Finerman’s Rules covers three major topics: Career, Money and Love.
In her new book, Karen serves up her unvarnished advice about getting ahead in your career, overcoming failure, meeting your ideal mate, and navigating the challenges of work-life balance. Most importantly, Karen offers the reader a crash course in taking control of her financial destiny. Or as she puts it, “You wouldn’t let a man tell you where to live, how to vote, or what to wear. Then tell me why 80 percent of women have a man in charge of their money?
Karen Finerman likes to tell people she was raised Calvinist. Or as her mother used to say, “I buy my girls Calvin Klein clothes, so that’s all they know. Then when they graduate from college, they have to figure out how to pay for them themselves.” In order to keep herself in Calvin, Karen went to Wall Street.
As a woman working in finance she noticed numerous ways that she and her smart, motivated, and seemingly together colleagues sabotaged themselves both professionally and personally. Why were her friends unable to bring the same logic they applied at work to personal decisions? Why did they often let personal baggage undermine them at the office in a way that her male colleagues never did? A classic illustration would be the way that women tend to Poll (Do I look good in these shoes?) rather than Decide, often giving too much weight to the input from a random stranger rather than trusting her own gut.
Drawing on her and other successful women’s life experiences, Finerman serves up unvarnished advice for getting ahead in your career, overcoming failure, and meeting the man of your dreams. She shows how a technique she learned in finance known as asymmetrical risk proved effective when it came time to turn her longtime boyfriend into her husband.
For working moms, this mother of four explains why your HR representative’s promise of work-life balance is a con: “Working from home is like a sex fantasy. It (mostly) doesn’t work in the real world.” Instead she offers some quirky yet effective strategies for those moments when a crucial meeting coincides with your child’s art show. Finally, she offers the reader a crash course in taking control of her financial destiny. Or as Karen puts it, “You wouldn’t let a man decide where you live, what you wear, where you send your kids to school, or how to vote. So why would you relinquish control of your finances when it affects every aspect of your life?”