficulties women have interfacing in the business world and some strategies for gracefully overcoming those obstacles. I thought it reinforced the concept that it’s possible to be powerful/successful/tough without forfeiting the softness and emotional intuition that makes women so uniqu...
  • Helena
    This is a really good book - Mica writes about her story, her personal struggles with making ends meet while working for Morning Joe. The book is short and she gives you just the right amount of information to get the message across. The main argument is: yes, it is true that women do walk a fine line between being able to fend for themselves - and being liked. A woman who asks for a promotion is often perceived as the "b" in the team. And so, wo...
  • Steph
    A good book for those interested in corporate business structures and how women can make more of an impact in their own careers and pay structure.Brzenzinski draws from interviews with many authority figures (women in politics and upper echelon business, and men in corporate business in journalism) to discuss her experience and that of other women struggling to make their way in a male-dominated world. I think her point is that if these high-prof...
  • Katie(babs)
    I'm a fan of Mika, and watch her M-F on Morning Joe on MSNBC. I became an even bigger fan when I heard her at a panel during NYC Book Expo. Knowing Your Value is an almost biography of Mika's professional life as a woman over forty. She explains how it took her a long time to understand her value as a woman in the work place, and because of that she suffered from not getting paid what she felt she was worth including the respect she deserved. She...
  • Akunna
    Knowing Your Value I read this book because doing good work doesn’t necessarily guarantee advancement up the corporate or career ladder and I wanted to be better equipped. Mika Brzezinski used anecdotes to share practical lessons on discovering one’s worth and communicating your value from a female perspective. She shared personal experiences from her own journey and also included pointers she gained from interviews she conducted with leaders...
  • Sarah Christine Holzer
    There was definitely some good advice and things to be taken away from this book, but unfortunately there was also a lot that was really unhelpful. There were a lot of places throughout the book that there could have been some good advice, but instead the author boiled the issue down to "a problem all females just face" and kind of left it at that instead of actually giving some advice. And at times I wasn't sure that the advice was going to help...