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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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    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 San Francisco Bay Area 05-17-13
    Scooter San Francisco Bay Area 05-17-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Watch the TED Presentation First"

    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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    "Read This!"
    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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    "Important Contribution to a Critical Discussion"
    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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    Tracy L. Platz Caddo Mills, TX United States 05-10-13
    Tracy L. Platz Caddo Mills, TX United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Exactly what I needed to hear!"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    Katie POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 05-09-13
    Katie POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 05-09-13
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    "Great Motivation"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I already did! I motivated me to take charge of my career. I would want the same for any girlfriend.


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

    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.


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    Jenifer Lansing, MI, United States 05-09-13
    Jenifer Lansing, MI, United States 05-09-13
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    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Cindy Charlotte, NC, United States 05-06-13
    Cindy Charlotte, NC, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Every woman should read this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Lean In the most enjoyable?

    Touched on both the internal problem as well as external problem we women face


    Any additional comments?

    Well researched and documented data made her story a solid one.

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    M. Jackson Los Angeles, CA USA 05-05-13
    M. Jackson Los Angeles, CA USA 05-05-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Should be Required Reading for Men and Women"
    If you could sum up Lean In in three words, what would they be?

    This book is a thoughful inquiry into the issues women face in careers and leadership!


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