Facebook had long been criticized for not having any of the females in its board of directors. Well, Facebook has finally decided to do away at least with this stigma. According to news reports, On Monday, Facebook’s dream girl; Sheryl Sandberg has been finally ascended to its Board of Directors.
Sheryl Sandberg has been working as Chief Operating Officer since 2008 and handled all the chores related to sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. During her tenure, Facebook rose up from US $ 150 million to US 104 billion IPO valuation. At 43, she has grown rather more prolific and has become billion dollar brain in the Silicon Valley and it isn’t over yet.
Earlier Facebook’s bench of directors was quite same as any men’s club but with Sandberg it would get more effective. Existing board members are:
- Mark Zuckerberg; Founder and CEO
- Marc L. Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz
- Erskine B. Bowles, President Emeritus, University of North Carolina system
- James W. Breyer, Accel Partners
- Donald E. Graham, Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
- Reed Hastings, Chairman and CEO, Netflix
- Peter A. Thiel, Founders Fund
Facebook’s public mate, Mark Zuckerberg, in a press statement said, ‘Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years’. He added, ‘Her understanding of our mission and long-term opportunity, and her experience both at Facebook and on public company boards makes her a natural fit for our board’.
Key Motivational Lessons From Sheryl’s Career
Undoubtedly, Sheryl is one of the world’s only self-made tens of billions dollars worth lady. It’s been reported that she got paid $30.87 million last year, thus became the most highly compensated employee of the company in 2011. Apart from that, with her 27 million shares, 25 million restricted stock units vested included and above 14 million unvested units excluded, she will have $1.6 billion paper fortune by the end of 2012.
There are some career insights that Sheryl has often shared at her public speeches and interviews. So it’d be million dollar experience to read them as well, particularly for ladies.
Do work with weird but brilliant person:
This is the most inspiring and motivational lesson derived from Sheryl’s career profile. She, quite confidently, says that don’t ever be afraid of working with weird people provided that they are brilliant and visionary.
Not everyone likes to work with Mark Zuckerberg. He’s got quite flaky taste, never suitable for corporate identities. He can slit throats of big animals, can cut a deal to acquire other businesses at inflated rates even without consulting his other members of the board and can even wear hoodie while meeting with his investors. He’s weird.
But Sheryl left the then world’s top firm Google and decided to stand for Facebook. Zuckerberg-Sandberg tag team has been so successful that they increased their revenues from $150 million to $4 billion in just 3 years.
Don’t be afraid to leave at 5.30 from work
If you are confident that you are doing great job, don’t be afraid to sign off at 5.30 from your office. Earlier at Google, she did it regularly and now at Facebook too, she is doing same. Being a mother since 2005, it was only last year when she made her exit time publicly known.
Sheryl says that her leaving work at not dead late time would encourage other male and female workers to be confident enough to follow her suit.
Achievement Gap and Ambition Gap:
Sheryl is of the view that mediocrity spurs only from ambition gap. She says that people, especially women must really lean deeper into their careers and stay determined to hold on work force. Achievements don’t come by miracles; only high ambitions drive you the way to achievements.
Don’t ever leave your job before you leave:
Common work force never really gets its head into the work as it always feels leaving the job at some suitable time. This never allows employees to work passionately. In case of ladies, they never tend to work with the sweat of their brows as they keep themselves assured that some day they would drop of their career at the behest of their family life.
Sheryl says not to leave job even a single day before you leave it practically. Keep determined and dedicated to your job as long as you are on the floor.
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