Author of ‘Lean In’, the way she lives

게시일: 2013. 4. 6.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg speaks April 5 at the W50 Summit at Harvard Business School. The summit was a two-day program focused on accelerating the advancement of women leaders who make a difference in the world.

Facebook의 COO, 저서 ‘Lean In’의 저자인 Sheryl Sandberg가 HBS (Harvard Business School)  연사로 초대되어 미국사회의 여성 리더의 부재와 여성들의 소극적 생활행태, 직장에서의 관행에 젖은 모습을 질타하며 강연을 하고 있다.  “기회의 평등성”을 주장하고, 가정에서나 직장에서나 여성 스스로 ‘성차별을 갖지말고 기회를 포착하여 당당히 리더가 되는 길을 선택하여 나가라”는 의미의 Lean In Together 라는 비영리교육단체까지 운영하는 그녀, 샌드버그가 구사하는 언어는 그녀의 강의 자세 만큼 어떠한 영화배우를 능가하는 화술과 표정과 강좌의 미학이라 할만큼의 개성이 드러난 매력적인 모습을 선보인다. 그러기에 그녀는 미국에서 오프라 윈프리와 같은 100대 영향력 있는 여성 리더인 것이다.

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셰릴 샌드버그는 미국의 기업인으로, 페이스북의 최고 운영 책임자다. 포보스에서 2012년 발표한 세계에서 가장 영향력 있는 여성에서 12위를 차지하였다. 위키백과
출생: 1969년 8월 28일 (46세), 미국 워싱턴 D.C.
배우자: 데이브 골드버그 (2004년–2015년), 브라이언 크라프 (1993년–1994년)
부모: 아델 샌드버그, 조엘 샌드버그
저서: 린 인
형제자매: 미셸 샌드버그, 데이빗 샌드버그
학력: 하버드 경영대학원 (1993년–1995년), 하버드 대학교 (1987년–1991년)

 

게시일: 2014. 5. 28.
Facebook COO, author and Harvard alumna Sheryl Sandberg ’91, M.B.A. ’95 addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 28, 2014 at Tercentenary Theatre.

For more information, visit http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/.

 

Sheryl Sandberg’s 5 Best ‘Lean In’ Tips For Women

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Sheryl Sandberg, the founder of leanin.org and author of “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” Courtesy of Leanin.org
Oh, my goodness. Talk about stirring up a flap.

You’ve no doubt heard that Sheryl Sandberg, the 43-year-old chief operating officer at Facebook and former Google executive, has written a provocative, buzzy book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.

The outspoken Sandberg tells women that they need to “lean in” at work and assert themselves more. Hit the accelerator, so to speak.

Relevant Advice for Women Over 50

Overall, I find her advice to be relevant for women in all stages of their careers, including those of us in our 50s and beyond, which I’ll explain in a bit.

She concedes that “critics will point out that it is much easier for me to lean in, since my financial resources allow me to afford any help I need,” referring to paying for nannies and the like. But, she adds, “my intention is to offer advice that would have been helpful to me long before I heard of Google or Facebook.”

(MORE: Male Entrepreneurs Can Learn a Lot From Women)

Her basic message: “More female leadership will lead to fairer treatment for all women,” she says.

Even with a message that sounds totally sensible, Sandberg has hit a tender spot, especially when it comes to the issue of combining work and family.

Critics Have Been Harsh

Commentators writing in places like The New York Times, The Washington Post and the blogosphere have launched into her “feminist” audacity and slapped Sandberg down for a wide range of misdeeds and elitism

 

I, too, initially felt a knee-jerk need to criticize Sandberg. She is smart, rich and successful. But I stopped myself.

I read her book, then watched and listened to her interviews on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America and NPR. (She also appears in the PBS documentary, Makers: Women Who Made America.)

Both in Lean In and her media appearances, I think Sandberg comes off as genuine and passionate, someone who has taken a risk to speak out concerning a problem she cares deeply about … because she can.

(MORE: Tips for Women Who Work With ‘Mean Girls’)

Where I Think Sandberg Erred

I do have one quibble, though.

Sandberg spends the lion’s share of her book on the challenges facing working women with young children. But the plight of women without kids in the workplace is virtually ignored, even though nearly 1 in 5 American women exits her childbearing years childless.

But since many of my friends and I have experienced quite a few of the career woes and setbacks that Sandberg discusses, I want to tell you about five steps Sandberg recommends and I endorse:

1. Be more open to taking career risks. Women tend to avoid stretch assignments and new challenges on the job, Sandberg says. They worry too much about whether they have the skills needed to take on a new, loftier role.

When offered an opportunity, they fall back on the excuse that they’re unfamiliar with that kind of work or it isn’t what they went to school for.

“At a certain point, it’s your ability to learn quickly and contribute quickly that matters,” Sandberg writes. “Women need to shift from thinking ‘I’m not ready to do that’ to thinking ‘I want to do that — and I’ll learn by doing it.’”

As More magazine editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour wrote in her blog post on Lean In, Sandberg is recommending women “grab for leadership roles even if we are only 60 percent certain we have the credentials for that step — because, after all, that is what men do.”

(MORE: Why Women Get Smaller Raises Than Men)

2. Skip the people pleasing. Sandberg confesses that during her first formal review at Facebook, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told her that her “desire to be liked by everyone” would hold her back.

When I asked one of my working mom friends who lives in a small South Carolina town what she learned from Lean In, she said: “It comes down to stepping up and being willing to lead, getting some confidence, pushing back on things, challenging others’ decisions.”

3. Visualize your career as a jungle gym, not a ladder. This is my favorite of Sandberg’s tips. (Maybe that’s because when I was growing up I loved playing on the jungle gym in our backyard.)

She attributes the analogy to Fortune editor-at-large Patricia Sellers, who heads up the magazine’s Most Powerful Women franchise.

To me, it’s a great image of the 21st-century career path. “Ladders are limiting,” Sandberg writes. “Jungle gyms offer more creative exploration. There are many ways to get to the top of a jungle gym. The ability to forge a unique path with occasional dips, detours and even dead ends presents a better chance for fulfillment.”

Next Avenue’s article, “Your Next Job Could Be a Lateral Move – on Your Way to the Top” offers strategic advice on the subject.

4. Allow yourself to fantasize about your career. “I believe everyone should have a long-term dream,” Sandberg writes. She also believes you should have an 18-month plan to pursue immediate workplace goals, like learning new skills.

In essence, Sandberg is saying, you need to constantly ask yourself, “What can I do to improve myself at work?”

“If I am afraid to do something,” she says, “it is usually because I am not good at it.”

5. Start a Lean-In circle. This is a peer group of eight to 10 women who meet monthly, offering one another encouragement and development ideas. Her Lean In website offersdownloadable circle kits that show you how to form and run one. There’s also a growing Lean In community, where women share their stories online through Sandberg’s site.

As I wrote recently in my Next Avenue post on career transition groups for women, gatherings like Lean In circles can provide a safe space to express fears and draw strength from one another.

When I asked one of my pals about the concept, she told me: “I have had this conversation with many of my professional friends and I would actually love to start a Lean In circle. But then I get the same response from everyone, ‘I would love to, but who has the time?’”

But, as another friend said, “Isn’t that really what the problem is to begin with?”

She’s right.

Kerry Hannon has spent more than 25 years covering personal finance for Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report and USA Today. Her website is kerryhannon.com. Follow her on Twitter @kerryhannon.

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