Episode#43 – Lean in


by Sheryl Sandberg


The book in one sentence

Achieving fulfilment in your (private and professional) life by overcoming prejudices and social expectations.


My personal opinion

One of the books I recommend to many friends who want to progress their career but want to enjoy a healthy private life, too. Sheryl Sandberg shares a lot of great experiences from herself about achieving exactly this.

I like her advice about success in business: lifelong learning, approaching new situations or domains in a structured way in order to learn and contribute fast. Qualities I totally agree with.

But Lean In describes also the bad sides of today’s business world. The inequality between women and men is an important topic for Sheryl Sandberg and you will find in this book several stories showing how people are affected by this inequality and how they can overcame it.

I think it is important to learn more about the challenges some of us have to face in their life. Not only women exclusively. There are a lot of individuals, minorities, social groups who suffer from similar circumstances, prejudices and discrimination. Reading about it creates awareness and empathy. It changes how we think and how we deal with certain situations or when we observe something. Awareness and empathy are two important attitudes to be embraced by everyone that we all can have a happy and fulfilled life on the wonderful planet we share.

I am very happy that the companies I worked for are focusing on equality. Companies which valuing a diverse workforce and recognising the individual.


To whom I would recommend this book

This is a great book for everyone – women and men! A good read if you are looking for inspiration and impulses to balance your private and professional life.


What I learned from this book

  • “[…] knowing that things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better.”
  • Expectations by society, by the environment, our family and friends influence our view on what we can and should accomplish in life.
  • Speak up! Don’t silence yourself because you think it is the appropriate behaviour or because of the fear being disliked: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
  • “[…] it is your ability to learn quickly and contribute quickly that matters.”
  • “One of the things I tell people these days is that there is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do.”
  • “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”
  • Motivate and encourage others to put their hand up, to share their opinion and knowledge. And don’t forget to put your own hand up as well.
  • If you really want to change things, you cannot please everyone.
  • “When companies grow quickly, there are more things to do than there are people to do them. When companies grow more slowly or stop growing, there is less to do and too many people to not be doing them. Politics and stagnation set in, and everyone falters.”
  • Regarding a career opportunity, choose potential for fast growth and a company’s mission above the title you get.
  • “Asking for input is not a sign of weakness but often the first step to finding a path forward.”
  • “Done is better than perfect.”
  • “The best way to make room for both life and career is to make choices deliberately – to set limits and stick to them.”
  • You get paid for the quality of your work, not the hours you spend at the office.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask.


Want to read this book?

Check it out on Amazon.com – Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg



Thanks to the publisher for printing such a great book!

WH Allen