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Leadership Summit 2017: Sheryl Sandberg

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Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the company’s business operations. Prior to Facebook, she was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department. Sandberg is the best-selling author of Lean In. Her 2017 release, Option B, is an inspiring and practical book about finding resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.

  • I didn’t define myself as a leader for a long time…I was called bossy, I was told I was too aggressive…most young girls aren’t told to think of themselves as leaders
  • What we see ourselves becoming we often become, what we can’t see we can’t become
  • I wanted to work in tech because I believed tech could change the world.
  • I loved the mission of Google…
  • When you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship you don’t ask what seat, you just jump on
  • “Hire big” = Hire people with unbelievable skills and hire people you’re going to need even if you don’t need them yet
  • I would take someone with skills over experience
  • If people are willing to take the job they will make the job what they want it to be
  • It’s not fair to fire people without feedback, but move quickly if it’s the wrong job for them or they break the rules
  • Most organizations that fail, fail because of reasons everyone knows but no one says
  • Focus on results not on face time
  • It’s easy to say people are trying hard…the problem is you’re rewarding people for effort not results. Reward people for results not effort.
  • We try to make hero’s of effort, execution and failure, don’t sweep failure under the rug…learn from it
  • Women have 5% of fortune 500 jobs, women have less than 25% of congress roles and run only 11 countries
  • No one does anything alone…you need support

3 P’s – reasons why people don’t get through grief

  • Personalization: it’s all my fault
  • Pervasiveness: all areas of my life are wrong, everything is terrible
  • Permanence: it doesn’t feel like it will go away
  • Resilience = “our ability to overcome hardship and it is a muscle and we can build it”
  • Joy is something we have to look for
  • Post traumatic growth syndrome: growth that comes as a result of difficulty in our lives
  • Happiness is how we spend our days…it’s the small things
  • Word correlations…
    • Vision: Mark Z. I work with a visionary
    • Values: family
    • Leadership Development: Investment…we invest in people
  • Leaders get better by getting real feedback and getting people to tell you the truth
  • Who’s responsible for leadership development? It’s both. The institution needs to support it and individuals need to chase it.

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2 Responses to “Leadership Summit 2017: Sheryl Sandberg”

  1. Mike Kildal August 15, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    Thanks for taking (and posting) better notes than I took. Biggest take homes for me were Civility in the Workplace (Hybels), and Excellence (Stanley) ‘Wow!”

    • Paul Alexander August 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

      Glad too Mike! Glad to hear the notes were helpful!

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