YES! Sheryl Sandberg Did a Billions Dollars Worth of Work!

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News yesterday bouncing all around the blogosphere was that Sheryl Sandberg became a billionaire. Given the run Facebook’s stock has had over the past two quarters, it was only a matter of time.  Sheryl’s current shares and stock options, as well as, Facebook’s current stock price makes Sheryl is one of the youngest female billionaires and only one of seventeen in the world.

Unfortunately, Sheryl becoming a billionaire was not the most interesting aspect of this news. In the middle of a story posted in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, this quote ran:

“Did she do a billion dollars-worth of work? I don’t know,” David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect,” a history of the company, said in a telephone interview. “She had the good fortune to land in the right place where her talents could really be applauded.”

Now if that is not a thinly veiled shot, I don’t know what one is. Perhaps John Gruber of Daring Fireball but it best:

“Would Kirkpatrick have asked this of a man? And if he had would Bloomberg have run the quote?  I searched Google for the phrase ‘Did he do a billion dollars worth of work?’ and the only hit was this tweet from Jezebel editor-in-chief Jessica Coen, retweeting this tweet from Alex Leo pointing out the absurd gender bias in this article.”

Sheryl’s work is so cemented into the zeitgeist of Silicon Valley that often she is often used as a job title as in “I need to find myself a Sheryl Sandberg for my firm.” She earned the billion dollars, as Sheryl was vital in getting Facebook to where Facebook is today.

Best regards,

Dr. Dan-o

 

Daniel M. Ladik, Ph.D.,

Associate Professor of Marketing

Stillman School of Business

Seton Hall University

 

 

Chief Executive of the Week: Sheryl Sandberg

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Without question, this has been Sheryl Sandberg’s week.  She started the week on 60 Minutes, NPR, then continued on to pretty much every major media outlet on the planet – and rightfully so.  Sheryl’s book – Lean In – addresses a very important topic in the workplace as men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in industry and government.  Her goal is to empower women and she offers a number of commonsense solutions in the book.  If anyone is going to make a difference on this issue, it will be Sheryl as she has the ear of many leaders.

Something to keep tabs on this year…

 

Best regards,

Dr. Dan-o

 

Daniel M. Ladik, Ph.D.,

Associate Professor of Marketing

Stillman School of Business

Seton Hall University

 

Should Your Career Path be More Opportunistic or Planned?

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As you all know, I search high and low for nuggets and I found a good one yesterday.  I enjoy listening to the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast on the Stitcher app. “Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar is a weekly speaker series that brings innovation leaders from business, finance, technology, education, and philanthropy, to share their insights with aspiring entrepreneurs from all over the world,” as described on the Stanford web site.

While listening Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s talk titled “Spotlight on Scalability” and presented on April 22, 2009 (older presentations are available on Stitcher but not on the web site), Ms. Sandberg was asked the following question:

“Earlier in your career path, were you more opportunistic in your career choices or were they planned?”

In her response, Ms. Sandberg responded quickly and conclusively, stating:

“I think in careers, you need two things; (you need) a long-term dream and a short-term plan. And a short-term plan, I don’t know if its a year or two years but its between 12 and 24 months – it’s not longer.  The stuff in between is a big waste of time at best, and completely anxiety producing and counterproductive at worst.”

Something to think about today…

Best

Dr. Dan-o

 

Daniel M. Ladik, Ph.D.,

Associate Professor of Marketing

Stillman School of Business

Seton Hall University