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
There are so many stories from this book that I can relate to especially as a woman working in Tech. I wish I had read it sooner to know there is a tribe that I can Lean Into.
I generally do not bash the voice over artist. Normally they enhance the book. But when I listening, I hated this book. When I broke it down, I realized that it wasn't the material that was awful but the way it was read. This narrative interpretation made this book a sentimental, precious mess. It was the exact opposite of the message of the book. Completely ruined it for me.
This was an intriguing, inspiring, enlightening and impactful book. Every woman should read this book and every man that wants to gain insight to women should read this book.
Summary: This book is awful, dated, and un-relatable. The narrator is somewhat annoying, but not terrible. If you are a younger, ambitious woman in the workplace, I do not think you will appreciate this book.
Sheryl Sandburg plays the victim card in this book. When you play the victim card, you have no control to improve the situation. She doesn't offer much in the way of solutions and the advice she does give to women/people is bad or just plan wrong. As a young woman in business, I feel that this book paints an awful picture of women. Throughout the book Sandberg highlights her insecurities, and guilt and she is over apologetic. She may be trying to help women to understand that these feelings are ok to have but instead she groups all women together and portrays them as weak, insecure, under-ambitious, guilt ridden and over apologetic. I, for one, do not want to be grouped into that category. For most of the book, I wanted to scream, "that's not me!" or say "this does not apply to me at all". She writes as though all women are facing the same, or similar struggles but the struggles she faced are dated. This book should have come out 2 decades ago. The younger generations are not facing the same barriers Sandberg faced.The issue of equality that children of today will face will be that for transgender individuals, not equality for women in business.
I'm wondering if this book would be less irritating if read by the author. Why couldn't the author--a seasoned speaker--speak for herself? I'm pretty sure the narrator brought this down a few pegs
She sounded like a teenager with a crush on Sheryl Sandberg.
Extreme boredom broken up by bits of ick.
The thoughts conveyed were somewhat too simplistic and a little whinging. Sheryl wants everything to be fair for everyone all the time. Sweet. Not exactly the bravest feminist literature produced.
Thought provoking, researched
Someone with a more mature/soothing voice. Elisa's voice was slightly nasal and sounded very young. I felt that it didn't suite the material. It was more of a distraction.
It's so thought prevoking and the statistics alone are worth hearing. It's amazing to me that Sandberg got so much crticisim when the introduction literally covers and acknowledges the book's flaws (directed towards indvidual control rather than larger policy or systematic issues; not applicable towards lower income women; parts of her life are unrelatable...). I absolutely recommend this book to all ages, all genders.
I finished this book in two days. It really was an eye opener for me to see the struggles that women still face in the professional circles. Sheryl's story was encouraging and engaging. Her professional insights were very helpful for me personally.
It also makes me see the importance of supporting my wife not only as a professional woman but at home.
Thank you for this.
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