I liked the ideas and the characters in this book. But there were a few things that were a bit confusing and made it difficult to visualize. First is geography. They went from a war in a far off land to being at home without much in between. Secondly, the science is weak and unconvincing. The science behind the magic of it all. If you put your doubt or you desire for more explanation aside, you can enjoy an eventful, imaginative adventure with unexpected twists and fun characters.
It's so much fun, so good. The story doesn't fail or falter to please. From a story point of view, Sullivan is true to his characters and weaves, without error, a complex, exciting and romantic story. Women are strong yet feminine, enduring and victorious. The heros charming while deadly. I'm in the middle of the third volume and wonder what life will be like without this story wandering on.
Sandberg does a great job exploring the issue and raises most of the arguments on all the sides. While I understand that her thesis is "how do we get more women to pursue leadership roles?" I felt that she formulates an argument that let's working moms off the hook in regards to their infants.
She tells stories about important women pumping breast milk during conference calls and she mentions how many women, herself included, did things differently when they had a second child, but she doesn't explore this change of heart in depth. Why did these women take their entire maternity leave the second time, why did they unplug the second time?
Sandberg's messge, in the face of this question, is to be selfish if you want to be. She supports every woman's decisions whole heartedly and never wags a finger at anybody.
I wish she told younger women like me and my friends that the infancy is precious and short lived. That the baby needs mama in a very raw, instinctual ways. Women need role models who say "enjoy the baby while you can, then go back to work". We need voices who say "don't be afraid to relish in motherhood for a few months then get back on the tread mill." We need permission! Too many women are putting their infants in institutions like daycare or stranger care. They are missing out on that incredible bond and time of life for both mom and baby that lasts for the first 6 months.
This book is about ambition and how you can have it all...even if she says you can't have it all, that's still what she's selling. It's not a book about life, it's a book about career. It doesn't teach hard lessons that are out of your control, it doesn't tell you what you don't want to hear. It says any decision you make is the right one, you do have control and you can make it happen - even if you regret it later, miss soulful opportunities or are too distracted by work to experience all that life has to offer.
After listening to this audio book, I liked Jobs less than I did knowing little about him. I live in Silicon Valley and had heard the rumors about his personality (ahole) this book doesn't pull any punches in this regard. Which just made the book and the man, more compelling.
What I found most interesting is that much of Apple's success IS due to Jobs, which we all had heard but I didn't really believe. Now I am a believer.
Being a business person and a leader of teams, I found the lessons, both positive and negative ones, that I gleaned from the book are invaluable. I have a page of notes about how to lead, how to inspire, how to look at running a business and how deals are made. This was better than a self-help type of business book. Of course not everyone can be Steve Jobs, but I think there are some great business lessons to be found in this book.
I have a feeling I will listen to this book again, many times. Even just the concluding paragraph where Jobs discusses his legacy. The most inspiring thing about the book is it makes me want to have higher standards in my work. Higher standards for my team and loftier goals for my business.
It dares me to dream big.
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