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
Initially, when asked to read this book, I didn't thinking it would be my cup of tea. I'm not a corporate woman, but I am a business owner. I was pleasantly surprised at how applicable most of the book was to my life, although there were major cultural things that were not relatable.
After listening to this, I felt compelled to purchase two copies. One was for my sister and one to keep and share with my daughters. THAT is how good this book is. I continue to flip through it and have pages marked for use to write cover letters, research papers and classroom discussions.
Avid reader of classics and fiction, history and well-written genre novels. Music lover and huge audiobook fan.
I initially refused to consider reading this because I find business books boring and underwritten -two ideas, two hundred pages. Most would make a reasonable serious business journal article at best. This book is not a lot different, lots of ego and anecdotes, but also some very useful perspectives and ideas that would have made a nice substantive article.
That said, I agree with much of what Sandberg says and I agree with her general point on how badly things are going for working women in our country relative to their potential to have more fulfilling and more meaningful careers whether at home or at the office depending on their ability to negotiate more manageable work loads in the home and the office. I salute her for standing up and saying so and for her commitment to being a feminist when so many women are willing to take the fruits of the women's movement but unwilling to fight anyone other than themselves.
I enjoyed the book, but it could have been an article….
Sheryl's writing is very engaging & the narrator voice was enjoyable to listen to.
I felt inspired to lean in.
I really enjoyed Sheryl's writing. She is such an engaging speaker & writer. Very happy that I read/listened to it. Will listen to it again.
Once I got passed the first Chapter, I this ranks as excellent information that I will utilize.
Yes, every manager male or female will benefit.
No however I wish Brene Brown had hired her for her books.
I resonated with the information.
Format and the context were well defined and flowed.
The narration is great and the story fantastic. She expose herself to the real world and exactly what each business women is facing. I relate to each story and also got some fantastic insight on what not to do !
All the funny stories about managing husband and children as well as taking stands in negotiating salary.
Do what you feel is best for the business take insight from others but don't take a mentor !
No. There were a couple of points I liked, but overall she didn't have a lot of recommendations on how to change gender inequality. She just pointed to the obvious notion that there is a gender inequality. I hated the fact that she described herself as a whale when she was pregnant. How awful. Also, I didn't get the point that she wants to be treated equal but yet asks for benefits for parking at her job. I don't understand how she champions gender equality but yet asks to be treated differently from others. Men don't get this treatment or special parking spaces.
I've never read one before.
Good. A little young.
To confront problems head on and to sit at the table.
I would definitely recommend and have already recommended this book to quite a few women/men that I know. Some men are still skeptical about reading it. I think everyone whether they're working or not needs to understand the biases of the world so true equality is achieved.
These are situations most working and non-working women face. These was well described with anecdotes and her reactions were realistic and the way she handled them was brave.
I feel this book was mostly unbiased and showed attitudes of women towards men just as much as it showed attitude of women towards women and men towards women.
She was very expressive and in most parts could relate to the tone in her voice. So, yes!
I did not listen to this in one sitting, I listened to it on my car phone during my long commute to work through multiple days
I didn't like how high-pitched the narrator's voice was. It sounded too young, almost girlish. After a while, I got used to it. It wasn't so bad that I stopped listening, but it was annoying.
It actually takes a while to digest and consider some of the points Sheryl Sandberg makes. I just finished it this week, and may go through and read it again soon. I don't agree with all of the points she makes, but some of them are definitely worth considering and discussing with others in my workplace.
I remember when this came out and she was on the interview circuit. A lot of TV pundits criticized her or the book without actually reading what she said--both liberals and conservatives. They probably had an intern read it and made a book report. It's works better has a whole, rather than isolated bullet points. I would recommend it to anyone who shares a workplace or a home with a woman or mother. There are points for both men and women to consider.
After starting this book adventure based on my long drives, it has become an obsession, a method for relaxation and enjoyment.
I found the information that was provided was incredibly insightful. I find my self trying to not to let any obstacles stand in my way of becoming the best. This book also helped me identify some of my short comings and I was able to make slight changes to be more successful at work. I really enjoyed the stories and it makes a huge difference when you can recognize some of the situations that you have experienced. LOVED THIS BOOK ...I listened to it 5 x and bought books for all the women I work with.... It can make a difference.
"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.
"As a black woman let me say this!"
So many people who reviewed this had said it was hard to relate to her because she was Jewish and came from a middle class background. As a black woman from the lower class background I still found myself nodding and even clapping along to what was being said. This is a MUST read.
"Really inspiring!! Total motivator!"
This was a great audiobook. Really enjoyed the different chapters and how it was broken down. It was really inspiring and really motivated me to change the way I behave at work. Really liked the narrator too, she gave the book a lift so I didn't feel like I was listening to a "business" book.
This book basically changed my career. I'm in my early 20's and made me realise all the small ways I put myself down on a daily basis, both to myself and to my colleagues. This book blew me away and I think its an essential read for anyone whose at the start of their career.
"not for me"
Etch left me feeling like the world hates me for being a woman, apparently my teachers were not interested in me cause I was a girl, men at work aren't interested in my view etc... I had to stop listening as made me feel awful. not even my grandad who was convinced that educating girls gave them brain damage made me feel bad... he just made me laugh the fool!! I work in a male dominated environment and didn't get this book. I am sure that for some women who are not comfortable in a male dominated environment this is invaluable, but not for me..... look at people as people not as men, women, whites, coloureds etc and view yourself as a person too. xx
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.
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