I initially refused to consider reading this because I find business books boring and underwritten -two ideas, two hundred pages. Most would make a reasonable serious business journal article at best. This book is not a lot different, lots of ego and anecdotes, but also some very useful perspectives and ideas that would have made a nice substantive article.
That said, I agree with much of what Sandberg says and I agree with her general point on how badly things are going for working women in our country relative to their potential to have more fulfilling and more meaningful careers whether at home or at the office depending on their ability to negotiate more manageable work loads in the home and the office. I salute her for standing up and saying so and for her commitment to being a feminist when so many women are willing to take the fruits of the women's movement but unwilling to fight anyone other than themselves.
I enjoyed the book, but it could have been an article….
Once I got passed the first Chapter, I this ranks as excellent information that I will utilize.
Yes, every manager male or female will benefit.
No however I wish Brene Brown had hired her for her books.
I resonated with the information.
Format and the context were well defined and flowed.
No. There were a couple of points I liked, but overall she didn't have a lot of recommendations on how to change gender inequality. She just pointed to the obvious notion that there is a gender inequality. I hated the fact that she described herself as a whale when she was pregnant. How awful. Also, I didn't get the point that she wants to be treated equal but yet asks for benefits for parking at her job. I don't understand how she champions gender equality but yet asks to be treated differently from others. Men don't get this treatment or special parking spaces.
I've never read one before.
Good. A little young.
To confront problems head on and to sit at the table.
I would definitely recommend and have already recommended this book to quite a few women/men that I know. Some men are still skeptical about reading it. I think everyone whether they're working or not needs to understand the biases of the world so true equality is achieved.
These are situations most working and non-working women face. These was well described with anecdotes and her reactions were realistic and the way she handled them was brave.
I feel this book was mostly unbiased and showed attitudes of women towards men just as much as it showed attitude of women towards women and men towards women.
She was very expressive and in most parts could relate to the tone in her voice. So, yes!
I did not listen to this in one sitting, I listened to it on my car phone during my long commute to work through multiple days
I didn't like how high-pitched the narrator's voice was. It sounded too young, almost girlish. After a while, I got used to it. It wasn't so bad that I stopped listening, but it was annoying.
It actually takes a while to digest and consider some of the points Sheryl Sandberg makes. I just finished it this week, and may go through and read it again soon. I don't agree with all of the points she makes, but some of them are definitely worth considering and discussing with others in my workplace.
I remember when this came out and she was on the interview circuit. A lot of TV pundits criticized her or the book without actually reading what she said--both liberals and conservatives. They probably had an intern read it and made a book report. It's works better has a whole, rather than isolated bullet points. I would recommend it to anyone who shares a workplace or a home with a woman or mother. There are points for both men and women to consider.
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Far from a dull book about women in business, “Lean In” is about women’s final push for equality at work and at home. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg paints a compelling portrait of the women’s movement as it stands today. Sandberg pays homage to how far women have come, and articulates where women need to go to make it all the way.
This book is organized into chapters that bring to light some of the common mistakes women make, such as choosing not to “sit at the table” at work, asking strangers to be their mentors, “leaving before they leave” by allowing future family plans to impact how far they advance in their careers and attempting to “do it all” when they have partners and spouses who are willing and able to assist.
While the message of this book seems tailored to women, Sandberg stresses that these lessons are equally important for men to learn. She sympathizes with the plight of men that they are expected to be the primary breadwinners of the home, thus reducing the time they have to spend with their children. If women and men could be equal partners at home, Sandberg suggests, men would enjoy equal opportunities for childrearing and women would not be cornered into feeling they must “do it all.”
What keeps this book interesting is Sandberg’s willingness to share her own personal anecdotes. Her experiences will make you laugh, cringe and applaud. She tells one story about meeting the speaker of the house, who belittles her by patting her on the head, telling her she is pretty and asking if she is a “pom pom girl.” Sandberg indignantly replies, “I study too much for that!”
Narrator Elisa Donovan reads this book with conviction and emotion. Her performance is so convincing that if I didn’t know better I would have believed that Sandberg herself did the narration.
Whether you are a working woman, a working mother, a stay-at-home mother or a man who loves one, this book is for you. It will open your eyes not just to women’s fight for equality, but also to men’s. This book will make you a better mother, father, woman and man.
The narrator's voice is annoying. The narrator is about the same age as the author, and they both have oddly young voices (I listened to Sandberg's TED talk for comparison). It was distracting.
Too bad I didn't learn anything new.
This question doesn't really apply to nonfiction.
I would not buy another book by this narrator, as for the author, I reserve judgement until I have read the book.
The narration is driving me to distraction and I cannot concentrate on the content of the book. I previewed the narration but I failed to predict just how irritating the nasally immature voice would be. .
It has sparked my interest in buying the book - I think it is an important topic.
There are several books that I don't download because of the narrator. I wish more care would be taken to vet/test a narrators performances on an audience before committing them to an entire book. I have just had to buy Daring Greatly as I could tell the narration wasn't appropriate for the style of book. The book was a great read that I highly recommend, however I would alway rather listen to a book.. I'm disappointed!
Definitely! Everyone entering the workforce, male or female should listen to this book three times at least.
The moments that are very memorable to me are when she shares with the audience her life stories here and there through out the book. She makes it obvious that she was not born genius and she herself has to struggle through out life and has to fight to feel as "confident" as she deserves. This book also has very fascinating and useful business tips worthy for anyone looking for jobs and graduating college.
Her performance is marvelous! She enunciates very well and makes the book highly enjoyable. She is very dynamic also, making it difficult for me when I have to pause to do stuff.
The book gave me a heartache when the author mentions the facts about women's ambition in the workforce and how women are treated not very equally.
The book is great! Perfect to read for advice or just to enjoy. Highly recommend it for anyone!
I am having a hard time listening to this audiobook. I have a serious problem with the nasal and condescending tone of Donavan's voice. It's a real turnoff and inappropriate to the subject matter. I feel as though I'm being talked down to and I really dislike it and find myself tuning out. And the problem is that Sandburg seems to be on an extended boast about how smart and talented she is. So I question how deep she has really dug, and whether she has a clue about how the 99% lives. There's some real arrogance here.
I don't know yet.
No she's awful. There's no human warmth in her read.
The read really damages the material.