Thanks to Sheryl for bringing her experience to a reality that many women in today's society face. Among her contributions to the discussion is that women turn down opportunities because of future family possibilities. Years later when possibilities materialize, they find themselves unsatisfied and able to walk away from the workforce. As one who has nearly made this step, I find this to be extremely helpful.
This book was exactly what I needed to hear at just the right time. I recently had my first child and at the very end of my maternity leave, my manager called me and told me that I had two days to complete the application for a Chief Engineer Development Program at my company. Something I had expressed a desire to do before I left on maternity leave.
All of the topics in the book resonated for me because I am usually the one woman in the group of engineers. Luckily, I have never had a problem figuring out where the women's restroom is located and there is never a line!
I sat in my home office in tears because I couldn't answer the question "Why do you want to be a Chief Engineer". The only thing that was going through my mind was that I was getting ready to leave my son for someone else to raise because I was headed back to work. All of the insecurities and worries that Sheryl discusses in her book about working mom's are true. I have experienced them first hand. And, I'm proud to say, my husband wiped away my tears, told me I could do anything, and made me finish my application. I have been in the program now for almost 6 months and it is a great leadership training program where I have been discussing the principles Sheryl discussed in her book.
Yes! I already did! I motivated me to take charge of my career. I would want the same for any girlfriend.
When she says her hours. At my work there is an assumed timeframe of having to be at work. That assumed timeframe definitily limits family time and limits my ability to come home at a decent hour to make dinner.
What better review can I give for this book than I've told as many of my young women college students that they need to listen to it. NOW. I wish I would have heard it before I went for my Doctorate and certainly before I took this position. Pay it forward ladies. This book is fantastic.
Touched on both the internal problem as well as external problem we women face
Well researched and documented data made her story a solid one.
This book is a thoughful inquiry into the issues women face in careers and leadership!
Golf, Business and Travel
Highly recommended. Men have been messing up business for years. Why not give woman a chance, they can't do much worse-and in most cases that I have seen the do better. The book has a great story and the narrator speaks well. I have learned over my 20 years of business experience that you must have a highly diverse group if you want to get better-and woman need to be on the team, either as a leader or a team member. It will take a great culture shift in the "good ole boy network" but there are already signs of woman doing great things. I have had several occasions on teams in which I changed the entire teams dynamics, team players, etc. and most of them were from Men to Women. Woman can do more than one thing effectively at once while men struggle to do one. Woman listen better than men which is a great attribute for any leader. I embrace a lean in culture and you should as well.
I can relate myself in her book. Her experiences, some positive and some challenging, are the treasure of the book. How she face them and going thru her brain and emotion sometimes made me laugh. Very good book!
Really great advice, and very motivating. It's definitely not a "I'm awesome, do like I did" kind of book. This book really makes you think about how we conduct ourselves at work, and gives guidance on how to make proper changes (or at least thinks to think about). As I began this book I was a point where I was being offered a promotion in position but not financially. I was questioning the option to take the position because although it is more demanding, and responsibility it is not more money. She mentioned in this book how sometimes we need to take these positions to learn new skills, and build our resumes. This really hit home and I took the position, and I am very excited to start! I appreciate all the lessons provided in this book. I have recommended it to several friends.
I liked the honesty of what she was sharing. I don't know if what she has felt is what the majority or the minority of women are feeling. The issue of not having enough women in technology is very real, but many of the female technical leaders I have met are very confident and strong. What I'm conflicted with is if there are real things, as she called out, masked from me and my perspective since I am a man. I have a 15 year old daughter and I hope that she is not feeling these same things, but after listening to this book, I will be observing her and asking these questions. Secondly, I am hosting a women in technology quarterly meeting in my team. All of the women in the team will share their perspectives and hopefully educate me on reality. I'm looking forward to clarifying or changing my "mixed feelings" about this book and this issue.
The mention of people that I know of or have worked with in the industry and their influence or engagement with Sheryl in her career.
Engaging and enjoyable.
Is what she is feeling the same for the majority or minority of women out there? The stage has been set, now her data driven approach should be able to quantify this.