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
excellent overview of modern feministic direction. an eye opener on recent studies and a heart opener for female solidarity andhope
a must read book for both genders
Deal with millions of Chicks, for a living. Photographer. Traveller, Tech Buff, love APPLE, Steve Jobs.
Was worth listening/reading. Got some important and well needed perspective.
I would say most of the points are relevant to all, especially all who are under represented, low on confidence & discriminated. That said I accept & appreciate her fight for more respect, rights and opportunities for women
I related to so many concepts and experiences in this book - it was refreshingly validating. The new concepts and recommendations rang true for me as well. Loved it. I tell every working woman I know about this book now.
Just finished Lean In. Very impressed with Ms. Sandberg's call to action. Efficiency and effectiveness both at the workplace and home starts with teamwork and respect.
Majority of this book really felt as if it had been written for me - I am a new mum with a career which is about to hit the heights - along with trying I balance selling a home, let alone running it.... All the things I spent my time doing like exercise, seeing friends etc seem like an impossible task - this book doesn't give you the magic ingredient but it really does help you out things into perspective. I even listened to a few chapters with my husband, who equally felt this very interesting and beneficial. I have come away from listening to this more confident I can do this and more importantly confident I can do them both, I just have to be honest with myself and not try and do everything alone... What do I really need to do and what can be delegated..... I don't have a support network around me but I do have a husband who wants to help so go on read this book male or female it will really help if you are like most people trying to balance the challenges of life!!!! Thanks Sheryl.. You have genuinely helped
A must read for all women who aspire to greatness in the workplace. When I went to work after staying home with kids for many years, I was struck by how few women I could count as colleagues. In college, I was certainly not outnumbered... Why was I now outnumbered at work?
Sandberg addressed my myriad questions and addressed them well. I now have hope and direction and feel better equipped to navigate the challenges of a male dominated work place.
I really enjoyed this book. Some of the data is depressing (lots of research on gender inequality) but I was motivated and inspired to do more with my career. I thought the narrator did a nice job at injecting feeling and emphasis and the pace was good. I plan to give this book to others, I think it is that important. I wish men would listen to this book too!
Could not have purchased this with better timing as a mid-20-something finishing grad school and starting her career. Will definitely listen to this as a reminder any time I don't feel strong enough or qualified enough to "sit at the table"
Life long student of life.
I can't say enough how much I related to Sheryl's own experiences in school and in the professional world. Her candid insights and encouragement to "lean in" is very motivating. I honestly felt that the reassurance she provided made me feel more confident in my decision making process.
The only chapter I did not relate to was one aimed at working moms. This is only because I'm not at that stage in my life, but it was interesting to hear this perspective and the arguments she presented for both the working mom and stay at home mom.
I plan to buy this book for the young ladies in my office as a gift.
"Fantastic!! A must read for women and men!"
Inspiring, engaging and very interesting. Excellent narrative, uses data and information from a variety of sources to make objective points.
I loved this book - so inspiring and helped me to realise it's ok to be ambitious, it's ok to love my child but also love my job. A must read for all men and women. Will be recommending it to my husband, sister, best friend and boss.
"Narrator a tad annoying"
I like the book, everyone raves about it for good reason.
I found the narrator really annoying but pushed through it - very heavily nasal and switches to a whiney voice when talking about being a mother.
"Powerful book to read a couple of times!"
Great inspiration to support one another. A good mix of memories and career tips and motivation.
The book really highlights the gender bias in both men and women and does a great job in challenging each one. I felt very empowered after reading this. It made me realise we all have to play a part in making the gender gap smaller. The only part of the book I sometimes struggled with is the social class difference between her and I. Being a COO makes her very privileged so in some parts I couldn't relate. But overall, a great listen!
This book is very good and a must for any working woman (and man) especially if you have children and are trying to balance life and work.
However, I could not help thinking that Sheryl comes from a more privileged and secure place than most of the women that I know, so may have more choices as a result. Some of this she acknowledges. (This is not to diminish her achievements or to dismiss the principles she proposes.) Only to say that many women, including myself, may not have her abilities or some of the support systems she refers to. But she is a great leader and this is a great book.
I have wanted to listen to this book for a long time and it did not disappoint.
Having watched Sheryl on Oprah and listened to her TED talk, I was interested to find out more. As a leader and mother myself, I could empathise and sympathise with a lot of her reflections and experiences. I wouldn't let the American Business world references put you off too much. I would recommend this to all working women with a family.
"Bad voice !"
I want listen to the book but can't as it sounds like a computer sorry
"Incredibly insightful and inspirational"
I absolutely loved this book. Definitely recommend it to everyone who's interested in a more equal world.
"Fantastic, thought provoking listen"
I was a bit worried that I might not enjoy the book,that it might focus too much on ambition, getting ahead at any cost but it didn't at all. I found it extremely interesting and could relate to a lot of what Sheryl had written. Although I don't see myself as either sexist or a victim or sexism, there were some scenarios and examples given which made me realise that sometimes certain views or attitudes are so entrenched that we aren't even conscious of them.
She was a fantastic narrator, so natural you felt as she was just talking to you rather than reading someone else's words.
When she spoke about her (now late) husband supports her and their family so much. How it isn't easy juggling responsibilities but she knows what a great team they make, and how it gives her reassurance that they will cope with any future difficulties.
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