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
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!
Very inspiring and informative. I count myself lucky to have this balance with my husband and to have the choices in life to pursue a career and be there for my family. This book is well written and well read.
Based on random media impressions, I had the incorrect impression that this book was about how to get to the top in the corporate world. I had no intention of ever reading this book. Then when Sheryl unfortunately lost her husband suddenly, I got to know some about her and her background and became interested to the point that I actually bought this book. From the first 30 seconds, I was hooked. I think Sheryl has done an exceptional job in communicating two key messages:
1. We should stop feeling guilty for compromises we make both personally and professionally because only we know the right balance for ourselves.
2. We need to fight for what we want and speak up when something isn't working rather than feeling powerless.
I would recommend this book to anyone!
Better than I expected. She makes some very good observations that put in words feelings I have had over the years about the dynamics of work for women. She offers some amount of new language.
This was by far one of the best audiobooks that I have ever listened to. Sheryl Sandberg's experiences that she shared as a Corporate Executive were eye opening, engaging and inspiring to us all!
"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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