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Hands down my favorite book of the entire year is Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. Having read all of the early buzz (and criticism) surrounding Lean In, I made it my business to buy a copy, and I have been recommending it to friends and family ever since. It is not only a personal narrative/journey about a talented and determined woman. It is also a manifesto for any woman ambitious enough to dream about a career while doing what is necessary to achieve her dream. The book is inspirational, motivational, and practical. If you have not read Lean In, it is not too late to add it to your summer reading list.
If you don’t believe me, here is a great review from The Purpose of Work about Sandberg’s book. You can also get great insight directly from Sheryl Sandberg through her Makers profile. Makers is an initiative sponsored by PBS and AOL. tlb
It has been hailed as a turning point in the feminist debate. It has also been written off as an apology for Big Business. And everything in-between. Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead has created the media whirlwind that its author intended in her quest to disrupt the status quo.
One hesitates to add yet more words to those column inches. But there’s an important connection that seems to have been overlooked. It’s why this fine book is ultimately flawed.
And it is a fine book. Sandberg may be wildly rich, absurdly well-connected and bossy – but it’s easy to like her [just watch her TED talk]. She’s clever and sincere and kind and, in some places, LOL funny. And she’s trying to be a peacemaker: “The gender wars need an immediate and lasting peace”, she writes.
Lean In is helpful. It abounds with nudges…
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