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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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    dolores el paso, tx, United States 09-05-13
    dolores el paso, tx, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    Where does Lean In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was great, very empowering as a woman. It gave me the tools to have a different mindset when heading out in the workforce. Towards the end of the book there was a lot of talk about kids and a working executive mother and the difficulties. I have no children so this part dragged for me. Overall very motivating and eye opening to see how woman talk themselves down in the workforce.


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    Margo WATERTOWN, MA, United States 09-05-13
    Margo WATERTOWN, MA, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2013

    I've loved reading since I first learned. However, as a victim of motion sickness Audible is a savior. Getting my fix on the go!

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    "Motivating and Informative"

    As an almost 30 year old who has just made a career transition, this book is excellent. My new employer was recommending this book and I decided to give it a listen. It is not a very long book and so gives for a relatively quick listen.

    Sheryl has been around the block and has interesting advice and suggestions, from her equal marriage with her husband to thinking about people with needs around you, that push a person to become a leader.

    I will take her advice with me in this new career and hope to make myself a presence in a positive way.

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    Mae LEWISVILLE, TX, United States 09-04-13
    Mae LEWISVILLE, TX, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Just what I needed to here."
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me laugh, cry and Lean into the table.


    Any additional comments?

    It was great to know the fact that I am hated at my job might just mean that I am doing the job better than any man there.

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    Kim 09-02-13
    Kim 09-02-13
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    "Important Read for Women AND Men"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she mentioned that we must sit at the table. I actually remember one meeting where I chose not to sit at the table which was not that detrimental, as it turned out, but I now make a habit of sitting at the table and speaking up, even at the risk of looking like a newb.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an important book for both women and men to read to understand why we still must fight for equality. I am a feminist because feminism means questioning the current social and cultural norms and asking why is it like that and why does it have to be that way? Gender stereotypes and gender-based predjudices hurt everyone because they keep people from being their true selves and striving toward their true calling whether it be a woman as a CEO or a man as a stay at home dad. Women's rights are human rights and this book is a gentle, relateable reminder why it is important to acknowledge unfair, entrenched practices (for both genders!) and ask how we can level the playing field so that we can all be in the game! Or at the table! Oh and just to be clear: this book is not a feminist manifesto or anything political. It's about how we can all work towards a fairer workplace and home -for everybody involved. We're all in this together.

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    Julie Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-27-13
    Julie Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-27-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a writer and a yoga teacher with a Masters in English Literature.

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    "Encouraging and Informative"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lean In to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I think Elisa Donovan's voice was an interesting choice for the book. She has a very nonthreatening way of speaking, and perhaps that was the best choice for a feminist manifesto. Though I was curious about this choice throughout the book.


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

    I am a woman and a small business owner, and the book helped me understand what was holding me back, both externally and internally. It helped me understand that I was not alone, and that I can be a part of the fight for a 50/50 world where more women are in power and more men are at home simply by believing in myself, doing the best I can, and choosing to be around people who support me. I would recommend this book to anyone, including men, because it articulated many of the unfair expectations put on men, as well, and we would all of us benefit from a more equal world. I know the book has come up against a lot of criticism, and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I thought the honesty, vulnerability, and humour made it so relatable. Her feminism is very slightly different from my own, but I think that's fine, and I'm grateful to have read the book!


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    William 08-13-13
    William 08-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Perhaps I've been around too long"

    Back in early 70's, I was involved with NOW (National Organization for Women) and a wonderful girlfriend. South Carolina wasn't exactly the hotbed of FemLib. Our chatter about the need for advancing women was no different from Ms Sandberg. We felt it earnestly and believed we were breaking new ground.

    So does Ms Sandberg.

    40 years later, all this earnestness seems trite and simplistic.

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    Genevieve glen mills, PA, United States 08-05-13
    Genevieve glen mills, PA, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2012

    high school lacrosse coach

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    "Empowering and Thought Provoking"
    What made the experience of listening to Lean In the most enjoyable?

    Listening to this on the commute to my job made me feel empowered to change. I wished I had read this in high school before making college decisions.


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    D.R. California 08-02-13
    D.R. California 08-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thought-provoking and intelligent"

    A timely perspective on the role of gender in our society and the impact it continues to have on women's (and men's) roles in the home and the workforce. I especially liked the tone of the book. Sheryl Sandberg does not shy away from making assertions and backing them up with facts, yet she also does not bludgeon you with endless rhetoric, feminist or otherwise. You feel like you are getting the benefit of her insights, thoughts, and experiences without having to conform to her chosen way of life balance -- just inspired and intrigued to think about your own. I did not agree with every assertion she made, but I respected everything she said and felt that one of her key points was that we are all individuals and need to be proactive and purposeful in how we make that work for ourselves and our future.

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    Catherine S. Read Fairfax, VA USA 07-31-13
    Catherine S. Read Fairfax, VA USA 07-31-13 Member Since 2010

    A digital media consultant and business strategist. I'm a lifelong lover of books in all forms.

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    "A Book for Women AND Men"
    Where does Lean In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best ones I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the overall tone of what Sheryl had to say. She is realistic, optimistic, empathetic and very self effacing. She is not at all what the media has portrayed her to be. She speaks not in a critical voice, but in a way that says we can make the world a better place if we look at making choices more equal for both women and men. At the close of the book she talks of hoping that both her son and her daughter will have the opportunity to pursue what they want in both a career and at home and that they will be supported in their choices. That message is for everyone - not a particular demographic.


    What about Elisa Donovan’s performance did you like?

    Elisa did a good job reading the book. After seeing Sheryl Sandberg's TED Talk, I was familiar with how she delivered her message and I thought Elisa gave an accurate portrayal of that.


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

    I listened to this with my husband Tom while we were driving around all weekend from one city to another. At various times, he stopped the book so we could talk about something she had just said. It was very productive for us to listen to this together over the course of 3 days in the confines of our car. We had an opportunity to really focus on what she was saying and to relay to each other experiences we've had that were an example of what she is talking about. My husband is a partner in a law firm and a baby boomer, and I think he got a great deal out of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book to listen to with someone else because it is a wonderful catalyst for meaningful conversations on really important issues we ALL need to be concerned about.

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    VC Colorado 07-29-13
    VC Colorado 07-29-13
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    "Good book, terrible narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    Lean In has moments of being a bit too much of a feminist manifesto, but as a working mom I like the support Sheryl Sandberg provides, particularly in the "Having it All" chapter. But I can't stand the narrator - she emphasizes the passages pretty much the opposite way I would if I were reading it, and overplays Sandberg's dry humor.

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