As anyone with
a mother, sister or girlfriend can tell you: women give great advice. During my
career, I've made it a point to listen to women I admire and to share advice
with others seeking mentoring. Advice is like heirloom silver, handled regularly
it shines, left to sit unused, it quickly grows dull.
In the interest
of passing along advice worth thinking about, I want to call attention to
recent remarks made by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
By any measure, Sandberg's career is stellar: an Ivy League
education, senior roles at the Department of Treasury under financial
powerhouse Larry Summers and at Google and now the COO job at tech-giant Facebook.
Despite her personal accomplishments, Sandberg said during a
recent magazine interview that "women are not making it to the top."
"A hundred and ninety heads of state; nine are women," said
Sandberg. "Of all the people in parliament in the world, thirteen per cent are
women. In the corporate sector, women at the top-C-level jobs, board seats-tops
out at fifteen, sixteen per cent."
Given that women are enrolling in graduate school at higher rates
than men and that studies show girls and women now outperform their male
counterparts at every level of schooling, the absence of women in equal measure
to men at the top is confounding.
While Sandberg doesn't examine the nitty gritty of why women aren't
represented at the highest echelons of work, she does recommend that women take three steps to
ameliorate the problem:
Sandberg concludes with the following counsel: "Don't worry so much
about balance. Work hard, stick with what you like, and don't let go."
advice, no matter your gender.
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