KNOWING YOUR VALUE
Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth
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Brzezinski: 'My greatest enemy was myself'
'Morning Joe' co-host shares how to get what you're worth in 'Knowing Your Value'
In "Knowing Your Value," best-selling author and "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski reflects on her own mistakes at the negotiating table and takes an in-depth look at how women today achieve their deserved recognition and financial worth.
Brzezinski knew that her role as cohost of the MSNBC show Morning Joe was integral to the show's success, and yet she was getting paid a fraction of what her male counterparts were. The network was certainly to blame, but so, she realized, was she; this was just the last in a long run of jobs where she'd seen a salary discrepancy, worked long hours to prove herself, got angry at herself for not earning more money and respect, and stormed off and got a new job—only to repeat the pattern.
How to get that raise
How can you get paid what you deserve?
The answer, maintains TV's Mika Brzezinski, can be different for women than it is for men. We asked the co-anchor of MSNBC's news and politics talk show Morning Joeand author of a new book directed at women, Knowing Your Value, due out May 3, her top tips for women on how to land that raise — and men may find them helpful, too.
Dirty Little Salary Secrets
Why do otherwise smart, fearless women screw up when it’s time to ask for a raise? Mika Brzezinski spills the beans on big-time negotiating blunders including her own.
‘Morning Joe’s’ Mika Brzezinski
Knowing Your Value
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As co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski’s on air demeanor is often described as confident, gutsy, and brutally honest. But off camera, the seemingly master communicator had trouble articulating her value to management and passed up multiple opportunities for salary increases and promotions. A powerful, inspiring, must-read for women at every career stage, KNOWING YOUR VALUE: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth (Weinstein Books, May 3, 2011; hardcover, $22.95) is inspired from the unconventional route that Brzezinski took to get her worth and the lessons she learned about the value of women in the workplace.
Prompted by her own experiences, Brzezinski interviewed some of America’s most successful and influential women and men and found that she was not alone with the career and money mistakes she had made along the way. The result is a surprisingly honest and unexpectedly revealing look at gender inequality in the workplace.
In the current economic climate, the issue of equal pay is as timely as ever. KNOWING YOUR VALUE reveals the latest research on equal pay, women in the boardroom, and access to start-up capital and includes practical tactics and strategies on how to speak up, negotiate from a place of power and not fear, close the deal, and get the compensation you deserve.
Written in Brzezinski’s candid voice with personal anecdotes, cautionary tales, and advice from Joy Behar, Tina Brown, Arianna Huffington, Valerie Jarrett, Suze Orman, Sheryl Sandberg, Donald Trump, Jack Welsh and many more, KNOWING YOUR VALUE is a must-read for women at any level who want to effectively articulate their value in a way that amounts to dollars and not friendships.
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Advice and Inspiration from
Knowing Your Value
"A lot of getting ahead in the workplace has to do with being willing to raise your hand. . . . If we as women don't raise our hands in the workplace, we're not going to get the same opportunities men do. Because men keep their hands up."
- Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
"If you're not negotiating the
size of everything, odds are,
you're not going to become the boss."
- Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President
"Surrounding myself with women is a real key to my success . . .Give me a man and a woman of the same talent, and I will take the woman every single time....They want to work collaboratively, they want to be part of the team. [But] some of the things that make women more successful in the most senior positions can also work against them." - Donny Deutsch, television personality and Chairman
"The problem is, a woman is socialized to accept that which she is given. So if somebody tells you that you can't, you believe it. If somebody says you're not worth it, you believe it." - Suze Orman, personal finance expert, author, and motivational speaker.
"The key is to do your research. The most important thing that people don't realize, especially women, is you can't go in [to ask for a raise] expecting people to take care of you and that they're going to be fair. They're going to try to get the best deal they can." - Lesley Jane Seymour, editor-in-chief of More
"Really, what's the worst that can happen [if you ask for a raise]? We are told no, and we're no worse off than we were before. Just look around and you'll see plenty of evidence that asking for what we want results not in the realization of our worst fears but in getting what we want." - Arianna Huffington, columnist, author, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post
"The words favored nations—that's an expression all women should know. In other words, you always want to be paid no less than what anyone else is being paid." - Nora Ephron, writer and director
"You cannot be afraid to ask for more.
But you have to do it in a way that is
not emotional." - Kate White,
author and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan
"It's a common problem that mothers underestimate their worth and their value. Mothers ask for less from their employers."
- Norah O'Donnell, Chief Washington
Correspondent for MSNBC
"Assuming power is everything. You have to assume it ... [don't] wait to be asked." - Tina Brown, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast and editor-in-chief of Newsweek
Mika Brzezinski: I Almost Left 'Morning Joe' Over Pay Disparity (VIDEO)
Mika Brzezinski revealed on Thursday's "Morning Joe" that she almost left the show in 2008 because she was being paid so much less than her male colleagues. Brzezinski recounts her fight about her pay disparity in her new book, "Knowing Your Value." She told her fellow panelists--including Nora Ephron and Norah O'Donnell, who are featured in the book--what happened.
Mika Brzezinski on
Knowing Your Value
Part memoir and part manifesto, Mika Brzezinski’s Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth chronicles the author’s struggles as a woman in the workforce—and outlines the dos and don’ts of achieving equal pay. At a cocktail party on Monday night, the Morning Joe co-host’s fans and coworkers toasted the career woman’s ascent. Read Feature
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This morning, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski was on CNBC promoting her book,Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, And Getting What You're Worth. She took the opportunity to reveal that at one point, she was making one-fourteenth of what co-host and show namesake Joe Scarborough was making. Read Feature
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Mika Brzezinski On Her Salary Fight, 'Knowing Your Value,' And Those CBS Rumors
During 2008, the presidential election was riveting the country, and MSNBC's "Morning Joe" was gaining more and more of a following on television. For co-host Mika Brzezinski, it should have been a wonderful time. Instead, she was miserable and frequently contemplating bolting what was becoming an increasingly high-profile show.
The reason? The staggering pay disparity between Brzezinski and her "Morning Joe" co-hosts. Read more