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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Paperback – 6 Aug. 2015
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Lively, entertaining, urgent, and yes, even courageous … Lean In is both a radical read and incredibly accessible … While it’s obvious that women have much to gain from reading Sandberg’s book, so do men – perhaps even more so, Guardian
A brave book to write … direct, funny and critical, The Economist
The business manual of the year, The Times
Any woman should welcome Lean In as a guide to cracking the glass ceiling, Independent
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Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they'd feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in.
The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women's favour - of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business - draws on her own experience of working in some of the world's most successful businesses and 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.
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There were many unnecessary details and stories which were more than half the book.
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....
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Irrespective of gender, this book is a must read for everyone for a better future which is gender neutral and talent oriented.
It can be inspirational at times - but mostly for me it was very realistic and did not give any "gyaan" like suggestions or ideas.
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.
- sehr hilfreich beim Einstieg in den Beruf oder bei neuen Karriereschritten
- interssante Themen, die ein neues Licht auf Frau+Beruf werfen
- witzig geschrieben, immer mit einem Augenzwinkern
- Das Buch zieht sich irgendwann sehr in die Länge, da zwar thematisch geordnet, aber unstrukturiert Anekdoten aneinandergereit werden.
- Man kauft Sheryl Sandberg nicht wirklich ab, dass sie neben einer 70h-Woche noch so ein Buch schreibt...
Fazit: Es reicht auch zusammenfassend ihren Speech bei ted.com anzuschauen! ;-)
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.
Certes, on pourrait lui reprocher d'avoir une vie "facile" et les moyens de s'entourer mais le plus important est de se focaliser sur les messages qu'elle délivre qui sont clé pour avancer.
Le seul point manquant à mes yeux est la concurrence entre femmes. Sheryl Sandberg l'aborde mais il faudrait un livre entier sur le sujet tellement je pense que les femmes dans les entreprises sont peu solidaires entre elles, se font des misères et acceptent plus facilement le management/leadership des hommes...
I love how Sheryl admitted she cried at work and had some moments she wished she could take back. It made me feel human because I have cried at work in front of my boss because sometimes your emotions get the best of you. She made me feel like it wasnt going to ruin my career and I will be okay.
This book was inspiring to me and made me feel like I could make a difference.
Being a youngster I could not relate to few things since I think our previous generation have gone through that to make our life easier in some cases.
Overall a good book to read and understand the current work environment and how we can approach our colleagues and bosses in a better way to make difference to our careers.