Back in early 70's, I was involved with NOW (National Organization for Women) and a wonderful girlfriend. South Carolina wasn't exactly the hotbed of FemLib. Our chatter about the need for advancing women was no different from Ms Sandberg. We felt it earnestly and believed we were breaking new ground.
So does Ms Sandberg.
40 years later, all this earnestness seems trite and simplistic.
high school lacrosse coach
Listening to this on the commute to my job made me feel empowered to change. I wished I had read this in high school before making college decisions.
A timely perspective on the role of gender in our society and the impact it continues to have on women's (and men's) roles in the home and the workforce. I especially liked the tone of the book. Sheryl Sandberg does not shy away from making assertions and backing them up with facts, yet she also does not bludgeon you with endless rhetoric, feminist or otherwise. You feel like you are getting the benefit of her insights, thoughts, and experiences without having to conform to her chosen way of life balance -- just inspired and intrigued to think about your own. I did not agree with every assertion she made, but I respected everything she said and felt that one of her key points was that we are all individuals and need to be proactive and purposeful in how we make that work for ourselves and our future.
One of the best ones I've listened to.
I liked the overall tone of what Sheryl had to say. She is realistic, optimistic, empathetic and very self effacing. She is not at all what the media has portrayed her to be. She speaks not in a critical voice, but in a way that says we can make the world a better place if we look at making choices more equal for both women and men. At the close of the book she talks of hoping that both her son and her daughter will have the opportunity to pursue what they want in both a career and at home and that they will be supported in their choices. That message is for everyone - not a particular demographic.
Elisa did a good job reading the book. After seeing Sheryl Sandberg's TED Talk, I was familiar with how she delivered her message and I thought Elisa gave an accurate portrayal of that.
I listened to this with my husband Tom while we were driving around all weekend from one city to another. At various times, he stopped the book so we could talk about something she had just said. It was very productive for us to listen to this together over the course of 3 days in the confines of our car. We had an opportunity to really focus on what she was saying and to relay to each other experiences we've had that were an example of what she is talking about. My husband is a partner in a law firm and a baby boomer, and I think he got a great deal out of this book.
This is a great book to listen to with someone else because it is a wonderful catalyst for meaningful conversations on really important issues we ALL need to be concerned about.
Lean In has moments of being a bit too much of a feminist manifesto, but as a working mom I like the support Sheryl Sandberg provides, particularly in the "Having it All" chapter. But I can't stand the narrator - she emphasizes the passages pretty much the opposite way I would if I were reading it, and overplays Sandberg's dry humor.
This book was real and I speak as an experienced "successful" woman who has lived through many similar experiences and a few extra ones of my own. I mentor young women around the world today as my last company was a medical product trading company. I am lending my "Lean In" to my granddaughter and wish I had the ability to send a copy to each of my young friends!
Sincerely, Gale Wayman
How honest and personal the book was in giving her life depth with personal stories.
Elisa sounded like she had actually experienced what Sheryl had experienced.
Her talk about how the four young women who had come with Tim Geithner had not sat at the meeting table and had declined to join the group when Sheryl invited them, as I had also seen women do this act of taking themselves out of the circle of power.
I love business books and this one was very personal to me. Although I understand the criticism regarding the application of these principles to non professional women, I found Sandberg's book to be intelligent, funny, and touching. I believe it is a must read for professional women who choose to continue to be happy professionals instead of opting out of the work force.
Yea. And I probably should. I wish Audible listed chapter names. This book should be required reading for all women who are about to graduate from college... I would also recommend for any women who have kids and have questions about juggling being a mom and a professional. Great book all around.
Women Don't Ask by Linda Babcock. Not as good as Lean In... seams almost a little too over the top but still good!
Great speaking voice... not boring or slow.
It will fix your life and attitude about work, life, career, and family
I loved the positive pragmatic talk she uses to address the serious issues women face in the working world.
Hearing her story about how the guys in her office helped make her boss's awful behaviour more bearable.
No - but her voice is great, I would definitely pick her over some of the other audio performers.
Same as above. It made me think of the times the guys at work have helped me through stuff.
I also really liked the chapter where she talked about balancing her work life with her identity as a mother and wife.
A must-read for any young aspiring business person.
I am fortunate that I do not choose to focus on what is "not fair".
I work in a field dominated by men and have had great success. I enjoyed hearing about Sandberg's career path. I'm inspired by it and related to some of her experiences. It always helps to hear of others facing similar challenges...to a point. Partway through a long drive yesterday I paused at chapter 8 in irritation. Whether it is Elisa Donovan's weary, put-upon narration, or Sandberg belaboring men's and women's roles at work and home - for me the book is on the precipice of becoming self-indulgent and not at all revelatory. I'll keep listening Sherry, please prove me wrong!