Lean In

Friends. Don’t fall over but I have three posts scheduled this week. Three!  I seem to be getting into the groove at the new gig, and I’m settling in nicely.  It certainly feels good to be back in the blogging saddle again.

This post has actually nothing to do with our regularly scheduled programming. It’s about a book that you all must read. I’m sure most of you have heard of it before, and some of you have probably already read it. “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. I finished each chapter feeling like I wasn’t alone in my fears and challenges in the working world. Sheryl shares personal stories, fascinating data, and calls for us to take charge of our careers. But she does so in a way that is extremely relatable, which is somewhat hard to believe, given the fact that she’s worth millions of dollars and one of the most powerful woman in the world today.

Particular points that especially resonated with me were “don’t leave before you leave” and “sit at the table.” I won’t spoil the fun for the folks that haven’t read the book, but these simple phrases have big-time meanings that can truly change the way you work and view your career path. “Lean In” also came at the perfect time in my life, as I’d just accepted my new position at Schoolhouse Electric. It made me think really, really hard about the kind of employee, boss, and woman I want to be in the workforce.


I’ve already lent my copy out to a pal, but when it I get it back, it’s up for grabs again. Any takers? With a little work (okay, maybe a lot of work) and a new mindset, I absolutely believe big things are in store for our generation of women.

7 thoughts on “Lean In

  1. HMC Said:

    I finished reading this not too long ago md it was perfect timing with me heading back to work after Maternity leave! You nail it about how personal it is from someone so powerful! And I’m glad she admitted to crying and that it is okay!

  2. Yvonne @ Dress This Nest Said:

    I would LOVE to be the next on the list to borrow this book. Sounds like a great read! I would also recommend reading “Think” by Lisa Bloom, which is all about empowering women in our modern world. So excited for your posts this week. I have missed them.

  3. Ashley Said:

    I keep hearing good things about this book! I’ve got a giftcard burning a hole in my pocket so I think I’m going to have to pick it up.

  4. Pamela Said:

    I have heard mixed reviews, but I think you have convinced me to read!

    P.S. I am going be in Portland for my FIRST TIME in May – for work of course, but any cool places to see/visit? I would buy everything from Schoolhouse, but I can’t fit in my suitcase :)

  5. Mandy Knapp Riggar: Vanillawood Said:

    I was JUST thinking how I needed a new book to read and I like books that get me thinking, such as this one. Can’t wait to check it out. Thanks for the advice! xo

  6. casacaudill Said:

    My group of peers is pretty split on this one – half felt like it changed the way they approach their professional lives, and the other half felt like the advice was all well and good, but not really practical for someone in their positions/roles.

  7. Kandace Said:

    I’m reading this too. Love it! It really makes you think about how we limit ourselves more than others do. Yes, there are limits and discrimination that sometimes is very subtle but it’s there. I’m single, 34 and who knows what is next but women will tell me not to take a higher position b/c it will be hard with kids. Ummmm, I’m single. Why should I stop my career now? Worth at least a read.


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