Facebook COO: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

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Movie Day!
Well it's Movie Day here at Career Chick Chat!

Today's video is of Sheryl Sandberg the COO of Facebook which was recorded at the TED Women's conference in December.

Sheryl makes some important points about the number of women in senior roles in business, shares some great stories and gives some really insightful tips based on her experiences and observations.

Her approach is about what we can do as individuals and the messages we can tell ourselves, the women we work with or who work for us, and the messages we tell our daughters. It's a very practical yet powerful approach.

I'm not going to spoil the plot so I recommend you watch it now. The clip is just over 15 minutes long so if you don't have the time to bring out the popcorn and watch - just listen while you work away.

What do you think?

Apart from the content I think this is yet another example of how a well delivered presentation can be engaging - without the use of 2,000 PowerPoint slides and hilarious graphics.

But back to the content - I love the bathroom story! And her perspective that work needs to be challenging, rewarding and make a difference is one that so many Career Chicks that I speak to share.

Particularly insightful (well, I thought so!) was her perspective on 'Don't leave until you leave". I have seen chicks 'check-out' of work not only when they are leaving for a career break but when they are moving to a new role or even involved in planning a wedding.

How things 'end' can really influence how you are remembered so it's important that how you operate right up until when you leave is how you want to be thought of.

By the way - TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. The not-for-profit group which runs the conferences describes them as, "Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world". And they are!

Hope you didn't eat too much popcorn during the movie!

Looking forward to a relaxing weekend - I think I must be the only person on the planet who hasn't seen The Social Network yet - so I am planning a trip to the movies.

Be back on the blog next week!

- Karen

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