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.