Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace

Lean Out is all about the positive outcomes of shifting our perspective, personally and professionally. It is honest and imperfect, it’s pivotal and inspiring. If you don’t fit in the archaic corporate system, write your own story!

Synopsis:

After 15 years at Google and Facebook, Marissa Orr (a single mom of three) decided to lean out from the corporate world after realizing that world was failing to meet her deepest human needs. Her book delves into the entrenched hierarchies, belief and reward systems, and the shortcomings of not modernizing our corporation systems in response to our evolving world.

Lean out doesn’t mean quit your job or check out mentally. It means leaning out of anyone else’s story of who you should be and what a successful career looks like.

— Marissa Orr

Review:

I read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg when I was pregnant and wanting to figure out where I would fit in the corporate world once I also had a child to raise. I liked the book at the time and gave it high marks. I wanted to lean in. I was ambitious and excited and yearning to make a mark on the world. Yet somehow, the promises and advice never quite fit my scenario. How did I fail to Lean In? After reading Lean Out by Marissa Orr, I realize that I failed to Lean In by Sandberg’s standards because that was HER story, and would never be mine. Orr’s book deconstructs the corporate mentality to shine light onto how leaning out from big business is a better fit for some people. It sure has been for me.

Marissa Orr balances the book well between personal anecdotes to illustrate her point, as well as research and outside opinions. Once in a while, the frustration of her past experiences carries through, which I feel detracts from her otherwise strong and credible work. The book is well researched and thoughtful, but a snarky tone can make readers think that there’s a personal vendetta behind the book.

Orr’s premise that the wage gap and gender gap problems won’t ever be solved until the outdated corporate systems get redefined with the needs and strengths of men AND women in mind are so logically simple. I have felt pressured to fit into the prescribed set of (male-dominated) ideals for what a ladder-climbing employee looks like, and I never felt like that was a fit for me. Now it makes sense.

Lean Out is all about the positive outcomes of shifting our perspective, personally and professionally. Now, if only the individuals in positions of power would actually read this and desire to shift power away from themselves toward a more harmonious system…that’s the ultimate conundrum! This is honest and imperfect, just like us. It’s pivotal and inspiring. It’s the answer (finally!) to the question of “Is it just me that doesn’t fit into the workforce as it stands?” No, it’s not just you. Write your own story!

Our systems must evolve, and until they do, they’re leaving a treasure of diverse talent on the table.

— Marissa Orr

Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace
by Marissa Orr
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by HarperCollins Leadership

Summary

Lean Out is all about the positive outcomes of shifting our perspective, personally and professionally. This is honest and imperfect, just like us. It's pivotal and inspiring. It's the answer (finally!) to the question of "Is it just me that doesn't fit into the workforce as it stands?" No, it's not just you. Write your own story!

— Cassie
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  • Astri

    December 1, 2019 at 4:43 am
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    Seems like a great book to fully know what you want, whether you should learn in or lean out on your job or anything, I […] Read MoreSeems like a great book to fully know what you want, whether you should learn in or lean out on your job or anything, I think! Read Less

    • Cassie
      to Astri

      December 8, 2019 at 2:57 am
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      Yes, it was really a refreshing read for any woman who hasn't felt a perfect fit in the corporate world!

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