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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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    Kindle Customer Seattle, WA 04-14-13
    Kindle Customer Seattle, WA 04-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspirational and relatable"
    What made the experience of listening to Lean In the most enjoyable?

    Sheryl Sandberg is so "real". Her book is amazing, really, and I was surprised by how much it mapped to a lot of the things in my life, and it opened my eyes up to biases within myself and society that before I hadn't noticed.


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

    No, I listened to a little bit of it every day on my commute


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an absolute must have, for any woman (working or not), and preferably also for every man who wants to live in a more fair, balanced and productive world. I finished the book and decided immediately that I want to listen to it again!

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    Megan Martin, TN, United States 04-14-13
    Megan Martin, TN, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Applys to all. Keep an open mind."
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was inspiring. Applys to all women in all walks of life. Encourages women to strive for more whether that be in the home or in the workplace or both. Great reader as well.


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    Helen RUMFORD, RI, United States 04-14-13
    Helen RUMFORD, RI, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Interesting, insightful, and thought provoking."

    I am still trying to process fully my feelings about this book. It certainly has gotten me thinking. Much can be taken, and adapted to many different situations. I ponder how my career decisions have shaped my life, and how they could have differed. Changes to judging and being judged start small.

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    Ben Palo Alto, CA, United States 04-14-13
    Ben Palo Alto, CA, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful book; everyone should read this!"
    What did you love best about Lean In?

    Sheryl Sandberg is an inspirational leader who wants to change the world--I think she just might!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


    Any additional comments?

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    CC Bee Midwest 04-12-13
    CC Bee Midwest 04-12-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Really appreciate this book."

    Sheryl Sandberg is exactly my age, so I identify with many of her struggles. She writes passionately about why women do not seek and have difficulty attaining leadership positions. She does not blame women, or say that everyone needs to make the same decision she did. I am familiar with a lot of the research she cites, but then she takes the extra step to make recommendations. I am in the academic world, not business, but I know I will put this book to good use in my own career. If you are a mother, wife, daughter, husband or father...consider this book!

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    Beth Alois Pennsylvania 04-10-13
    Beth Alois Pennsylvania 04-10-13
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    "Great book, with the wrong narrator."

    I am buying this book for my adult daughters and daughter-in-law. The author understands the problems of women in the workforce and highlights them with interesting anecdotes and plenty of statistics. Best of all, she offers concrete advice.

    I am not recommending the audiobook. The narrator does not have the voice of a mature, professional woman. She sounds as if she wants to turn every statement into a question, but knows she shouldn't. She reads clearly and can be funny; she just sounds too high pitched and girlish. I can imagine genres for which her reading would work (YA fiction, chick lit, zombie novels). Her voice is not right for a serious, adult book like this one.

    Read the book!

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    Louanne Lafayette, US, Canada 04-07-13
    Louanne Lafayette, US, Canada 04-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent advice from a really smart woman"
    If you could sum up Lean In in three words, what would they be?

    Direct Kind Smart


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

    My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor because she, too, is a smart woman who worked hard and defied stereotypes to achieve exceptional success.


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    Judy Quartz Hill, CA, United States 04-06-13
    Judy Quartz Hill, CA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Must read for all young professional women!"
    Where does Lean In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top!


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

    It made me realize that I need to excel not just for myself but to further equality for women in the workplace.


    What about Elisa Donovan’s performance did you like?

    She has a wonderful voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Lean in!


    Any additional comments?

    Parents - moms and dads: First of all, you should read this book. Next, pass it on to your young adult daughters.

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    Laurie Saunderstown, RI, USA 04-05-13
    Laurie Saunderstown, RI, USA 04-05-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Very compelling"
    What did you love best about Lean In?

    Well researched. Humble. Honest. Insightful. Even as a female executive myself, I found myself nodding in agreement throughout the book.


    What does Elisa Donovan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Young voice.


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    Solveig Brattleboro, VT, United States 04-02-13
    Solveig Brattleboro, VT, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Thank you!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lean In the most enjoyable?

    Dear Sheryl, Thank you for this wonderful book. This was truly what i needed to hear right now. I'm a stay-at-home mom and i'm looking toward re-entering the work force within the next few years. I loved listening to this while I do the dishes and cook dinner ;) I'm pretty confident so no worries there.... On the other hand I need to keep in mind my own stereotypes about women as I am raising two girls. Thanks for the reality check.


    What about Elisa Donovan’s performance did you like?

    She sounds very sweet, which is a great way to contradict the stereotypes surrounding successful women. I'm sure it was intentional.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So many. The point about sitting at the table, being in leadership positions in order to propose simple changes that will help women, feeling like a fraud, ... and on and on.


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