Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, And The Workplace by Marissa OrrLean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, And The Workplace by Marissa Orr

Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, And The Workplace

byMarissa Orr

Hardcover | June 11, 2019

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Girl gangs reigning terror at Facebook, narcissistic overlords at Google . . . this is the backdrop of Lean Out, which takes readers on the journey of Marissa Orr, a single mom of three trying to find success in her fifteen-year career at the world’s top tech giants. Orr delivers an ambitious attempt to answer the critical question: What have we gotten wrong about women at work? 

“This book is a must-read for insights on the impact that reversing systemic gender biases can have on creating more diverse, healthier workplaces for both women and men.”

--Joanne Harrell, Senior Director, USA Citizenship, Microsoft

 “This book will make you think differently about what it will take for women to succeed at the highest levels in American business.”

--Rishad Tobaccowala, Chief Growth Officer, Publicis Groupe

Lean Out offers a new and refreshingly candid perspective on what it’s really like for today’s corporate underdogs. Based on both in-depth research and personal experiences, Orr punctures a gaping hole in today’s feminist rhetoric and sews it back up with compelling new arguments for the reasons more women don’t make it to the top and how companies can better incentivize women by actually listening to what they have to say and by rewarding the traits that make them successful.

 In Lean Out, Orr uncovers:

  • Why our pursuit to close the gender gap has come at the expense of female well-being.
  • The need to redefine success and change the way corporations choose their leaders.
  • The way most career advice books targeting professional women seek to change their behavior rather than the system.
  • Why modern feminism has failed to make any progress on its goals for equality.

More than fifty years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act, the wage gap still hovers at 80 percent, and only 5 percent of CEOs in the Fortune 500 are women. Today, rising up the ranks in many companies still often means cutthroat, win-at-all-costs tactics, where being the loudest voice in the room is more important than being the person with the best ideas for moving the company forward. Not surprisingly, most women don’t want to play this game.

 An everyday working woman with a sardonic sense of humor, Orr is an endearing antihero who captures the voice for a new generation of women at work. Lean Out presents a revolutionary path forward, to change the life trajectories of women in the corporate world and beyond.

Marissa Orr spent 15 years working at today’s top tech giants, Google and Facebook. She has conducted talks for thousands of people in the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, at companies and universities such as Google, Twitter, Pace University, New School, American Express, and more. Originally from Miami, Orr received her Masters degree i...
Title:Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, And The WorkplaceFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:240 pages, 9.3 × 6.2 × 0.86 inShipping dimensions:9.3 × 6.2 × 0.86 inPublished:June 11, 2019Publisher:HarperCollins LeadershipLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1595557563

ISBN - 13:9781595557568


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lean Out helped me make sense of my experience as a woman in the workplace When I read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In a few years ago, I wanted to cry, rage and throw the book across the room. It made me feel irrelevant, odd, and lazy because I don’t care to have a big career where I bust my ass 12 hours a day in profit-serving work that would infest my life like a non-native species were I to rest for a minute from beating back the incessant demands of a modern career. On the other hand, when I read Marissa Orr's Lean Out, an open response to Sheryl Sandberg's book, I shed a tear while turning pages. But this time my tears were for a completely different reason. I felt recognized, heard, and validated. I was blown away by the distinction between the type of power that uses authority and the type that uses influence. It helped me see why I've never once been promoted. Truth is, though I did apply for some over the years, I've never deep-down wanted a promotion. All women in the workplace should understand the distinction between authority and influence. All men should understand it too. There are many men who are great at what they do but aren't attracted to the move up the ladder because authority-driven organizations can become petty, political snake pits. But it's people at the top who should really understand the distinction and think about how they can better reward people who wield positive influence in the workplace. Orr argues that the whole system has to change, and she gives some practical ideas.
Date published: 2019-07-23

Editorial Reviews

'I wish I had the clarity I found in Lean Out earlier in my career. This book is a game changer and a must read for every young woman (and man) starting their career.' --Ali Spain, Executive Director, Microsoft Alumni Network