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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead | [Sheryl Sandberg]

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.
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Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg's provocative, inspiring book about women and power - grew out of an electrifying TED talk Sandberg gave in 2010, in which she expressed her concern that progress for women in achieving major leadership positions had stalled. The talk became a phenomenon and has since been viewed nearly 2,000,000 times. In Lean In, she fuses humorous personal anecdotes, singular lessons on confidence and leadership, and practical advice for women based on research, data, her own experiences, and the experiences of other women of all ages. Sandberg has an uncanny gift for cutting through layers of ambiguity that surround working women, and in Lean In she grapples, piercingly, with the great questions of modern life. Her message to women is overwhelmingly positive. She is a trailblazing model for the ideas she so passionately espouses, and she's on the pulse of a topic that has never been more relevant.

©2013 Sheryl Sandberg; ©2013 Random House Audio

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    Sara United States 03-18-14
    Sara United States 03-18-14
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    "Can't relate. Seemed kind of fluffly."
    Would you try another book from Sheryl Sandberg and/or Elisa Donovan?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I like her earnestness and humility and willingness to speak up about her experience. But I couldn't help but feel she was lucky too.


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    Emy 02-23-14
    Emy 02-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Wonderful Surprise!"

    This book was a huge surprise, I was originally skeptical and wasn't sure if it would have much to offer but it definitely did. I gained a lot of great leadership advice and and learned a lot about myself as well as working with other women. This book is a great read for all women and men. Sheryl Sandberg is doing a great thing by putting herself out there to benefit others. She is honest and truthful throughout the book about the hard stuff and the good. This will be a book I will listen to again!

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    Lauren Chicago, IL USA 02-23-14
    Lauren Chicago, IL USA 02-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Must Read..."
    If you could sum up Lean In in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent, Thought-provoking, and factual.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Does not apply


    What does Elisa Donovan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Actually, I thought she sounded rather cocky. I wasn't a huge fan of the reader, however, the book explains why I might think this.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire thing has really made me realize why my boss, and even father act in certain ways. Completely unintentionally. It also made me realize that I am putting some of my dreams on hold because of a family I don't yet have, and probably won't for a few years.


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    Alison Washington, DC, United States 02-16-14
    Alison Washington, DC, United States 02-16-14
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    "Why did I wait so long to read this?"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    From its first sentences, this book spoke to me. I found myself walking and nodding, fist-pumping as Sandberg nailed it. FINALLY, I thought, someone is speaking my language. She did a great job presenting a balanced case for feminism - one that should appeal not only to successful professional women like myself, but also full-time mothers, women balancing work and children, and even men - not only the supportive husbands and fathers of women, but also the men leading companies. She made a great case for how fostering equality for women helps everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    Since listening to this book, I've recommended it to every woman I talk to and have purchased it for three others - including two who are also senior leaders in my company. Some of us may have succeeded individually, but we owe it to society to help lift others with us.

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    Anne MEMPHIS, TN, United States 02-15-14
    Anne MEMPHIS, TN, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Good Information"
    What did you love best about Lean In?

    This book is full of important information that women in the workforce need to know.


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    Kim LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA, United States 02-10-14
    Kim LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Just the thing I needed to hear as a professional"
    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    Yes - very inspirational and motivating to hear


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's something nearly all professional women can relate to and help us to understand the importance of finding the right partner.


    What about Elisa Donovan’s performance did you like?

    Very soothing voice and comforting to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - I listened to it in several separate sittings.


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    Nicole Pacifica, CA, United States 01-29-14
    Nicole Pacifica, CA, United States 01-29-14
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    What did you like best about Lean In? What did you like least?

    I thought she did a good job of handling the difficult topic delicately. I also like how she makes a point of saying how important it is to involve men in these issues. My least favorite- I probably would have skimmed some parts if I was reading vs. listening in the car because it can get a little repetitive or dreamy at times.


    What didn’t you like about Elisa Donovan’s performance?

    She overdoes the intonations in her voice (not every word has to be emphasized). It was okay at the beginning but annoyed me by the end (even spread out over months).


    Did Lean In inspire you to do anything?

    It may have given me a better framework for discussing this issues, possibly even outside of a circle of women.


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    Teka 01-26-14
    Teka 01-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    Where does Lean In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audio book is top notch. I finished it in less than one week during my 30-minute commute to and from work. I was hooked and even listened while getting ready in the morning and working out at the gym. The information was very useful and the stories were relatable and often funny.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lean In?

    I really enjoyed when she recounted her decision to work at Google and she had a spread sheet that detailed all the pros and cons of each job offer. I liked when she said growth potential is the most important aspect of any job. If you are on a rocket ship, take any seat you can get.


    What about Elisa Donovan’s performance did you like?

    She really captured the proper tone of the book. It felt like I was listening to a great speech rather than an audio book. She was very conversational and engaging.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I would have if I could.


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    Samuel Odewale TULSA, OK, United States 01-20-14
    Samuel Odewale TULSA, OK, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2015

    In hot pursuit of life's understanding

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It really challenged me to think about creative ways to help my wife and daughter be all they can be!


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    Shopcoholic55 Corvallis, Oregon, United States 01-18-14
    Shopcoholic55 Corvallis, Oregon, United States 01-18-14
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There are many better books than this one. This book does not exceed any discussion on TV morning show or a good journal article. She should say it a shorter, condensed way; chewing the same topic for a couple of hours is just wasting of our time.


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