Culture — March 20, 2011
Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders
It is now common knowledge that the world is suffering from it’s lack of valuing the feminine dimension, our tragic limits we put on embracing and incarnating the intuitive, nurturing and emotionally sensitive aspects of life. The results of this cultural prejudice are severe, as we see every day in the news. The masculine or fiery dimension of human nature is universally dominating and destroying the cooling and peaceful impulses of humankind.
In this video, Sandberg addresses in detail the practical signs of this deep-seated prejudice, which are seen as limits on the strength of self-image that characterize all modern women, which in turn leads to very limited presumptions of their capacity for productivity, leadership and success in today’s work force. Sheryl calls women and men to observe and understand these archaic conventional patterns and begin to live on the basis of true equality which is free of the outmoded mind-set that has shaped our current male-dominated world.
As the COO at the helm of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg juggles the tasks of monetizing the world’s largest social networking site while keeping its users happy and engaged. Long before Sandberg left Google to join Facebook as its Chief Operating Ofﬁcer in 2008, she was a fan. Today she manages Facebook’s sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. It’s a massive job, but one well suited to Sandberg, who not only built and managed Google’s successful online sales and operations program but also served as an economist for the World Bank and Chief of Staff at the US Treasury Department.
Sandberg’s experience navigating the the complex and socially sensitive world of international economics has proven useful as she and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg work to strike a balance between helping Facebook users control privacy while ﬁnding ways to monetize its most valuable asset: data.
This book gives a remarkably detailed history of the Social Network we all know as Facebook. Kirkpatrick, a scrupulous journalist, who was encouraged to write the book by Facebook's controversial founder, gives a detailed play-by-play of how Facebook amassed half a billion users. He provides a fascinating history of how the company was built, and manages to touch upon most of the controversies surrounding it. A "must read" for anyone interested in the evolution of the Internet and how Facebook got here and managed to monopolize billions of hours of our collective attention.