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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg

Other authors: Nell Scovell

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In "Lean In", Sheryl Sandberg -- Facebook COO and one of "Fortune" magazine's most powerful women in business -- looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale. She draws on her own experiences working in some of the world's most successful businesses, as well as academic research, to find practical answers to the problems facing women in the workplace.… (more)
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Love this book. Wish I had read it 30 years ago. ( )
  GigiB50 | Dec 18, 2023 |
A solid business book. I really liked the stats and personal stories on how Sheryl achieved success and especially who helped her getting where she is now. ( )
  kmaxat | Aug 26, 2023 |
I thought this book was beneath me: I could give an hour lecture on the problems facing the women's right movement today; this book was for women who didn't even know that they're feminists.

For years, as a woman doctor, I shied away from Women in Medicine groups, because having been a female computer scientist and facing the very overt sexism that occurs in the C.S. world, I thought that there was nothing to complain about in medicine. But the further I got in medicine, especially once I had my daughter, I realize all of the subtle ways that its there: the encouragement to leave before you leave; the lack of high-powered female mentors, and the overall relative dearth of women in leadership and highly academic positions. So I joined a national committee on women in medicine and science and at the same time I read this book.

And it's amazing. Sheryl Sandberg gives easy language for the problems I know we face: "sit at the table" for the confidence issues that professional women have; "lean in" and "don't leave before you leave" for the self-selection that occurs. She talks about the seductive message the feminism's work is done that leads to increasing amounts of this subversive sexism (which is the temporal equivalent of the same illusion I fell under switch from C.S. to medicine.) She addresses the hard issues: the linguist quirks that make women seem less confident and the social norms that prevent women from being assertive, both of which put women into a damned if you do/damned if you don't position.

But this is not just a book on contextualization. Sandberg gives concrete advice to women that is useful for women in all fields. She focuses on helping women become top business officers, but its helpful advice to anyone. And she does this without ignoring the importance of being a parent for women who want to parent -- and I think this part gets lost among the rhetoric for a lot of people. One of my close friends hates this book, because she says that Sandberg doesn't believe in the importance of mothering, but that's not a correct assertion. Sandberg spends many pages talking about how she decided to take from 5:30-bedtime off from work (offline, off everything) almost all nights because that's what's right for her family. She talks about a woman who joined the Biden administration but on the condition that she goes home for dinner every single night. This is advice on how to set your priorities and then make them happen -- dropping the hysteria that comes from assuming that in order to be successful, you have to make sacrifices on someone else's terms.

Sandberg makes it clear that you can't "have it all," but you can choose what you get to have, and I think that's the best message possible. ( )
  settingshadow | Aug 19, 2023 |
An easy quick read with some good insights into gender bias, providing work environments that are more accepting of diversity and giving everybody a voice. There are lots of good examples and practical advice. ( )
  gianouts | Jul 5, 2023 |
A book that focuses on gender equality, feminism, empowering women, with some other tips on career advancement/progression. You'll learn:
• Facts and anecdotes to understand why our world is still ruled primarily by men, and why we need more women in top leadership positions to make gender equality a reality;
• The range of external and internal barriers that limit women’s abiity to make real choices in life. These include: gender-related stereotypes, biases, social pressures, lack of organizational support, and women’s own fears and limiting beliefs.
• Specific strategies, approaches, and tips to overcome the obstacles to gender equality, build your career, and equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their gender.

Book Summary at: https://readingraphics.com/book-summary-lean-in-sheryl-sandberg/ ( )
  AngelaLamHF | Jul 4, 2023 |
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TO MY PARENTS for raising me to believe that anything is possible AND TO MY HUSBAND for making everything possible
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I got pregnant with my first child in the summer of 2004.
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I wish I were strong enough to ignore what others say, but experience tells me I often can't. Allowing myself to feel upset, even really upset, and then move on - that's something I can do.
One of the things he (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 do please everyone, you aren't making enough progress. Mark was right.
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In "Lean In", Sheryl Sandberg -- Facebook COO and one of "Fortune" magazine's most powerful women in business -- looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale. She draws on her own experiences working in some of the world's most successful businesses, as well as academic research, to find practical answers to the problems facing women in the workplace.

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Œuvrer pour que plus de femmes accèdent au pouvoir , qu'elles bénéficient des mêmes opportunités que les hommes , qu'elles osent s'affirmer et assumer leurs choix : autant de défis qu propose Sheryl Sandberg dans un livre percutant , plein d'énergie et d'humour , à partir de son expérience personnelle .
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