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Publisher's Summary

A bold and inspiring memoir and manifesto from a renowned voice in the women's leadership movement who shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go.

Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all they must do it all, Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others - freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home.

Even though women are half the workforce, they still represent only 18 percent of the highest level leaders. The reasons are obvious: Just as women reach middle management, they are also starting families. Mounting responsibilities at work and home leave them with no bandwidth to do what will most lead to their success. Offering new perspective on why the women's leadership movement has stalled, and packed with actionable advice, Tiffany Dufu's Drop the Ball urges women to embrace imperfection and to expect less of themselves and more from others - only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding life we all desire.

©2017 Tiffany Dufu (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Only for the affluent

Nothing in the description implied this book is only for working women with housekeepers. This doesn’t translate for single mothers or those couples without the means to have an at home nanny. I didn’t find this helpful at all. The more chapters I listened to the angrier I got! No helpful tips.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • 01-29-18

Couldn't Even Finish It

Would you try another book from Tiffany Dufu and/or Tiffany Dufu?

Unlikely

Would you ever listen to anything by Tiffany Dufu again?

Unlikely

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tiffany Dufu?

No. She did fine. A bit slow but otherwise fine.

Any additional comments?

I desperately wanted to listen to this book. The title is "Drop the Ball. Achieving More by Doing Less". I've been gritting my teeth waiting for something substantive to be said. Anything. But I've now wasted 4+ hours of invaluable "reading" time and so far this is simply a story about her life. Which, by the way, seems to consist of more self-inflicted OCD hangups and an incredible inability to communicate her thoughts, feelings and needs to her husband, than anything that's remotely relatable by most women. I didn't expect or need her to overcome adversity on any level. Heck, I didn't even need to hear the minutia of her life. BUT I did hope to hear something related to dropping the ball and how to achieve more by doing less. Again, I'm in chapter 9 and I've got nothing. Don't waste your credit. I'm going to try to return this.

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Finally! Someone who understands....

As a professional woman working in the financial services industry with a 5 month old, I found this book absolutely refreshing. While the idea of "dropping the ball" didn't sound all that original I found her story interesting and decided to give it a chance. I'm very happy that I did, because what she speaks of is more than simply passing tasks off, or letting your personal life explode to pursue success. She's talking about managing your expectations and the immense amount of pressure that is placed on mothers. Her performance was pleasant, I could listen to her during my commute and while folding clothes and never found it annoying. That is a big issue for me with many of the audio books, but I breezed through this one. Also, the stories she told are very relatable. Overall I felt inspired after finishing it and would highly recommend this to anyone feeling overwhelmed with expectations that you never seem to be able to meet, to do lists that never seem to get shorter, and partners that you love but don't feel they pull their weight. Bravo Tiffany. I am a fan.

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Perfect for Liberals on the Northeast Coast.

What would have made Drop the Ball better?

A broader approach or worldview by the author. Her view is quite narrow to a specific viewpoint.

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  • K-dog
  • Ohio USA
  • 02-06-18

Lots of inspiring words for women and moms

It was a great story with a powerful message hat shed light onto known and new perspectives for families, gender stereotypes, and workloads. Lots of fun facts and personal stuff that gets you invested in the reader. Also lots of statistics and tyrants on high powered women driving to be in the C-suite who "hire" a village to care for the children That I think myself and many readers cannot relate to. The author tries to include techniques for every level of paren and employee but I felt myself forced to keep listening at times, then be glad that l listened for one more inspiring tip.

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couldn't even finish it.

after Brene browns braving the wilderness this book felt like a waste of time to me.

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Author is either an idiot or the most naive woman on the planet

I’ve been with my husband nearly 11 years, married for almost 7 of them. Our daughter arrived a little over a year ago.

Of course we discussed who would do what as a couple, and especially before we had kids. How is it possible you get to the point where your baby is already born and you didn’t think about daycare or career management???

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Powerful and relevant

Drop the Ball taught me that it is an option to consciously choose to "drop the ball" intentionally and that is O.K., it doesn't always have to be accidental. By allowing yourself to do less and expect more of those around you, you may actually be pleasantly surprised because those around you could exceed your expectations and find new and creative (and more efficient) ways to do the bazillions of things we as women try to juggle daily. Amazing read! Highly recommend! Thank you Tiffany Dufu!

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Rated Among my Best Reads for 2017

I really is enjoyed the humor and truth shared in this book. I can totally relate. I need to commuicate my feelings and thoughts clearly!

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  • Marie
  • PHOENIX, AZ, US
  • 09-29-17

Great lessons

I enjoyed hearing how Tiffany dropped the ball to help me develop my own strategy of doing so. I just wish she had someone else read it - her scratchy voice made me tired.