I just finished the recent New Yorker profile about Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. This led me to her recent talk at TEDWomen, which was focused on women, leadership and the sad lack of women in the C-Suite. She dives into this complication, sharing interesting data, anecdotal experience and offers three pieces of practical advice for working women today.
Sandberg is an insightful, smart and savvy speaker. She is open and honest. She shares personal and professional anecdotes about both dealing with the guilt of leaving your crying baby behind as you head off to work, but reveling in sitting and negotiating hard at a table of men, doing work she loves. I want to hear more from her. If the opportunity arises, I will absolutely go to listen to her in a public forum.
As a coach, I found her physically contained on stage, restricted in her movements. Was it the stiletto heels? I think so. I don’t see any inconsistency between feminism and fashion, but I would have encouraged her to wear heels that gave her more physical grounding on the platform. This talk is 15 minutes. Enjoy and learn.
“Success and likability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women.” Sheryl Sandberg