The next book to review will be Lean In by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. In her book, released in March 2013, Sandberg discusses why women are underrepresented in the top echelons of business and company leadership (spoiler alert: it’s not all just because of “them”). Sandberg cites numerous examples and personal experiences to illustrate that women and men are perceived differently in the workplace and how that perception affects their own behavior. Check back on Friday, September 27th, for the full review.
Full disclosure: I recently completed my Active Duty service as a Naval Officer and am “leaning out” of the workforce to pursue other personal and professional goals. While I have found a lot of sound wisdom in Lean In so far, I also know that my experiences and choices will influence my interpretation of this book. Please remember that each person reading does so from within their own circumstances. Opinions can be different, not wrong. I can’t wait to hear from others who have taken their own unique path in pursuit of their individual goals.
Some questions to consider while reading:
– Have you made sacrifices for your career? What influenced you to make the choices that you did?
– Have you seen men and women treated differently in your workplace? What was the reaction of the individuals involved? What was the reaction of other employees?
– What is your definition of “success”? Describe a successful woman. Describe a successful man. Are the descriptions similar or different?
– How do you take care of household chores in your home? Do work schedules and requirements dictate chore assignments?
– What is your dream job? If you don’t have it yet, is it your goal? Why or why not?
– List obstacles to achieving success. How many are self-imposed?