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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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    valarie hollister, ca, United States 06-07-13
    valarie hollister, ca, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2010

    Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.

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    Obviously Sheryl is successful and she has a lot to say. I enjoyed it but am not sure if I got anything legit out of it that I can use. I feel like she started out with great opportunities and things only got better for her. My upward climb was a lot different, I am a 44 year old woman, wife, mom and now a Project Manager for a large Construciton company. Different atmosphere.

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    Christopher CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, United States 06-04-13
    Christopher CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Elisa Donovan?

    No. Given the target, I would have thought a more mature voice would have lended itself better to the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I support the ideas and thoughts of pushing women to reach form more and take more chances. In a lot of cases I found my self substituting "young people" or "minorities" for "wormen" and found there are some themes for women, minorities, and young people in the work force.

    The amount of detail was overwhelming, written and spoken like it was a thesis or study and while Mrs. Sandberg tried relating it back to her experiences, some analogies missed. I found myself noting places where the author did not, or does not, use her own advice.

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    Debra Garfinkle 06-01-13

    author of books for teens and children

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    "Informative and Entertaining"

    A really interesting book in which the author related her experiences in school, at work, and at home while also giving a broader picture of working women through talking to others and sharing highlights of research and scholarly articles.

    As a female lawyer and mother of three, I could relate to the challenges Sandberg talked about, and was inspired by her calls to action.

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    Laura 05-27-13
    Laura 05-27-13
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    "excellent information - inspiring, great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Lean In the most enjoyable?

    examples she uses for her story


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

    yes, listened to it all on a long car drive.


    Any additional comments?

    All women and men should hear this message

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    Lori Galesburg, IL, United States 05-26-13
    Lori Galesburg, IL, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book!"

    Sheryl Sandberg has gotten a bit of a bad rap. This book is excellent. Good for her!

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    Ivana Sheboygan, WI, United States 05-25-13
    Ivana Sheboygan, WI, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring, Interesting, and Insightful!"
    If you could sum up Lean In in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, Interesting, and Insightful


    What about Elisa Donovan’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed her flow and how clear she spoke. I felt like she really knew and connected to the book/subject so she was able to provide good inflections and stress on certain parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, great book to listen to if you are someone (woman or man) who has been thinking about how to work with your personal/family life and work life.

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    Scooter 05-17-13
    Scooter 05-17-13
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    Several times during this book, Sheryl mentions her TED talk. After the second mention, I watched it.

    While I ended up finishing the book, I believe that Sheryl pretty much made her point in the 18-minute TED talk. This six-hour audiobook didn't add all that much substance to her essential premise.

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    josette Burnham, ME, United States 05-17-13
    josette Burnham, ME, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "No whining - only doing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lean In to be better than the print version?

    I like both but I find myself referring to the audio version because most of the time that I have to think and ponder these sorts of issues is while I'm traveling and in the car.


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

    What would you do if you weren't afraid?


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

    Definitely. Though I don't recommend it. Smaller doses help you to really think about and absorb some of the pretty serious concepts that this book addresses.


    Any additional comments?

    We all know that equality isn't complete. How we approach trying to make it so is, IMHO, a large part of the reason it is not. This fresh perspective on using all of the aspects of the feminine to positive means instead of letting anger, frustration and validly unfair situations cause us to sit back and whine while doing nothing when we should be leaning in is so perfectly timed. It is time.

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    Casey Portland, OR, United States 05-12-13
    Casey Portland, OR, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    Yes! It's a great illustration of how women get in their own way. I never recognized that about myself until I read this book. There is a lot to absorb, great stats and stories.


    What other book might you compare Lean In to and why?

    The Male Factor. That book also has great insight into how men think and how women sometimes sabotage their own efforts by not understanding how men think.


    Have you listened to any of Elisa Donovan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she was great!


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    Rachel Alexandria, VA, United States 05-12-13
    Rachel Alexandria, VA, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Lean In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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