December 13, 2017

Review: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

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Lean In

Many of you are probably aware that Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, recently released a book called Lean In about women, work, and the will to lead. I highly recommend you read it. Back in March I went and saw Sheryl Sandberg speak at The Writer’s Guild in West Hollywood in support of this new book. It was a great experience.

As a female who has worked in the tech industry for the past 10 years, I was compelled to attend her speech. I purchased her book onsite at the event and read it quickly. I had a lot of thoughts on the book. Here are my some of my biggest takeaways from the book:

  • I love that Sheryl Sandberg is bringing the subject of women in the workplace to light. Many women feel like they can’t have it all and balance a successful career and a family at the same time. They think that one area of their life will suffer but that is not true. I love that Sheryl Sandberg is starting this conversation and empowering women to say yes they can have it all. Someone has to. And she’s a great person to get this message across. It’s important. 
  • On the flip side, I think this book may not be relatable to all women because they are not in the same high powered executive role like Sandberg. Yes, it’s easy for her to pump while she’s on conference calls because she has her own office. And she can create maternity parking spaces because she’s at an executive level and can and should be the one to raise this point. But what about the rest of women? What do they do? Do they speak up? Not everyone is as willing to listen in other workplace environments.
  • Women need to come together and support each other in the workplace. The stereotypes of women being bossy (and dare I say it – b****y) in the workplace often tend to be true. Why is that? We should all be coming together not working against each other. I am happy Sandberg brings up this point. I am all about girl power so bring it on!
  • She talks about shared responsibilities and chores with your spouse around the house. I love this. My husband and I share most of our household responsibilities and I love that she makes a point to bring this up.

What about you? Have you read Sheryl Sandberg’s book? What are your thoughts on the Lean In Movement?

About Lindsay

I am a Digital Marketing Consultant based out of Los Angeles, CA specializing in Online Marketing Strategy, Social Media, and Website Design & Development. I own several niche blogs centered around topics I enjoy and am passionate about.

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