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
This is an easy read with a little of everything... stories, statistics, and facts about women in the workforce. Women don't think about how they might be limiting their choices, like not accepting a new job or challenging responsibilities because they might want to start a family someday. They're giving up on compensation increases and experience because they don't know how being a mother with fit in with a demanding job. This bias applies to all women, not just those who are mothers. When a man is assertive, he's ambitious. When a woman is assertive, she's a bitch. The author gives many examples of when men are view positively while women are negatively given the same circumstances. This book makes you stop and think about your own bias. It is not a book about how to fix the workplace. It's a book to prompt people to have conversations.
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….
tight edgy beneficial
yes- I did and listened to it 5 more times taking notes
Trail blazer - true human a person I can look up to
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
"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.
"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 needed to hear this advice. reading this was like having high quality mentoring. Thank you!
Definitely gave me a new perspective, made me look from a different angle. thank you
One if the best books I've listened to on audible, definitely read or listen to this book
A good narrator, great topic of the book. I have only realised how very relevant it is upon reading it. I enjoyed the own-life stories and the data support. Highly recommended!
"This should be school curriculum reading"
I have listened to it twice already. There are stories and facts and figures that I want to be able to quote to people.
Shona Rhimes, year of yes. Both are inspiring books that every young person (of any gender) should read before leaving school.
Yes, although her voice gets a little irritating if you listen for too long. I gave performance 3 stars simply because it would have been nice is Sheryl herself had narrated it.
At many times I was shocked to hear how Sheryl and other women have been treated in the workplace.
Listen to this to understand how you could make the world a better place.
"good, but a bit oversimplified"
a really interesting book on a very important issue, but it sometimes the author oversimplified certain points to have more impact. Nevertheless I'd recommend it both for men and women as it's giving you a good insight on what we can do together to maximize the gain from the available workforce.
"Thought it was a self help book for women"
I thought this was a self help book for women in business, its not. I am not going to shun the book it is very interesting and the beginning section is really strong. But her tips come through her experiences which is wonderful but it nearly feels this book is used to clear up some issues that have been about in the press. And to also make Facebook look like the perfect company. So it started to grate on me.
Better off listening to 'do less, get more' by she wasmund.
honest convincing voice. no accent . voice more suitable with the book
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