Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 36 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 14, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #11,418 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#25 in Women in Business
#47 in Biographies of Business Leaders
#81 in Women & Business (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2019
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The author has lots of useful exercises sprinkled through the book, interspersed with her own personal stories about the struggles she had getting to a 50/50 balance at home. I also loved her perspective as a professional woman of color who isn't making so much money that she can afford to outsource everything (unlike Sheryl Sandberg). She talks about nitty gritty topics like meal prep, making time for exercise, and getting various kid chores done -- the things that most middle class moms need to deal with in addition to their careers.
What was especially eye-opening for me was the assertion that being "the perfect mom" is actually taking time away from making more meaningful contributions in life - both at work, and in personal pursuits. I've read this message in other places, but the way it was presented here really resonated for me as it wasn't JUST about "changing the world". She used an example that hit home - would she rather spend time making perfect Valentines for her kid's class, or use that time to read to him instead?
I think all women should read this - those who work outside the home and those who don't, and all husbands should, too. I think it's a great way to start the hard conversations between life partners about who does what and how that balance is playing out. I think subsequent readings of this book will reveal more insights, as will spending the time to carefully go through the exercises she mentions. Maybe the author could publish a companion workbook to fill out :)
This book perfectly captures the struggles of balancing work and home - and the guilt that you are spread too thin between the two to do either role justice. I think this book can apply to every person out there in some way, whether you are the person struggling or you are the partner that doesn't know how to help.
I have been suggesting the book to friends, family, and co-workers any chance I get. I think everyone needs to hear that it's okay to drop the ball a bit - especially after making it out of all the chaos the pandemic brought with it.
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Unfortunately, Mrs Dufu's answer seems to focus more on manipulating her husband and then just ignoring home tasks in favour of maintaining her shiny executive job, all while espousing how great her marriage is. I didn't see her dropping the ball by delegating in her work life at all, but she was happy to allow credit bills to pile up for months to prove a point? Bin an entire fridge worth of good food out of stubborn pride? While I admire her career success, those ones really niggled at me.
She also spends full chapters telling us her exact life story. A few anecdotes might have been acceptable, but every little detail of her religious upbringing became tiresome and I began skipping. In the end, I chose not to finish the final chapter. The entire book can be summed up in, only waste your energy on the things that matter and hope your partner is grown up enough to pick up the balls you drop in the process.
If someone could please come up with a book on fair distribution of mental and physical domestic labour that can be read by a couple together and resolve the overburdened spouse syndrome experienced by so many, that would be great. This is not it.
However, like Lean in, it is a text which likely won't resonate with those without a partner.