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Sheryl Sandberg at HBS

Great speech by Sheryl at HBS. The speech on video is a must watch.

some of the points i really like and relate to.

Get on a rocket ship. When companies are growing quickly and they are having a lot of impact, careers take care of themselves. And when companies aren’t growing quickly or their missions don’t matter as much, that’s when stagnation and politics come in. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.

My personal experience: That was the difference working at Intel from 1991 to 1999 and 2000 to 2005. The company grew in revenue and stock splits, there was so much to do and everyone was busy. From 2000-2005 the politics started, the politicians did better than the performers. Note Intel is still a very cash rich company, it was just not a growth company anymore. As managers you should be able to credit performers and not politicians, very key to get the most out of employees.

Lori has a great metaphor for careers. She says they’re not a ladder; they’re a jungle gym. As you start your post-HBS career, look for opportunities, look for growth, look for impact, look for mission. Move sideways, move down, move on, move off. Build your skills, not your resume. Evaluate what you can do, not the title they’re going to give you. Do real work. Take a sales quota, a line role, an ops job, don’t plan too much, and don’t expect a direct climb. If I had mapped out my career when I was sitting where you are, I would have missed my career.

My take: Lot of people worry about their compensation, position and want to capitalize on their past.  What matters in the long run is the flexibility to keep learning, take on new roles, move to new locations and ensure everyday you are adding value. Not resting on your past glory. Judge yourself by the value you can add.

Make the effort to speak as well as seek the truth and that you remain true to and open about your authentic self.

My take: Time catches up with you. You just cannot fool all the people all the time.

great speech the video and transcript  is here  >>>>>

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