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Drop the Ball

Achieving More by Doing Less
Narrated by: Tiffany Dufu
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
4.5 out of 5 stars (371 ratings)

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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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  • 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.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining but not relatable

Any additional comments?

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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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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Makes sense for the right audience

This is a very good book and I like what Tiffany has to say however I felt the book it more geared towards working moms ... unfortunately that's not me. That all said, I can use some of the tips/tricks in my career.

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Eye opening

Great book. Very eyr opening and inspiring. Definitely changed my mindset at home and at work.

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Couldn't get through it

A very cavalier and unrealistic view toward life management. Not much to say but not worth my time.

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FOR SUPERHUMANS

I really wanted to like this book, but every situation Tiffany explained made me feel more and more disconnected and like my life has been worse than I thought. How do ever empathize with someone that had a supportive childhood, involved & encouraging father? She married her high school sweetheart that she chose for strategic reasons & sews dresses in a day, & keeps her entire life and home perfectly organized? I can’t finish it, I now feel worse about my inability to do a quarter of the things she talked about.

Entire chapters on a single subject were unnecessary.

I admire women leaders and appreciate that aspect of this but it seems to be more of a biography of a superhuman, never tiring leader. Not a busy mom. I held on way too long and I’m mad about that.

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This book changed my life!

This book changed my life! I have already started to drop the ball a little, but am going to continue on that journey. Thank you!

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Just Excellent

I laughed and cried and was frustrated all along in Tiffany's story and I was glad to hear what happened to the blue couch. And all along the way, I learned a whole lot, was able to be self reflective of my own stuff, and feel inspired to drop the ball while choosing the highest and best use of my self and time. Thank You, Tiffany Dufu!