June 16, 2012 by Rupesh
I know I am late to see this video. But, I am blown away by the speech which Sheryl gave at Harvard Business School.
I meet, manage and sometimes mentor quite a few 20-35 year old’s being a CEO of a small size high growth startup. Many of them are from famous (as well as regular) B School, Engineering and graduates from all disciplines. I am happy to meet ‘few’ but also feel a lot concerned when I met the ‘many’. Happy because of their belief in ‘prioritizing’ learning, their willingness to take a plunge (to work for a startup) and their enthusiasm. Concern because, a lot of them have build a mindset which is more centric around ‘playing safe’. I personally feel that its a wrong (and deadly) spiral to get into. I attribute a lot of it to their peers in industry and families. Why on earth are people so afraid to fail ? To share, I have failed ‘a lot of’ times at school, universities and in my business decisions. I had my share of instances when people refused to entertain me to rejecting me outright including my near ones. These have only ‘helped’ me improve as a better CEO.
The only advice I give people (which I feel they can comprehend) is that in 60-70 years of an average life span, 3-4 years of instability will hardly matter. However the qualities like grit, pressure handling and decision making which they acquire will ensure them a rewarding career.
Please look at the video. After you see watch it again and then reflect on it for sometime. The learning itself is nothing less than a B school degree.This is Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg delivering a speech to the graduating class of Harvard Business School.
3 takeaways (from Sherly’s video) for those people who are looking for a change in your career or that young graduate who have millions of dreams in their eyes.
- “Get on a rocket ship. When companies are growing quickly and they are having a lot of impact, careers take care of themselves”.
- “The traditional metaphor for careers is a ladder, but that metaphor no longer holds. It doesn’t make sense in a less hierarchical world. Move sideways, move down, move on, move off. Build your skills, not your resume. Evaluate what you can do, not the title they’re going to give you. Do real work”.
- “You’re going to need talent, skill, and imagination and vision, but more than anything else, you’re going to need the ability to communicate authentically, to speak so that you inspire the people around you and to listen so that you continue to learn each and every day on the job. As you graduate (or looking to change) today, ask yourself, how will you lead. Will you use simple and clear language? Will you seek out honesty? that you make the effort to speak as well as seek the truth”
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Wish you many tough challenges and hope your lives start being eventful. And, A big Thank You to everyone who made me struggle.