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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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    Christy 11-10-13
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    "Important read for men, too!"
    If you could sum up Lean In in three words, what would they be?

    Encouraging, challenging, informational


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

    I really didn't want this book to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Young women will be reminded of the ground on which their current opportunities are built. They (and male readers) will get great management tips and will learn how women (supported by partners) can reach their goals and be encouraged not to "settle" for less than they can be.

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    Tara M. North Carolina 11-08-13
    Tara M. North Carolina 11-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Her honesty and vulnerability was refreshing. She has some of the everyday struggles we all have.


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    Marva Gaithersburg, MD, United States 11-06-13
    Marva Gaithersburg, MD, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2013

    Words spoken in season is like a fresh rain.

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    What did you like best about Lean In? What did you like least?

    Q (1) Her mother's contribution to society.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sheryl Sandberg? Why or why not?

    Maybe. Working towards equality in the workplace has been met w/all too many obstacles and challenges.


    Which character – as performed by Elisa Donovan – was your favorite?

    The author.


    Do you think Lean In needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope. Once is enough and her point was well made.


    Any additional comments?

    No matter what this book implies, women must always know how to work her strength positively without a mindset that causes a man or men to resent her and her efforts.

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    K. B. Rollins 10-29-13
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    "Must be very different in the computer world"
    Would you try another book from Sheryl Sandberg and/or Elisa Donovan?

    Probably not. I enjoyed hearing about Sheryl's life and I like her, but her philosophical slant doesn't ring true.


    Has Lean In turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm always interested in conceptual autobiography (what I've learned from what I've done), but will remain cold toward "women's books".


    What three words best describe Elisa Donovan’s performance?

    Good company on a long drive, but a little self-conscious in tone.


    Any additional comments?

    I am an engineer who has thrived in the oilfield for 34 years. I've made a good living, I worked up quickly to middle management in a mid-sized company. I stepped out on my own to supervise on-site drilling rig activity for 15 yrs. I am also female with one marriage thru it all, and a wonderful daughter in a happy marriage of her own.

    I don't usually listen to "chick politics", but try to expand my brain a little sometimes. I bought this book because of high reviews. It was very enlightening, but I strongly disagree that women "should" be in the work force, that special provision is due them, and that children do fine in childcare.

    I don't know anything about the computer world, In general industry, women should have an opportunity to contribute if they are so inclined, but must be polite about the fact that they are stepping into a world different than themselves. We must keep in mind that businesses run to make a profit for owners/stockholders, not to step in line with a political agenda. In addition, the affected families need to grapple with the realities of loosing access to a mother -- this is not a small sacrifice.

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    Mary Stevenson Ranch, CA, United States 10-27-13
    Mary Stevenson Ranch, CA, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2013

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    "For the women who is just starting her career"
    Would you try another book from Sheryl Sandberg and/or Elisa Donovan?

    I thought that this book had a few good points, but I felt that Sheryl Sandberg needed to be 20 years older than she claims to have experienced some of the discrimination she describes.
    I did think the "Will you be my mentor?" section was very good. And some of her points about negotiation were depressingly accurate.
    The book as a whole has sparked some great conversation and I value that.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes. The narration was fine, just not particularly memorable.


    Do you think Lean In needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not unless there is new information to impart.


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    Ineshia 10-26-13
    Ineshia 10-26-13 Member Since 2013

    Love life!

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    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    I would to give me a push to go for it....what ever it may be.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that I related to a lot of what she went through as she moved up in her career. It made me feel like I "wasn't the only one" that believed I was a fraud.... You have to read the book to understand that statement.


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    bea tea 10-08-13
    bea tea 10-08-13

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

    Don't leave before you leave! Why give up on something when it's not even time yet, and you don't know what great opportunities lie in front of you


    Any additional comments?

    The delivery of this audio book was great. I often thought I was listening to Sheryl herself.

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    Anne 09-26-13
    Anne 09-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It's a tough world for women who work"
    If you could sum up Lean In in three words, what would they be?

    Support fellow women.


    What about Elisa Donovan’s performance did you like?

    I felt like it was Sheryl speaking to me, even though I've not heard her speak before. She has a friendly voice, easy to follow and nice to listen to.


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

    Several places. I think when she talks about motherhood and working, I really felt like I understood better how to think about the struggles and challenges that both working moms, stay at home moms, and those who are not moms each have something special to offer. And each has their own guilt, trepidation and frustration as a working professional.


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    Camille Pane Gainesville, FL 09-24-13
    Camille Pane Gainesville, FL 09-24-13
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    "Great book, not just for women"

    When I first heard about this book, I had no desire to read it. Now I am glad I did. It is instructive for any one who works, lives with or communicates with other people. Yes, it is mostly about women and work and family but Sandberg's insights into how to have the life you want apply to everyone. The narration was good, and Sandberg injects some humor into some of her anecdotes. It was enjoyable to listen to, and compelling to think about. In fact, I think I may listen to it again.

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    Dallas CLARKSVILLE, TN, United States 09-19-13
    Dallas CLARKSVILLE, TN, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic, Inspiring book!"

    This is a wonderful book. I couldn't stop listening to the audio, and finished in two days worth of commutes to work! I will be buying the hardcopy for many friends and family as gifts!

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