4 Career Tips For Women From Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg

Powerwoman of the week Sheryl Sandberg is one of the youngest billionaires in the world and the COO of the biggest community website Facebook. She attended Harvard where she did a study in economics and graduated summa cum laude in 1991.

She is a well-known activist for gender equality and in her book ‘Lean In’ she shares personal stories and gives women practical advice on how to achieve our goals. She shifts the ‘What women can’t do?’ to a ‘What women can do!’ and explores how women are held back and how we are holding ourselves back.

We love watching interviews of this powerwoman and she motivates and inspires us to get more out of our lives. This book is definitely one that every Career Girl should read and we already give you 4 tips Sheryl gives us in her book ‘Lean In’.

#1 – Start a lean-in circle

Women empowering women! The ‘lean-in circle’ is a monthly meeting for a small group of girls where you can empower and encourage each other, share stories, develop ideas for you business or work, learn and grow together.

#2 -Stop the people pleasing

Your desire to be liked by everyone will hold you back. In real life, not everyone will like you, so if you want to build the career you want: stop the people pleasing.

#3 – Visualize your career as a jungle gym, not a ladder

“Ladders are limiting, jungle gyms offer more creative exploration. There are many ways to get to the top of a jungle gym. The ability to forge a unique path with occasional dips, detours and even dead ends presents a better chance for fulfillment.” – Sheryl Sandberg

Probably our favorite quote, the path to the top is not a straight one or one with limits. Seeing your career as a jungle gym allows you to think without a box.

#4 – Be more open to taking career risks

“At a certain point, it’s your ability to learn quickly and contribute quickly that matters. Women need to shift from thinking ‘I’m not ready to do that’ to thinking ‘I want to do that — and I’ll learn by doing it.’” – Sheryl Sandberg

Taking risks is for most Career Girls the biggest problem. We tend to over-think every decision we make and try to play it on the safe side. This quote should be the guideline for most of our career, because we can do it!

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  • Helena

    Great tips! A really motivating read.


  • Clare

    Great tips like always!

    Clare | http://www.clare-without-an-i.com

  • Cheryl

    I have this book – and haven’t got around to reading it yet, It will be my next pick up now! I think number.2 is so important, It is something I struggle with – hope there are some tips on this! I also think it is so important for women to support each other, this is 100% my agenda, especially after being sat in many meetings dominated by men, to have my ideas rejected, only to be reiterated by said man in the room – and him hailed as the hero!ha – seriously!


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