Kick Some Glass: 10 Ways Women Succeed at Work on Their Own Terms


by Jennifer Martineau (Author), Portia Mount (Author)

The rule-smashing guide for motivated working women who want to stop following someone else’s rules and take charge of their own success.

You leaned in like a palm tree in a hurricane. You cracked the confidence code. You’re determined not to be a nice girl, but a #GirlBoss. You’ve learned you can’t have it all, but you still try anyway. You know all of this. You’ve read the books, downloaded the apps, vision boarded, and journaled your way to oblivion and back, to no avail.

Whether you’re 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 you from fulfilling your potential. Unlike other books, which focus on fixing you, Kick Some Glass empowers you to break through your glass ceiling and guides you toward understanding your context and uncovering what you really want, what your definition of success is, what your values are, and how to set the goals to reach your potential.

This is no one-size-fits-all career guide. It’s a top-to-bottom, inside-out, a do-it-yourself makeover with the focus completely on you. In each chapter, you’ll be asked to evaluate specific parts of your work life, home life, personal strengths and weaknesses, past history and present obstacles, both internal and external, so you can:

  • Live your intention and design a meaningful life at any stage
  • Identify the underlying values that are the core of your being
  • Get comfortable with your personal power and understand what it means
  • Uncover the conscious and subconscious mental models that are holding you back
  • Take calculated risks through planful action with a clear direction
  • Let go of things you cannot control or change
  • Become more resilient, adaptable, and self-aware
  • Make the choices and tradeoffs necessary to fulfill your goals
  • Decide if it’s time to reinvent your career―and prepare for your next move
  • Find that elusive work-life balance that’s right for you
  • Create your own definition of success―and make it happen for you

Best of all, you’ll be able to map out a career course for yourself that is based on your own definition of success, play and win by your own rules, and pay it forward by busting down doors for the next generation of women.

In the end, this book will help you uncover who you truly are and approach your professional life in ways that are authentic and most meaningful to you―and no one else. After all, only you hold the answers. It’s time to Kick Some Glass.

From the Back Cover

Kick Some Glass is a blueprint for women to learn what we’ve always known we were capable of: leading authentic, remarkable careers on our own terms.
Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line

Not your typical career advice book for women. Jennifer Martineau and Portia Mount give you refreshing, practical advice you can use to define your career and personal success on your terms. The book features hands-on activities and sharp insights from successful leaders that encourage you to explore your talents, beliefs, and experiences that may have remained hidden but are centers of strength. Most important, Martineau and Mount sound a clarion call to women everywhere: step out of the shadows and lead! Now more than ever, we need more women leaders. It’s a challenge I hope every woman will accept after reading Kick Some Glass.
Tyra Mariani, Executive Vice President, New America

Becoming an influential leader isn’t a mystery or the result of lucky breaks. In Kick Some Glass, leadership experts and practitioners Jennifer Martineau and Portia Mount share research-based, actionable practices to help women build the self-clarity, intention, and agency they require to become the leaders they aspire to be now.
Lisa Kay Solomon, Chair, Transformational Practices and Leadership, Singularity University, and co-author of Moments of Impact and Design a Better Business

Whether you are looking to change your career or get more out of the one you have, Kick Some Glass offers refreshingly practical advice that actually works. The authors draw on their own experiences, along with those of leaders with a wide array of backgrounds, to produce a book that is compelling and useful.
Jen Gresham, Founder, Everyday Bright

Developing and retaining leaders is the lifeblood of any successful organization. Kick Some Glass delivers valuable insights for women, as well as men who are seeking to support and develop women in leadership roles.
Cutler Dawson, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.), President/CEO, Navy Federal Credit Union

This is the book I’ve been waiting for all my career(s)! Relevant research, insightful interviews with diverse leaders, practical quizzes, and an inclusive online community to co-create leadership futures.
Amanda Ellis, Executive Director, Hawaii and Asia-Pacific, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, and former New Zealand Ambassador to the United Nations

This is one of those rare books that successfully engages the reader by sharing the latest research through stories, tips, and questions. It will help all women think more deeply and strategically about what success means to them in the workplace and in life.
Dr. Susan R. Madsen, Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University

As a technology and women’s advocate, I believe Kick Some Glass is the new operating system of a singular movement. Jennifer and Portia’s book will help us install the code and integrate it into our journey as changemakers, global shapers, and emerging leaders.
Tsegga S. Medhin, President, North Carolina Chapter, UN Women

Kick Some Glass validates everything I have learned and experienced pursuing my passion to empower women and balance the voice of leadership worldwide. Thank you, Jennifer and Portia, for identifying the barriers and opportunities that women face to become leaders. Leadership is a journey fulfilled when we can live it authentically.
Andrea Conner, President, ATHENA International

A must-read, Kick Some Glass provides rich, practical advice for women striving to do more as leaders. Jennifer Martineau and Portia Mount bring deep professional and personal experiences and combine this with CCL expertise to create a powerhouse of advice for women.
Sara King, Principal, Optimum Insights, Inc., and co-author of Discovering the Leader in You

A powerfully smart and compassionate evidence-based playbook for leadership and life. Whether your glass ceiling is in your job, your industry, your cultural experiences, or your mindset, this book can help you break through with its insightful stories, sound data, actionable advice, and practical exercises.
Dr. Brenda Wilkins, Cofounder and President, SoulPowered


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