Friday, March 15, 2013
...who is ambitious enough to climb corporate ladders and determined enough to overcome the internal & external obstacles she faces to reach to the Top.
43 year old, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's new book titled Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is a mix of many things -- it's a journey through her own life from being an aerobic instructor in 1980s to being at the top of Corporate hierarchy in 2000s (moved from Google to Facebook in 2008); to her views on what working women should be like and what they should be aspiring for. Sandberg who herself had to face many of the issues which most working women face in their work and personal lives wants the working women to aspire for more and just not accept the usual notions and stereotypes, the society makes for them.
Some views: The book just launched this Monday. Thus any views about the book you can read right now, are more or less affected by the personality of the Sandberg. That's how the world sees her. Because of this, many critics have called the book, a super rich and powerful woman's agenda to change the direction of feminism. Some called it an attempt at personal branding. This may or may not be true. For instance, the book shares Sandberg's desire to establish the Economic equality between genders and how a working woman should demand equality at Home and Work. But the book also comments on why Women shouldn't treat their gender as a tool to get special treatment for them. In her opinion, women have reached a point much beyond that. And the time is to ''Lean In" -- that is pushing past fear.
About the Book:
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by: Sheryl Sandberg
publisher: Knopf, published: 2013-03-12
sales rank: 1
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.