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Lean in

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Sandberg, Sheryl (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lean in


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Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women's voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In this book the author examines why women's progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential. She is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune magazine's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to "sit at the table," seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto. She digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of "having it all." She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home. The book is a call to action and a blueprint for individual growth; it is designed to change the conversation from what women can't do to what they can.
Authors: Sandberg, Sheryl
Statement of Responsibility: Sheryl Sandberg
Title: Lean in
women, work, and the will to lead
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 228 pages 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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Report This Mar 05, 2014
  • longlivesmilies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well written. Includes a lot of anecdotes and statistics that confirm Feminism is very much still needed today. To critics who thought her viewpoint was too limited: ANY steps toward equality are a good thing, everyone's viewpoint is limited in some way, and there are parts of the book that are useful to everyone.

Report This Feb 12, 2014
  • beckythecat1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent if your are under 35 years AND in a high paying managerial job. If, you are a low level clerical, the ideas in this book could/would get you fired. O, and having an MA from Harvard would help. I am over 60 and out of the work force now. This might have helped when I was a new university graduate. Plus, helps if you have a highly paid spouse/partner. Read with several grains of salt.

Report This Nov 24, 2013
  • Thai5357 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is good (at best) for someone that didn't learn about women's studies in college. I minored in Women's Studies but learned about women in the global context, so this contained few new material for me. This book is about a very small area of focus: white, high SES women in America, and I found it made huge overgenearalizations.

Report This Nov 15, 2013
  • Utenochek rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This book is disturbing. It creates unrealistic expectations based on an experience of the priviliged elite.

Loved this book. As a middle age woman who has stayed home with children for many years, I found it inspiring and encouraging to now not hesitate and move forward as I consider my future. It's been on hold for a long time. Great read for teens approaching their future. I agree men should read it too. Enjoy!

Report This Jul 31, 2013
  • dgr rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This is an interesting book and Sandberg makes a lot of valid points. Unfortunately, she buries them with male-bashing, unsupported generalizations about men and non-sequitirs. She seems to lack an awareness of the dark side of the world, the dark side of women in particular and her own position as an "employee" of 3 of the most ethically-challenged entities in the world. She quotes Marie Wilson as saying "Show me a woman without guilt and I'll show you a man." page 138 Men don't have guilt? Really? She acknowledges (page 149) that "If a man had delivered the same message or even gently pointed out that women might be taking actions that limited their options, he would have been pilloried." She doesn't add "pilloried by women" which was (arguably) smart, if less honest. That observation is worth re-reading. On page 160, she says, "Men need to support women and, I wish it went without saying, women need to support women, too." She neglects to mention any need for ANYone to support men. Her unintended message seems to jibe with my new definition of feminism which is "Women helping women to get men to help women help women." The problem with this book seems to be that Sheryl Sandberg doesn't seem to know too much about men OR women. This book was frustrating; I"m grateful it wasn't too long.

Report This Jul 19, 2013
  • nannerl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this, lots of good tips for women who want to get ahead in the workplace. It was surprising to me that, even at her lofty level, she's experienced the same sexist maneuvers as any woman with her eyes open does, and she tells how she deals with things. She has the patience to play the game, and it works for her. Even though men have written books on how to succeed in business, without backlash, for some reason some women feel the need to criticize this book for strange reasons, like it doesn't address their realities. Well, sure, if you're a stay at home mom or have no ambition to move ahead in the workplace, just don't read the book, it wasn't meant for you. I completely agree with her main theme, and that is not to back away from opportunities, and to have faith in your abilities. It's good advice.

Report This Jun 23, 2013
  • joyceallen06 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I appreciated this corporate perspective and the work Sheryl did to invite men into the conversation. She has her critics, but I found several helpful points of resonance with my work and impact. I feel Sheryl has a finger on a pulse of truth today and I highly recommend this read.

Report This Jun 19, 2013
  • Jqueue27209 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very honest. Highly recommend!

Report This May 17, 2013
  • Avantel rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

It's been half a century that the women's movement has done nothing but moving ahead and after all this time people like this Sheryl are still asking and asking more of men. It's time to give something back to men, like "thanks" other obligations, complains, etc.

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One of the things [Mark] told me was that my desire to be liked by everyone would hold me back. He said that when you want to change things, you can't please everyone. If you please everyone, you aren't making enough progress.

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