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
As a female in the brewing industry who has just landed a managerial role at a relatively young age, Sheryl's words hit close to home. I'd say that the "imposter syndrome" resonated the most and is something that I live with every time I get to work. I had to force myself to accept many topics that she covered--as she pointed out, it can be hard for a woman to admit they are feminists. Even typing that is hard.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am happy I listened to it, rather than read it. The reader sounds very much like Sandberg and I found it was like listening to a mentor tell her story. Filled with honestly, openness and great advice, I felt the book gave me another way to view women in the workforce and how much we hold ourselves back at times. Highly recommend!
I also think It should be required reading for all men.
I loved every lesson in this book and started sharing the lessons on chapter 2 with my friends before I even finished . This gave me great insight on how to have and do it all with grace. But more importantly, I believe every man should read this. Thanks Sheryl for being open and honest which presented the most value in this book.
Great performance in this one. As a woman who started in education and stumbled into the male-dominated tech industry, I was resistant at first to the idea that I was ever treated different because of my gender. Unearthing my own unconscious bias has helped open up my eyes to all the work that needs to be done, and this book has shown me the vast challenges (a.k.a. opportunities) before us. For those who are at least a little aware, this book is essential in understanding a system so deeply engrained and the small yet significant changes in our thoughts and actions that we all can make. At the end of the day, this book is for anyone looking in personal success in and national success of corporate America.
Story was pretty interesting. Helpful if you want a career. Not as helpful if you want to be a stay at home mom. Reader pronounces the "t" in often. Which is supposed to be silent in American English like soften. If none of that bothers you, then, it's perfect!
"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.
"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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