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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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This book provides the perspective that we all, not just working mothers, need to revolutuonize what balance looks like. If we all instituted the lessons learned from Tiffany's journey, we'd be lightyears ahead as a society.

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This book is not changing my life, it’s saving it

This book was recommended to me after rattling off all the things in my life that were my “rocks” I was swimming with. As I went through the journey with Tiffany, I looked at my all in partner with a new appreciation. I looked at my son with more grace than I had given before. More importantly, I looked in the mirror and started to see someone incredible - not perfect - but incredible. Thank you, Tiffany.

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too many repetitive messages, pacing issues

DNF 50%. I just couldn't take any more of the repetitive messages. didn't like: slow pacing, excruciating detail of everything that doesn't move the story quickly enough, story/point doesn't move quickly enough, repetitive (poor communication between partners, inability to understand what you want/need, expectations of partners without any discussion about what those expectations are, etc. etc.). liked: great message, important points.

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I Dropped The Ball For Listening to This Book

I dropped the ball to listen to the book. Nothing in the description lead me to the belief that it was a feminist manifesto. Please don't get me wrong. I am an ardent apologetic for women's rights, but it was not what I expected. I was planning on dealing with the challenges of everyday life. I would have taken a page if I knew this was a chronicle of the struggles of mother to a card-carrying feminist guru.

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NEXT

I'm not going to finish this book. The book title should be "Drop the ball: as long as you have a husband or partner who can pick it up." As a single mother, working and going to school full time, I really tried to find something for me in this book. It's just not there. Next.