As an Executive Coach enabling employers, leaders and policy-makers to speak, write and lead more powerfully and authentically, Diana Parkes’ wisdom, research and the portfolio of strategic options she has identified are invaluable resources, and even in the short time it’s been in my hands since release, there has already come a point where I’ve found myself recommending her book to every one of my clients. This book is a revelation. Diana has found the missing piece! She has, brilliantly, not only identified the true crux of the problem in the persistent issue of gender inequality in the workplace, but she then gives us the ‘how-to’ solutions, and the strength of evidence and strategy we need to implement the final transformation. She will undoubtedly change the landscape. ‘Understand: Dare: Thrive. How to have your best career, from today’ is impressively substantial, yet instantly accessible, relevant, illuminating and genuinely helpful. It’s a book that will actually make a difference – for women everywhere, and for the policy-makers (men and women) who steer the future. It works as both a ‘how-to’ coaching manual – for career navigation for all women whatever their situation (a proven approach), and also as a comprehensive reference and guide – for employers, managers and leaders. Every woman who has ever aspired to a better working life (and how to make that fit with the rest of your life!) will find this book invaluable. This book is a must-read. Be prepared to be enlightened!