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.
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Sheryl's assessment of women in the workforce is informed, level headed and a relief to see articulated.
If you're a working mother looking for a book to make you feel good about your choice this is the book for you. Being a single career woman with no family to feel bad about neglecting, it was not the book for me. There are a few pieces of good advice regarding communicating and negotiating in a male-dominated workplace but, for the most part, this book goes on an on about a guilt-free mindset for those women who have chosen to put career ahead of family.
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.
No, I listened to a little bit of it every day on my commute
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!
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.
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.
Sheryl Sandberg is an inspirational leader who wants to change the world--I think she just might!
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!
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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It made me realize that I need to excel not just for myself but to further equality for women in the workplace.
She has a wonderful voice.
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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