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Sheryl Sandberg on TED

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

In a speech for TED, the chief operating officer of Facebook and former Vice-President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, Sheryl Sandberg, raises some interesting points about why men rise to the top in so many organizations and governments. Her speech is particularly interesting since she tries to look inside instead of blaming the usual “unequal society where women are just victims”. For instance, she talks about how women tend to attribute their success to external sources and men tend to attribute their success to themselves. How can you advance your career if you tell your employer that the great success you had was because of someone else?

Yes, Sheryl Sandberg is a brilliant woman as well as a productive and capable leader. I found her speech very inspiring and absorbing. You truly feel that she believes in what she says, by using amusing anecdotes that happened to her, she shows that even in the highest elite of the society- between Washington and Wall street- men keep forgeting the equality both gender deserve. I also thought her message was clear, intense and powerful. Women- in general- need to be more combative and go after what they want to find the opportunities and take them. “Work hard, stick with what you like, and don’t let go”.

Out of 190 heads of state; 9 are women.

Of all the people in parliament in the world, 13% are women.

 In the corporate sector, women at the top (C-level jobs, board seats) tops out at 15- 16 %.

Sit at the table. She said that 57% of men entering the workforce negotiate their salaries, but that only 7% of women do likewise.

Make sure your partner is a real partner. On average, she said (at home) women do 2/3 of the housework and 3/4 of the child care.

Don’t leave before you leave. When a woman starts thinking of having children, “she doesn’t raise her hand anymore. . . . She starts leaning back.” In other words, if women don’t get the job they want before they take a break to have children, they often don’t come back.

When you blame someone else for keeping you back, you are accepting your powerlessness.

Before speaking at TED, Sandberg sent a draft of her speech to Gloria Steinem, who is a friend. Steinem described it to me as “terrific,” a “summary of what we both want—a world where half of homes are run by men, especially raising children, and half our institutions are run by women, especially armies.”

Source: The New Yorker- A Woman’s Place: Can Sheryl Sandberg upend Silicon Valley’s male-dominated culture? by Ken Auletta July 11, 2011

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