Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
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Listen. In every office you hear the threads of love and joy and fear and guilt, the cries for celebration and reassurance, and somehow you know that connecting those threads is what you are supposed to do and business takes care of itself. The words above were written by James A. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg; Alfred A. Knopf, 240 pages, $24. 95, Hardcover; March 2013, ISBN 9780385349949 The COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg is one of the most powerful women in business, and as such is a leader not only at the top of her organization, but also to other women in business. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Can’t Buy Me Like: How Authentic Customer Connections Drive Superior Results by Bob Garfield & Doug Levy, Portfolio, 229 pages, $25. 95, Hardcover, March 2013, ISBN 9781591845775 It’s a lousy cliché, but the instruction to “be yourself” is becoming an essential modus operandi for today’s successful marketers. When social media arrived on the radars of advertisers and marketers, many said, “Oh goody, new media to purchase,” and quickly filled up the cheap new real estate with the same old message: “We are great! READ FULL DESCRIPTION
A pointed question from Jane McGonigal led our General Manager, Sally Haldorson, to take a closer look at the underlying bias against women authors in the business genre. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
We wrap up our Thinker in Residence with Adam Grant by asking him what unanswered question he has about business, and what books have inspired him in the work he does. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Over the course of this week, we will be posting the shortlist selections for our 8 business book categories: General Business, Leadership, Management, Innovation/Creativity, Small Business/Entrepreneurship, Marketing/Sales, Personal Development, Finance. On Monday, December 16th, we'll announce the 8 category winners! In early January, the overall winner of the 2013 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards will be awarded, so stay tuned to The Daily Blog for all the good news. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
The Financial Times has announced the shortlist for their annual business book award, co-sponsored with Goldman Sachs. The have narrowed the field to six: The Alchemists: Thee Central Bankers and a World On Fire by Neil Irwin, The Penguin Press Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy by Iain Martin, Simon and Schuster (not yet released in the U. S. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
The Financial Times & Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year longlist has been announced. It is, as Andrew Hill of the FT writes, a reading list that mixes low deeds and high hopes (registration required). The list includes: After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead by Alan Blinder, The Penguin Press The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire by Neil Irwin, The Penguin Press Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger & Kenneth Cukier, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The Billionaire’s Apprentice: The Rise of The Indian-American Elite and The Fall of The Galleon Hedge Fund by Anita Raghavan, Business Plus The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business by Rita Gunther McGrath, Harvard Business Review Press The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím, Basic Books The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone, Little Brown and Company Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant, Viking Books The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton, Princeton University Press How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region by Joe Studwell, Grove Press Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf Publishing Group Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy by Iain Martin, Simon and Schuster (I don't see that this is being released in the U. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Sandberg--Facebook COO, ranked eighth on "Fortune"'s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business--has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders. She urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged.
From the Publisher:
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.