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Power Moves Review by The Rubric

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Power Moves Review by The Rubric

Power Moves Review



The full title of the book is Power Moves: How Women Can Pivot, Reboot, and Build a Career of Purpose

The arguments in Power Moves were decent. Even on the few occasions I disagreed with what McGoodwin had to say, her points weren’t without logic.

Still, I only found one novel take in what she had to present, and that wasn’t until the very end of the book.

Mostly what I read here were arguments that have been made a million times, and will only serve to remind the reader — perhaps in a new voice or fresh presentation — of things they’ve read and heard before.

Also, the argument for “power moves” McGoodwin presents in general is a bit contrived. Branding a term for commercial benefit is fine, but using that term to describe anything and everything that a woman does to intentionally further her career dilutes the message. If I’m going to give credit to a brand for helping me in my career, I want the advice to be specific.

By The Rubric, Power Moves scored “Decent” for arguments.



This book did read at times like an instruction manual, which just isn’t that enjoyable, but if you’re going to write a “how-to,” I suppose some of that might have been necessary.

The book contained several checklists for things to do and bulleted lists for things to think about, which I can appreciate. But the real “how-to” work is supposed to be derived in the book’s “Enhancement,” which is an online download.

By The Rubric, Power Moves scored “Decent” for practicality.



I know they say never to judge a book by its cover, but I do tend to expect a book to live up to its title.

As a result, I was expecting a powerful text, and it just left me wanting.

By The Rubric, Power Moves scored “It’s a Start” for enjoyability.



No real complaints in this section, as Power Moves is easy to read. The points were taken off because I thought the book’s organization and presentation were fine, not excellent.

By The Rubric, Power Moves scored “Excellent” for readability.



I might revise this particular section’s grade in the future. This book was just released a few days ago, and perhaps Google’s search algorithm hasn’t caught up, but I haven’t been able to find “The Enhancement” to grade it as an external resource.

This presents a problem because The Enhancement was referenced heavily throughout the entire book.

And yes, I am just that lazy that I didn’t want to go and look up the link referenced in the beginning of the book. Note to authors and publishers, if you’re going to make reference to an external resource, make it so I can find it, yo!

This grade is based on:

  • The Enhancement being necessary to get what the book promises to the reader.
  • An assumption that The Enhancement will require you give up an email to download it (I’m guessing it’s gated — which I presume was at least part of the author’s motivation in writing the book, but I’ll leave that to the Rhetoric section).
  • And the difficulty in finding it to download it.

By The Rubric, Power Moves scored “Terrible” for external resources.



When examining what’s being sold to the reader in this book, it becomes apparent that driving traffic to Career Contessa was top of mind as the book was being written.

I prefer it when the only thing I’m being sold are the ideas in the book that I purchased.

That said, I’m generally okay with self-promotion as long as the ideas in the book itself are worth the time and money I invested to read it.

In this case, the answer is not quite.

Power Moves scored higher in this section because I believe in the author’s expertise, and despite being promotional, it wasn’t self-published.

By The Rubric, Power Moves scored “Decent” for Rhetoric.

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I am not a fan of this book from the Entreprising perspective.

But, a girl’s gotta learn sometime and somewhere and somehow, and this is the freshest take on all the old arguments.

So, I’d recommend this book for young women between the ages of 18-25.

And I’d recommend the conversation McGoodwin starts around salary transparency to anyone.

By The Rubric, The Power Moves Review landed at “Decent” in total.