Facebook COO - HBS Class of 2012 Speech

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook speech to the Harvard Business School Class of 2012.

Topics to pay attention to:

1) Re-thinking how you decide on your next career steps
2) Noticing her comments about how people are afraid to tell authority figures bad news (re-affirming my advice that your willingness to do so is a huge asset in your career)
3) Listening to her thoughts on more women in C-level jobs (really great points)

Very much worth watching (22 minutes)

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8 comments… add one
  • M Jun 22, 2012, 2:15 am

    I will take the advice from the video in regards to being honest. This speech is incredibly uninspiring, unoriginal and finished off with a few completely unrelated jokes thrown in for cheap laughs, i.e: ‘Mommy’s Fat Ass’ ??. It is such poor form to plug your own company, it wreaks of desperation. An equally successful person could have given the exact opposite ‘advice’, and it would still have received applause. Throw together a bunch of words that could be applied to business situations like: “Look for growth”, “Look for impact” , “Build your skills” and voila – you are an inspirational speaker, and a brilliant business person – utter garbage. I would much prefer to sit through Steve Jobs speech at Stanford. At least it was delivered originally and felt REAL… not ‘How many jobs I was offered as CEO’.

    What a perfect example of mediocrity.

  • fabian Jun 21, 2012, 9:33 am

    Not very original and way too clichéd, at times it seems like she’s just reading a list of maxims off.

  • Eloisa Ramos Jun 16, 2012, 9:23 am

    I agree with all the things she said, I am just like her in leading my group, lead with empowerment. I am a COO for an IT company.

  • Francisco Jun 15, 2012, 12:20 pm

    “Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”
    ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • Francisco Jun 15, 2012, 12:01 pm

    If Wall-street and Corporate America should have considered these suggestions before the economic meltdown went off.

    “Preparing for the worst- hopping for the best”
    Jeremy Shu How Lin – NBA Player

    “Look for opportunities”
    “Look for growth”
    “Look for Impact”
    “Look for Mission”
    “Move sideways, move down, move off, move on”
    “Build your skills, not your resume”
    “Evaluate what you can do….”
    “As traditional structures are wreaking down….leadership has to evolve as well…..from herarchy to share responsability”
    From commadn and control….to listening and guide”
    “As you lead in this new world, you would not be able to rely on who you are or the degree you hold”
    “You have to rely on what you know”
    “Your strenght would come from bulding trust and earning respect”
    “you are gonna need the ability to communicate authentically –
    to speak so that you inspiere the people around you…and to listen so you continue to leran each an every day on the job”
    Sheryl Sandberg – COO Facebook

  • Dalila Jun 15, 2012, 11:24 am

    Hi Victor, I liked very much the video.

    I specialy like the commencement speach Sheryl gave at Barnard College, where she talks specifically about women in the work force, and she is also on TED also with the same subject. I have seen the TED video more than once, I think it is what women need to hear nowadays.


  • HBK Jun 15, 2012, 7:55 am

    I liked that leaving office at 5.30 pm aspect. I do remember reading articles on it. Very encouraging !

  • Rohit Jun 15, 2012, 7:33 am

    Hi Victor,

    I watched this with interest but felt she was not spontaneous. She seemed like a saleperson selling something she didnt believe in. That took the sting out of the message she was delivering as the charisma is definitely lacking.

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