Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.
Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg's provocative, inspiring book about women and power - grew out of an electrifying TED talk Sandberg gave in 2010, in which she expressed her concern that progress for women in achieving major leadership positions had stalled. The talk became a phenomenon and has since been viewed nearly 2,000,000 times. In Lean In, she fuses humorous personal anecdotes, singular lessons on confidence and leadership, and practical advice for women based on research, data, her own experiences, and the experiences of other women of all ages. Sandberg has an uncanny gift for cutting through layers of ambiguity that surround working women, and in Lean In she grapples, piercingly, with the great questions of modern life. Her message to women is overwhelmingly positive. She is a trailblazing model for the ideas she so passionately espouses, and she's on the pulse of a topic that has never been more relevant.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 27 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||11 March 2013|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
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1,179 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
2 in Women in Business
4 in Women & Business (Books)
10 in Biographies of Business Leaders
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This book was more about humanism and equal rights. It's not about women taking advantage for granted but more like, women should also work hard enough. Also, the business (or the world) has been so man-centric which resulted in disregarding woman's needs. Women have been forced to work and live in a man-centric world and the author was saying that we should come forth to speak out. Also, we should respect one's choice. We shouldn't blame women who want to work after giving birth. Also, we should support when a man quits to take care of his children.
Although by the end of the book, the story becomes a bit like feminism but to a rational level only.
It was very relevant to current society and enlightening.
Very easy to read and be inspired. About time I read it again now as it's been a year and still stands out as one of hte ost influential books I've read.
Came home and bought it twice more in paperback to give to a couple of girlfriends. I love SS and everything she says in this book. It's a gift!
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I feel so sad that so many people criticise Sheryl’s book Without reading it. When I told my partner I was reading “lean in“, he said, “Oh..., People say it’s only for rich elite women who can afford full-time nannies.“ That is a result of malicious rumour. In my opinion people who criticise the book are the ones that focus too much in little details and very often forget the bigger picture that the book is trying to present. “Lean in “has been recommended to me by my mentor, a powerful and knowledgeable business woman after I shared with her that I am struggling with my confidence and almost constantly doubting myself. The book helped me realise that there are many talented and successful women out there who feel the same as I do. Whilst reading the book there were a lot of examples that Sheryl gives that I could resonate with and I agree with almost everything she says. I am competitive and ambitious but think that I am not experienced enough or I am not ready for the big challenge.
We have to help change the world so that our sisters and daughters don’t need to go through the same thing. In my opinion this book is not only suitable for women but men can benefit from it as well. This book is great conversation starters you might want to read it which are partner, and talk about the issues you have always wanted to bring up but couldn’t.
Key tips: 'sit at the table' (ie put yourself forward and don't hold yourself back - 'what would you do if you were not afraid?"); be aware of gender stereotyping and explain why you are going to negotiate before you do negotiate - but don't fail to negotiate (men negotiate naturally and it is expected of them); 'make your partner a real partner' (and, for example, don't go in for gatekeeper behaviour at home and ask him to step aside and let you do it when he's making a mess of things - let him do it himself and learn); generally in finding a job look at the growth potential of the company (as the author did with Google) and think what you can offer an employer that the employer actually wants/needs; and on living your life understand that time is a scarce resource and you can't have or do it all - the whole essence of the thing is trade-offs and decisions.
So, there's a lot of interest here; and the book gives every appearance of being well researched as well as full of personal material. The author tells us in the afterward that she has a co-writer; and that even so writing the book has taken out of the time she spends with her husband. This also has the ring of truth - but it does to some extent underscore the idea that the author is something of an exceptional human being.
I would recommend cross-checking her thinking against the recent book The XX Factor by Alison Wolf. That carefully explains that there are three life styles for women today - one fot the top 1%, another for the remainder of the top 20%, and a third for the other 80%. Sandberg is definitely part of the top 1% in that grouping. So perhaps her thinking is not entirely for everyone....