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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: Anyone who's watched Sheryl Sandberg's popular TED Talk, "Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders," is familiar with--and possibly haunted by--the idea of "having it all." "Perhaps the greatest trap ever set for women was the coining of this phrase," writes Sandberg in Lean In, which expands on her talk's big idea: that increasing the number of women at the top of their fields will benefit everyone. Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, encourages women to challenge the common workplace assumption that "men still run the world." She asks men to be real partners, sharing in the family work that typically leads to a woman's decision to stay home; she asks women who expect to start a family soon not to check out of work mentally. Sandberg's critics note that her advice may not resonate with the masses: The Harvard-educated exec can afford a veritable army to help raise her children. But Sandberg's point--which affects all of us--is that women who have what it takes to succeed at the highest professional level face many obstacles, both internal and external. Lean In is likely to spur the conversations that must happen for institutional changes to take place at work. --Alexandra Foster
*Starred Review* If Facebook COO (and first-time author) Sandberg succeeds, it will be because she’s made us mad—and more than willing to act. With no small amount of self-deprecating humor, a massive quantity of facts and research, plus a liberal dose of very personal anecdotes, Sandberg forces each one of us—woman and man—to reexamine ourselves at work and in life, using a unique filter. Are we more concerned about being liked than succeeding? Do we think of our career as a series of upward ladders rather than a jungle gym? Do our authentic selves—and honesty—show up in business? In short, every single undoing of a woman’s career is examined thoughtfully and with twenty-first-century gentleness and exposed with recommended remedies. Her colleagues act as advocates for her theme: lean in, or take a risk and drive change for us all. And though there are no solutions offered, except in the formation of communities around the country and (we hope!) around the world, there’s tremendous reenergy in feeling that, thanks to Sandberg, the world just might be a different place. --Barbara JacobsSee all Editorial Reviews
Easy read. Happy to know I am not the only one with these fears. Go take what you want in the workplace, ladies. Just be respectful and competent. :)Published 5 hours ago by L Steinman
I absolutely could not get through this book. If you want to fall asleep, read this one. After polling some coworkers, it was split on those who thought it was awful and those... Read morePublished 15 hours ago by H. Blaine
This book is very empowering. I learned alot from it and feel that it would be good to go back to it as I take new steps in my career.Published 1 day ago by Ive
Great reflections about what is holding us back from workplace equality, and how to address it.
Sandburg's writing is crystal clear.
Absolutely nothing new here. Statistics, factoids, opinions, plea for solutions and rallying the troops. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jill C Jesensky
Great book. The book afirms women in the business world need to lean in by speaking up and to make a difference for future business women. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Marilyn
You need to buy this book. I promise that it's not a book about how you can do it all if you can hire nannies, chefs and maids.Published 2 days ago by NewMom
Incredible inspirational book! Very encouraging. Helped me a lot while looking for a job to look carefully at what I wanted and needed and be happy with ny decision while asking... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Natalia Pilonieta
So much more than the title suggests. I recommend this to anyone who wants a more balanced and equal life, at home or at work.Published 4 days ago by Whitney