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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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    Nicki Norman, OK, United States 03-31-13
    Nicki Norman, OK, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Speaks to an executive mom's soul!"
    What did you love best about Lean In?

    Very affirming of my own struggles as a woman in leadership positions


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

    Definition of leadership....humanizing moments when she was "less" than perfect as a mom...encouragement to LEAN IN


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

    Sheryl Sandberg


    Any additional comments?

    I'm recommending it to all women who are in a career!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M St. Petersburg, fl, United States 03-31-13
    M St. Petersburg, fl, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Feel Compelled!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lean In the most enjoyable?

    I've never written a review before but I feel compelled to write one for this book! For all those who say that Sheryl Sandberg is too wealthy, or too intelligent, or too powerful a woman to speak for the middle and lower-class single mothers, I say BALONEY! The very reason she is able to present this message without being labeled a whiny B*%@#
    is because she is so wealthy, so intelligent, and so powerful! She has no need to fight this fight, which makes her the perfect woman to take it on.

    As a professional woman who is nearing fifty, a single mother for over a decade, and one of the first little girls to invade the all-boys little league in the 1970's, I can say that Sheryl's message is long overdue. Our generation has dropped the ball in our struggle for equality, and for the sake of our sons and daughters, our grandsons and granddaughters, we need to pick it back up and get back in the game! Despite the fact that my measly $60,000.00 annual salary will never afford me the luxury that Ms. Sandberg enjoys, reading Lean In made me realize that regardless of our station in life, our similarities are much, much greater than our differences.


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

    The story about the head lice!


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

    I have read extensively and have never felt that someone was actually speaking my very own thoughts before!


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Sheryl Sandberg, for having the audacity to speak your mind!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jazmin Oakland, CA, USA 03-30-13
    Jazmin Oakland, CA, USA 03-30-13 Member Since 2007

    Avid reader of non-fiction business books and great titles by women.

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    "Must read for any ambitious women."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm about to buy copies of this for all my girlfriends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's an inspiring read packed with practical advice.


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    Frank 03-30-13
    Frank 03-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Better Than Expected; Much More than the Title"

    First off...I'm a guy. I feel I have to say that so I don't lose too many man-points for listening to this book. I don't know much about Sheryl Sandberg and I may not agree with all of her points, but I'd recommend this book to anyone. It's a great listen. While it may seem like this topic should only be interesting to women, her approach and examples go well beyond that. The book may be framed around women's issues in the workplace, but I found the discussion about family issues to be equally as important, in particular, the balance between genders, families, stereotypes and careers. I'm sure Sheryl will take heat from both men and women by writing this book, however I can't help but think the world is now a slightly better place simply because she did. Five stars.

    -Frank

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Norfolk, VA, United States 03-29-13
    Rachel Norfolk, VA, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Glad I decided to get the book."
    What did you love best about Lean In?

    Sheryl Sandberg gave great and thoughtful advice. Overall the book was encouraging and full of interesting and thought provoking ideas.


    What didn’t you like about Elisa Donovan’s performance?

    Elisa definitely sounded too young - I kept replacing her pleading and questioning tone with a more confident and mentorish tone to get through the book. It was almost like Elisa would have been better reading something along the lines of "Shopaholic Ties the Knot". Not a horrible reader, there just seemed to be a misplaced/unconfident tone and demeanor that I did not expect.


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    Robert Avondale, PA, United States 03-29-13
    Robert Avondale, PA, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2005
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    "You can see the light at the end of the tunnel."
    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    Possibly, but I did send it to my sons and daughters and nieces. It really shows the way to a better work place.


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

    The women who got to the top because of all the pioneers before her took the time to say. "the view from up here is great, and you need to take a leadership role".... to make sure not only you, but your peers and your daughters and grand daughters continue to build the momentum to equality in the work place.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sharing that some nerd named his project after her "the whale".


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

    Not really. Some of the ideas have to stew. And I don't agree that you can have perfect children, even if that is all you spend your life's work on.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend that if you're on facebook- Friend Lean in.org or what every she has set up. This is a true gift that a person who is running a very important company at this time in our history, would take the time to salvage the attempt to address this issue by her mentor Larry Suimmers, when he was at Harvard and he was run over by a Mack truck. Summers obviously picked the right person to mentor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Van Beekum Mill Valley 03-12-13
    Pamela Van Beekum Mill Valley 03-12-13 Member Since 2001

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    "For Every Woman - Men Who Want to be with Them"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Important and crucial thought on the state of women today.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Message


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

    All through it.


    Any additional comments?

    Walk, don't run to read this.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Johnson Houston, TX United States 04-02-13
    Jan Johnson Houston, TX United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Who ARE these women?"
    Would you try another book from Sheryl Sandberg and/or Elisa Donovan?

    The reader was fine. The content of the book itself is very light and can be summed up in three sentences: Stand up for yourself, no matter what your choice. If you're going to go for something, GO FOR IT. Don't hang back because you're a girl.


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

    I'm not sure what the genre is.


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

    No. The content is very light. I think everything that needed to be said here was. Over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    I just don't know who these women are who need to be told to BE SUCCESSFUL or what that entails. I am not one of them, and I don't hang out with m(any) of them. I'm sure her message is helpful for some people, but there was nothing new here for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian Beeville, TX, United States 05-17-13
    Adrian Beeville, TX, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2011

    Author of Kindertransport

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    "Desire to lead; lack of opportunity"
    What would have made Lean In better?

    The author takes a pristine look at her life where every challenge is a lesson and every obstacle is a perfectly-navigated success. Life is a lot messier than that! I wish she'd been a lot more open about her failures. Name-dropping is always annoying, regardless of the intent.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's voice was annoying to me and may have colored my judgement of the book. Maybe a different actor would have made the experience better for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The author seemed to be ignoring the fact that a lot of women don't have/haven't had her opportunities and make choices based on a very different rubric. She also pooh-pooh'd the decisions of women who, like me, step off the corporate track to raise a child. Sure, if I'd decided to stay committed to my high profile job I wouldn't be in a salary deficit today, but I don't regret putting my daughter first.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany COLLEGE STATION, TX, United States 05-13-13
    Tiffany COLLEGE STATION, TX, United States 05-13-13
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    "Good Read!"
    Where does Lean In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high- I felt like some of it was pretty repetitive, but it kept me interested until the end. It's not super heavy on the feminist side, which I appreciated. She is more focused on balancing the playing field in life. I think I actually identified most with how she suggested that people handle their home life. To avoid gender norms in the home, and have a 50/50 chore set up no matter what the working situation is for either parent.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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