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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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    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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    Claystin Chanhassen, MN, United States 05-05-13
    Claystin Chanhassen, MN, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great book for any leader-Man or Woman"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended. Men have been messing up business for years. Why not give woman a chance, they can't do much worse-and in most cases that I have seen the do better. The book has a great story and the narrator speaks well. I have learned over my 20 years of business experience that you must have a highly diverse group if you want to get better-and woman need to be on the team, either as a leader or a team member. It will take a great culture shift in the "good ole boy network" but there are already signs of woman doing great things. I have had several occasions on teams in which I changed the entire teams dynamics, team players, etc. and most of them were from Men to Women. Woman can do more than one thing effectively at once while men struggle to do one. Woman listen better than men which is a great attribute for any leader. I embrace a lean in culture and you should as well.


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    Joy Bellevue, WA, United States 05-04-13
    Joy Bellevue, WA, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "For professional women or wanna be"
    What made the experience of listening to Lean In the most enjoyable?

    I can relate myself in her book. Her experiences, some positive and some challenging, are the treasure of the book. How she face them and going thru her brain and emotion sometimes made me laugh. Very good book!


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    Lindsay Marina, CA, United States 05-01-13
    Lindsay Marina, CA, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Advice!"

    Really great advice, and very motivating. It's definitely not a "I'm awesome, do like I did" kind of book. This book really makes you think about how we conduct ourselves at work, and gives guidance on how to make proper changes (or at least thinks to think about). As I began this book I was a point where I was being offered a promotion in position but not financially. I was questioning the option to take the position because although it is more demanding, and responsibility it is not more money. She mentioned in this book how sometimes we need to take these positions to learn new skills, and build our resumes. This really hit home and I took the position, and I am very excited to start! I appreciate all the lessons provided in this book. I have recommended it to several friends.

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    Dean UNION CITY, CA, United States 04-30-13
    Dean UNION CITY, CA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Mixed Feelings"
    What did you like best about Lean In? What did you like least?

    I liked the honesty of what she was sharing. I don't know if what she has felt is what the majority or the minority of women are feeling. The issue of not having enough women in technology is very real, but many of the female technical leaders I have met are very confident and strong. What I'm conflicted with is if there are real things, as she called out, masked from me and my perspective since I am a man. I have a 15 year old daughter and I hope that she is not feeling these same things, but after listening to this book, I will be observing her and asking these questions. Secondly, I am hosting a women in technology quarterly meeting in my team. All of the women in the team will share their perspectives and hopefully educate me on reality. I'm looking forward to clarifying or changing my "mixed feelings" about this book and this issue.


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

    The mention of people that I know of or have worked with in the industry and their influence or engagement with Sheryl in her career.


    What three words best describe Elisa Donovan’s performance?

    Engaging and enjoyable.


    Do you think Lean In needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Is what she is feeling the same for the majority or minority of women out there? The stage has been set, now her data driven approach should be able to quantify this.


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    T. Shaffner USA 04-26-13
    T. Shaffner USA 04-26-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Unexpectedly Good"

    Having read a number of reviews I began this book expecting it to be mediocre and/or a repeat of the many recent articles on the topic at best. Instead it was fantastic! The author does a great job of recognizing and validating opposing viewpoints and then explaining why she believes what she does (I don't think I've heard a criticism of her views that she doesn't address), the book actually uses studies well in conjunction with anecdotes and (sometimes very personal) examples that ground her points, and the end conclusion values everyone's choices wherever they are on the spectrum while still leaving you with a sense of extra work needing to be done.

    I will note that I don't agree with all of her end goals and every now and then a point she would make would sit wrong with me, but where The Richer Sex and similar writings evoked a sense of a zero sum world that left me (a male reader) feeling defensive, Lean In did a masterful job of writing in a way that left me thoughtful even when I disagreed, and it did a great job of offering practical suggestions and discussion points for action as well.

    I couldn't have been more impressed with this book; I'd recommend it to both men and women. There are other books that cover much of this topic but if you want a current summary that is well thought out and written, covers many different viewpoints, and actually offers practical advice, skip the others and read Lean In. You'll be better for it.

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    Mark Northridge, CA, United States 04-21-13
    Mark Northridge, CA, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2000
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    Where does Lean In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This year, my best listen yet. Overall a top10 which says a lot from a person who has been a member since 2000.


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

    The Power of Pull. Sheryl Sandberg is a terrific example of someone with ready resources with passion to promote a needed message. Sure, she is a person of significant influence in tech field yet this book is on big time needed changes with practical advice. Great answers to think about and apply.


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

    Not that I can remember although she is very good. I look forward to hearing her voice again. An easy clear voice which compares well with great listens in the past.


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

    Almost, maybe three sittings yet finished easily in a couple days.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks again Audible.com for a service that keeps getting better.

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    Jessica ROUND HILL, VA, United States 04-20-13
    Jessica ROUND HILL, VA, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring"

    I felt that this was a really thoughtful book and well worth the listen. Sheryl contributes personal stories and a variety of evidence that supports her assertions. This book does not solve any major issues but it brings up the topic for conversation and invites readers to become involved. As a young woman I found a lot of her advice to be both practical and useful.

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    Tammy Kansas City, MO, United States 04-19-13
    Tammy Kansas City, MO, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic LEADERSHIP book - not just for WOMEN!"
    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    I have listened to this book several times ... some chapters multiple times. Yes, it is one I'll come back to again and again!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is personal, passionate, and professional.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just simply an aaaha! Over and again!


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    Kristine Webster, MA, United States 04-15-13
    Kristine Webster, MA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Please Please Read! Men and Women!"
    What did you love best about Lean In?

    This book made you feel like you are not alone. It made your fears smaller by knowing someone else goes thru the same obstacles.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love her stories and the advice was priceless


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