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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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  • 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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Refreshing perspective

Thanks to Dufu for helping to validate the conflicting emotions of professionally-minded women who struggle to balance home and career management.

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Every wife and mother should listen to this book!

So much of Tiffany's book hit home for me, and her thoughts on an "all in partner" really helped me get past my "working mother" and "busy wife" guilt and realize that my husband can (and should) play a greater role, AND... most importantly... that I have to let go of my control issues and give him the freedom and autonomy to play that role however he wishes. Her book provides great perspective and enabled me to check up and rethink my assumptions about where my best value lies.

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A 24 chapter-long humble brag.

I found some bits to be relatable, but overall this book is meant for well-off working women. not just women who work outside the home, but women with high-powered positions.

I grew so tired of listening to her talk about how her husband was so incredibly helpful while across the world in Dubai. Congratulations. Your husband is a rockstar. But some men make less than 30k a year and don’t have the means or energy to be Superman. Not everyone has the luxury of a nanny. It was irritating listening to her talk about “delegating with joy” to her enormous village.

I nearly lost it when she talked about being stuck at a work conference due to a snowstorm and enjoying the time at the spa. Gag. Some mamas are lucky enough for private time to shower and put some makeup on.

The positive is that the book is full of fascinating facts and statistics, and she quotes many authors while citing other books, which I’d be interested in reading too. The basic concepts of coming up with a plan of action with your partner and having set duties and expectations, not stepping in when you’ve delegated the task and allowing your partner to take care of it, those are all great tips. I definitely had a couple a-ha moments, but overall I found this book to be frustrating and unrelatable. It just felt like one long brag of how she makes it all work.

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Time to learn to let go.

Loved listening to this book. Tiffany was perfect for voicing her own book. She brought wit, candor and balance to her reading and to her topic. As professional women we strive to be all and do all, and sometimes that leaves us drained and resentful of the things and people that we love. This book helps you understand that you are not alone in feeling that way and offers some real world suggestions on how you can turn this around in your own life. A great "read" for the busy woman. I devoured it on my morning commutes to work.

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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!!