„Lean in“: Sheryl Sandberg offers encouraging advice for working mums (D/E)

Im Online-Magazin WIRED schreibt Alexandra Chang heute eine in meinen Augen gut austarierte Buchkritik über das frischgedruckte und bereits heftig diskutierte Buch von Sheryl Sandberg, „Lean in“. Ich bin nun recht neugierig auf das komplette Buch – die deutsche Fassung soll übrigens am 19. April 2013 auf den Markt kommen.

Sandberg ist Mitbegründerin von Google und Facebook, 43 Jahre alt und Mutter von zwei Kindern. Die Amerikanerin ist eine der erfolgreichsten Karrierefrauen der USA. In ihrem Buch „Lean in: Frauen und der Wille zum Erfolg“ ermutigt sie andere Frauen und Mütter, sich eine Karriere zuzutrauen und entlarvt typische Fallen.

Ich habe unten Auszüge aus Chang-Artikel „reblogged“, den kompletten Text findet ihr unter diesem Link:

http://www.wired.com/business/2013/03/lean-in-to-sheryl-sandbergs-book/

Alexandra Chang schreibt: „To get a sense of how I reacted to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, look no further than the stars and exclamation points that fill the margins of my review copy.

The first of these appears next to a paragraph where Sandberg details the divergent cultural messages directed at boys versus girls. Girls are often, blatantly, encouraged to be “pretty,” Sandberg explains, while smarts and leadership are left to the boys.

“When a girl tries to lead, she is often labeled bossy,” she writes. “Boys are seldom bossy because a boy taking the role of a boss does not surprise or offend.” This small remark had me spinning. Not because I didn’t agree, but because, as someone who, like Sandberg, has been called bossy her whole life, I was shocked I hadn’t realized this before.

This is Lean In‘s virtue. Sandberg’s “sort of feminist manifesto,” released on Monday, is at its best when it shines a light on sexism’s shadowy, more hidden nooks. Another key strength is the advice Sandberg offers, informed by her indisputably remarkable rise through the ranks of politics and business, that you can actually act on.

To be sure, the book is absolutely not a one-size-fits-all commentary on contemporary gender dynamics, and Sandberg says as much in the book’s introduction. Honestly, it would be silly to expect that from Lean In, or any one individual’s personal take on gender issues, for that matter. What Lean In does provide is a broad gloss on how women, mostly in America, fare in the workplace — depressing statistic after depressing statistic — along with insight into how Sandberg reached her current position and her takeaways from her journey to the top. (…)

But Sandberg goes beyond studies to anchor her narrative with personal stories. She describes watching both women and men demean successful women as “too aggressive” or “a bit political.” And she admits to an epiphany when a female superior turned out to be unhelpful. That she took it so personally, Sandberg writes, was due to her then-unexamined expectation, fostered by the same unequal assumptions about gender in the workplace decried by her book, that this woman ought to be more helpful and nurturing than her male counterparts.

 

Most working women will find Sandberg’s stories incredibly relatable. What woman hasn’t wrestled with self-doubt? With fear of sitting at the table or raising her hand? I can’t even count the number of times I’ve entered a big meeting room only to sit along the edge of the wall — and not because I was late and there was nowhere else to sit. Or how often I’ve listened to female friends bemoan their position at work, only to scoff at the idea of asking for more responsibilities or a promotion. (…)

The only, truly cringe-inducing section of Sandberg’s book is the advice that follows on how women should negotiate. It involves a lot of smiling, using the word “we” instead of “I,” expressing appreciation to your bosses, and more such lady-like behavior. And did I mention, more smiling?

But Sandberg’s approach is far from tough-love, victim-blaming. She acknowledges the many historical, social and political barriers that women face. (…)

Sandberg has come under attack from critics who say her advice is all well and good for anyone in the privileged position of a billionaire executive but fails to address the realities faced by the rest of us. (…)

To her credit, Sandberg predicted the backlash in the very beginning of Lean In. “I have heard these criticisms in the past and I know that I will hear them — and others — in the future,” she writes. “My hope is that my message will be judged on its merits.” This awareness in itself doesn’t make the book immune from criticism. But among its merits is the way Sandberg doesn’t shy away from describing her own struggles to take risks at work, to ask for what she wants, to negotiate, to find an equal partner. We may not all enjoy Sandberg-level status or wealth. But so many of us can relate to the challenge of the climb, no matter where we’re trying to get.“

Source for picture and article: http://www.wired.com/business/2013/03/lean-in-to-sheryl-sandbergs-book/

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  1. Das Buch klingt sehr spannend, ich kenne diese Themen supergut aus meiner Arbeit mit Frauen. Ich freu´ mich schon drauf, das Buch zu lesen!

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