I am stunned that I can't find a review that brings up the issue of embracing all women of varying political beliefs from Libertarian to Republican to moderate Democrats. It really troubled me that Ms. Sandberg dismissed women who are not feminists. Her explanation of her own conversion from not identifying herself as a feminist to changing her mind about the subject was extremely judgmental for those of us who see ourselves as past the 1960's feminist ideal. We have evolved to a place that needs to recognize equality for all people -- including males. She was quick to quote a high executive male who says women should "often" be promoted. Really? Considering men are half the population, should promotion not be merit based? This is just one example of where I feel she failed to promote equality between the sexes. Her words told her story. I felt her comments towards men were belittling. Pigeon holing women into some vast army who are progressives was insulting to women. I kept thinking she would list at least on woman of a separate political party who was a good leader but the incessant name dropping of liberal Democrats was enough to make me cringe.
Sheryl is right that government policy is at issue. She points that out in recognizing the fear of discussing these issues within the workplace for fear of suits stemming from Title 9. I also fear that her resolution of government answers to child care, poverty etc will further exacerbate the problem. She works in a corporation. Perhaps the benefits are better? But, it is my experience that small businesses cannot sustain more taxing, including hikes in minimum wage. Small businesses are the heart of our country. For many of us the belief is that if the government will stay OUT, the economy will recover. I am not sure there is a government resolve to the problems she correctly identifies. But, I believe that a reduction in government will decrease taxes and stimulate the market. The slope is very slippery! And, not all women ride the bandwagon of the political leaders she cites in her book.
I will credit her for her gentle way of correcting Tip O'Neill for his antiquated behavior. I can't believe he called her a pom pom girl. Times have changed. Thankfully! She did not give any credit to a single woman in politics who was not a Democrat. At least, I couldn't recognize a name............
The Queen Bee syndrome described in the book most assuredly is in place but it is not the only cause of women who sabotage other women. I have worked in two predominantly female organizations and the flaws in leadership were sometimes brutal. Perhaps it is because she has only had male supervisors that she holds this bias??? I'm not sure but I don't see men or women as a virtuous group but rather a collection of individuals who should be promoted based on their individual attributes. The language was just more of the political correct dialogue that continues to divide us as women -- and a country. This approach does not unite us in understanding one another's viewpoints.
I felt much of the book belittled men. Enough already. We need to move past the old days that took extreme group think to initiate change. We can have a different conversation now!
These questions don't allow me to list the positives and I really want to do so. Sheryl really hits it home with some great statistics and metaphors. I loved her analogy of the ladder really being a jungle gym in modern society and I so appreciated her calling out to ME to say, "Just because you haven't done it, doesn't mean you cannot learn". The statistics show (and I am sure they are accurate) that women tend to not be risk takers when it comes to positions that they are not sure they can do. Thanks for pointing this out and keeping me from personally sabotaging opportunities! That piece of advise was worth the cost of the entire book!
I also loved her for defending the woman who only took two weeks of maternity leave. Yes, it is up to each woman to decide what works best for her and women should not be castigated by for not adhering to group think. She did point this out without hesitation.
Open her heart to women of different political persuasions. Those folks might just have a nugget for all to hear!
She was fine.
I suppose disappointment as the same ole, same ole. I so wish we could bond together as women of different viewpoints to add to the discussion. I like many of the women who had Democratic bents but you can't tell me that a few Republican or Libertarian women don't offer perspective.
I think Sheryl had some fine ideas. I hope her future writings will be more inclusive.
You go girl
The performance was adequate, however I much would have preferred to hear it read by the author. Lean In is a personal piece, I wish to have heard it in the authors voice
As a young woman in business I felt this book to be very relatable on a professional and personal level (I see in myself many qualities, desires and yes, flaws too, that are discussed). Ms Sandberg took a calculated risk joining Facebook and hearing her story,her reflections on leadership, success, women and business were thought provoking and inspiring
It put being a woman in the workplace in context.
The first couple of chapters are really good and then it gets repetitive.
I had put off listening or reading this book, but am glad that I finally made time for it. It's a great book with important lessons for women in how they manage their careers.
Her performance seems to only suit young-adult fiction, so probably not. Her voice does NOT suit this book at all. She does not seem to be aware of what she's saying until moments before it's said, which diminishes the sense of wisdom and personal investment taken to write this book. I was slightly embarrassed to share this audiobook in a public area of my home.
This book holds some important truths about American women in leadership and the challenges of career focus. Sandberg's courage in sharing her own insecurities and challenges is sometimes empowering and sometimes just the reader being held hostage during a Sandberg therapy session, but overall her intentions and her commitment to women's success shines through. In the main, I'm glad she wrote it - she started a national conversation that is now a genie out of the bottle and unlikely to go back in. But it will be important to hear from other women with less privelege, perhaps that don't want to have children, and from men who support these women.
On the writing - Sandberg is clear and crisp, but she is not a powerful storyteller - you can tell she's a good driver of processes but not in marketing.
On the narrator - a very annoying, nasal voice and the woman sounds high-pitched and young - pretty unpleasant at times.
Sheryl's honesty and personal experiences made the book interesting.
I enjoyed the parts about mentors and the issues surrounding confidence. The imposture effect really resonated as being a trigger for some of my self confidence struggles. The parts that didn't capture me revolved around child rearing and the discussions of how women are still closing the gap with men in the workplace. Additionally, as I was raised to behave as an equal to a man, I'm 26 and do not intend to start a family, so I found the last few chapters difficult to relate to. Overall I loved the direction and believe it's a message all women should hear.
tight edgy beneficial
yes- I did and listened to it 5 more times taking notes
Trail blazer - true human a person I can look up to
It was moving to listen to Sheryl Sandberg's stories and I appreciated her openness, and humbleness. Her stories and how she reacted to situations promoted a sense of encouragement and inspiration. Lean in!
I would recommend this book to any strong woman and any man who wants to champion women. This is a great book, very inspirational.