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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.

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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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  • 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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Excellent book

Felt like she's talking about me. A must read for every working mom! Really opened my eyes.

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Yes, read it!

This book had so many a-ha moments for me. I love that it not only addresses women’s need to drop the ball, but also men’s need to be all in partners and advocates for better partnerships, which leads to more women in leadership, and therefore more equality in the workplace. I highly recommend it. It would be a great book club read. I’m considering starting a partner book club, and reading this first. It will definitely spark some good conversation.

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Captivating story telling and life-changing perspectives

Recommended for mothers everywhere, and especially those who feel the tired, exhausted, and under appreciated. Tiffany’s story of a working mother trying to “do it all” resonated with me. Through captivating storytelling she shares her personal struggles, and offers some life-changing perspectives and very practical strategies on how to do things differently to regain your sanity!!

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Impressed and inspired

I am so glad that Tiffany Dufu exists in this world and has so generously shared her knowledge with us. I am going to do my best to honor that gift and follow her advice. This book is smart and thoughtful, just like its talented author and reader. An absolute pleasure to listen to.

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Entertaining but not relatable

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Well, I have been called uptight and extremely driven by my friends/husband/family and the main thing I got from this book is that I am pretty chill for a career-driven working mom. Honestly, I couldn't relate to much of Tiffany's issues (can't leave the house without matching bra and panties - who is going to see it?!, a terrible communicator, extremely controlling). My husband and I laughed about making and maintaining a spreadsheet of household duties, just way too over the top. She's clearly done some deep self-reflection but she doesn't really go into detail about how her marriage survived through all her issues, as I found giving smiley face stickers for complete chores to her husband a divorce-worthy offense or at least worthy of extensive couples therapy.

There is something dishonest about the book in that it really wasn't so much about Tiffany needing to drop the ball but really need to work on the poor communication issues between her and her husband and her Home Control Disease (HCD, as she calls it). I can't imagine her years of infantilizing her husband were fixed with a spreadsheet. If you are a compulsive, controlling person maybe you will find this book useful but I don't think it offers practical advice or insight for most working mothers.

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Great Read For All Women

I love when authors read their own books and do it well. Eventhough I am not a working mother I found this book to be helpful and exciting.

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Life changer

This book has the potential to change your life if you have the courage to embark on this journey. I wish I could have started my life with this book. I can now exhale & drop the ball.