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Lean in for Graduates

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In 2013 47 year old Sheryl Sandberg the COO of Facebook published ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead’ which went on to become a best seller, selling more than a million copies. The book marked her as an author and earned her recognition not just as a technology executive, but also as an activist. More importantly, the book started a discourse on the lack of women in business leadership positions and feminism in the workplace. 

Now ‘Lean In For Graduates’ offers first timers practical advice on how to enter the job market and succeed. Unlike the first book it is a far cry from just being a rallying call to arms for women in business suits. As the title suggests all fresh graduates can pick up helpful hints from what’s inside the pages.

Some of the new book’s notable sections are where advice is given by prominent experts on essentials like resume writing, preparing for interviews, salary negotiation. Readers can find top guidance from the likes of executive coach Mindy Levy, compensation expert Kim Keating and author Rachel Simmons. Identity politics and gender equality in the workplace are also discussed in length by well-known business leaders Mellody Hobson and Kunal Modi. 

Facts and figures are one thing, but Sandberg goes beyond that making the book more than just a pep talk, using her personal life as a blueprint to talk about the issues faced by the working woman and how her own decisions have affected her career, and her family.

She manages to skillfully weave personal anecdotes, hard data, and sound research into a compelling narrative while never losing focus on how gender roles play out in the professional world and the specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment.

First time job seekers can find a lot of inspiration in ‘Lean In For Graduates’ while, on a broader level, the book challenges old notions, specifically in the workplace.

Page    :    406 pages
Published Date    :    April, 2014
Publisher    :    Knopf

10 Notable Quotes from Sheryl Sandberg
1. What would you do if you weren't afraid?
2. Done is better than perfect.
3. In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.
4. We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.
5. There is no perfect fit when you're looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.
6. Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.
7. Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
8. Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
9. There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.
10. If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on.

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