Saturday, March 30, 2013

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Weekly Trip to the Library
Review By Polly Psi

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Leadis part-auto biography, part self-help guide, part career advice, and part new feminist manifesto. In this provocative, well-documented and readable book, Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook, chronicles her experiences and her advice as a corporate leader. It is a great read for all working women.

This book emanates from a speech given by the author entitled, "Why we have too few women leader." With this background, as you would expect, there is a focus on the inequalities in leadership positions for women in corporate America. Indeed, Sandberg urges women to be active, to be aggressive, to occupy their rightful place at the executive desk, to seek challenges and to take risks.

She also tackles the complexities and complications of juggling a career and a family. Sandberg explains what worked for her which consisted of negotiating mutually satisfactory compromises with her family and her families. She urges women to set their own goals and boundaries. And she calls for societal changes and changes to the business culture to accommodate women.

Is any of this of value to nannies? Definitely. You are the CEO, CFO, and COO of your own life, in attitude and in action. Especially compelling is her cry to pursue your goals with gusto and perseverance.

Of interest also to the nanny is that this book may provide insight into the mind of your Mom Boss and her anxieties. Good stuff to know if your goal is to be the best nanny. Read the book and use what works for you at your point in life.

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