Aug 202013

Lean In.
Sheryl Sandberg.
Google Books

Two chapters into this book and I have ordered a hard copy for my 16 year-old daughter. I probably should gets a copy for each of my older daughters but hopefully they will share.

This book is probably just as important for my boys to read too.

Womens’ rights have helped us come a long way but as a guy I am naturally oblivious to “women’s issues”. So far the book as opened my eyes to how women see themselves, from self-denigration to being deferential, giving men, who seem to lack that quality the slight lead necessary to dominate the business world. By knowing the obstacles out there, both real and self-imposed, my daughters will have a better chance to overcome them.

Book Info

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
by Sheryl Sandberg
Publisher: Knopf
Published: 03/11/2013
ISBN-10: 0385349947
ISBN-13: 978-0385349949
Started: 08/20/2013
Source: Library
Reason: New York Times Best Seller & I saw it on a recommended book list that I now cannot find
Format: e-book

Publisher Synopsis

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.”  She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.

Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.

Author Info
Sheryl Kara Sandberg (born August 28, 1969) is an American businesswoman who, as of August 2013, is the chief operating officer of Facebook. In June 2012, she was also elected to the board of directors by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on Facebook's board. Before Facebook, Sandberg was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, and was involved in launching Google's philanthropic arm Before Google, Sandberg served as chief of staff for the United States Secretary of the Treasury. In 2012 she was named in the Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world according to Time magazine. As of August 2013, Sandberg is reported to be worth US$400 million. via Wikipedia

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