In a recent post Career Lessons from Game-Changing, High-Achieving Career & Business Women, I shared the career lessons from seven game-changing, high-achieving women. The list of those high-achieving women included:
- Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo
- Meg Whitman, President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard
- Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, Inc.
- Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, Chairman, President & CEO of IBM
- Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
- Rosalind Brewer, CEO of Sam’s Club
- Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Company
Sheryl Sandberg (age 44) is best known for her role within one of the most well-known companies of this last decade.
She began as Facebook’s COO in 2008 and has been instrumental in helping the company expand to a global level through managing the company’s sales, advertising and public relations.
In 2012, she was the first woman to join Facebook’s board of directors.
Prior to her career with Facebook, she worked for a number of well-known companies including Walt Disney and Starbucks. She is the author of the bestselling book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.
Career Lesson: We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our own personal passion, talents and interests that move us forward.
As a Career, Business & Lifestyle Solutionist, I share Sandberg’s ‘look for’ principles to my career professional clients – which are:
- Look for growth.
- Look for the teams that are growing quickly.
- Look for the companies that are doing well.
- Look for a place where you feel that you can have a lot of impact.
Shonda Rhimes (age 44) career did not peak after college. She worked multiple jobs ranging from office administration to career counselor. Although she wasn’t exactly working her dream job at the beginning, her early employment helped cover the monthly bills and allowed her the time to work on small research-based films on the side. She was what I call an Employedpreneur.
It wasn’t long before she became one of the most influential women in the industry because of the small hits in her early years. Those small hits soon transcended into Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and Private Practice. She is now considered a household name in the industry with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal bringing in a combined $300 million in ad revenue per season.
She is the first African-American woman to create and executive-produce a Top 10 network series – Grey Anatomy.
Career Lesson: At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don’t keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That’s how we’re made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines, or you can live your life crossing them.
Are you ready to change what you are looking for and make a ‘radical decision’ about the boundaries in your life?
© Copyright 2014 Laureen Wishom