Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Shares 3 Big Tips to Build a Business

Women on Business

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has played a part in growing two of the biggest brands and businesses in the world — Google and Facebook. As an example, Sheryl cites the easy scalability of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hackathons where Facebook engineers and tech talent get together to share ideas and projects they’ve been working on independently.

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Building a global platform to be COO

Rajesh Setty

Being that kind of lucky would be ideal but you can rarely engineer that because in general, free riders will be a majority force. A better alternative would be to build a platform to be COO. COO that I am referring to here is “creating overwhelming obligations.”

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The Rise of the COO

Harvard Business Review

Does your company have a COO today? Does your COO have the best shot at becoming the next CEO? Few European companies have COOs, although their numbers appear to be growing. Of the 97 largest listed companies in the UK and the Eurozone in 2010, only 37 had a COO in their executive ranks. Appointing a COO is a recent trend on the continent. Most COOs in Europe are seasoned executives; they were 48 years old, on average, when they were appointed.

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They seemed so normal in the interview…

Survive Your Promotion

We finally terminated him but not before he annoyed some major clients, frustrated his fellow engineers, and absorbed countless hours of management time in coaching and attempts to resolve his performance issues. Survive Your Promotion!

Time Management Systems

Survive Your Promotion

So next time your boss drops in and asks you to create an ROI analysis for a tool you want to buy, don’t spend hours sweating over excel – head over to your favorite search engine and see if someone has already done your work for you. Survive Your Promotion!

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It’s Time to View Leadership as a Profession

Great Leadership By Dan

have met many interesting people this way, including the COO of McDonald’s, the. engineers, pilots, sales managers, marketers, teachers, and bankers. Guest post from DDI's Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D. reprinted with permission from DDI's Directions newsletter): Leadership is a craft.

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Compromise…

Survive Your Promotion

On one side of the fence are the people (most notable engineers and entrepreneurs) who are strongly of the opinion that compromising the “right way” ruins the product. Survive Your Promotion!

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Top Leadership Experts to Follow in 2015

Modern Servant Leader

Author of The Culture Engine & six other books. Are you looking for the top leadership experts to follow in 2015? Maybe you need a leadership development expert or public speaker.

It's 7PM – Do you know where your employees are?

Survive Your Promotion

Despite the fact that this guy was only a so-so engineer, his reputation for being a hard worker and loyal employee resulted in his promotion to management. Survive Your Promotion!

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4 Tips for Efficient Succession Planning

Marshall Goldsmith

Following are two classic examples how succession plans may lack realism: The head of engineering is a high performing leader who has the potential to be COO. She has always been in an engineering role. If she had sales experience, she would be even more ready to be the COO so her development plan is written to include a job move to be head of sales.

It's 7PM – Do you know where your employees are?

Survive Your Promotion

Despite the fact that this guy was only a so-so engineer, his reputation for being a hard worker and loyal employee resulted in his promotion to management. Survive Your Promotion!

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To Blog or Not to Blog?

N2Growth Blog

I’m also not a fan of going to a blog to read third party news, press or the re-blogging of someone else’s information published for no other reason then to boost their search engine rankings.

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Jim Hunter – Servant Leadership Interview Series

Modern Servant Leader

And contrast that to Devon’s son who got out of college, chemical engineering degree, six figures. A couple of weeks ago, there was this operations officer and I said to the COO, “You gotta fire this guy. We continue the servant leadership interview series with a real treat.

Jim Hunter – Servant Leadership Interview Series

Modern Servant Leader

And contrast that to Devon’s son who got out of college, chemical engineering degree, six figures. A couple of weeks ago, there was this operations officer and I said to the COO, “You gotta fire this guy. We continue the servant leadership interview series with a real treat.

How One Family Business Found Its Sweet Spot

Harvard Business Review

The family asked us to review the COO''s strategy for the business as part of its corporate governance process. The COO had proposed a new growth strategy, and the founder and his wife, in private, were wondering if the new COO was up to the job. The COO''s newly developed strategy was very comprehensive: •Do better in every customer segment currently served plus add a couple of new ones. The family, including the COO, became very excited.

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“Lean In” Messages and the Illusion of Control

Harvard Business Review

Participants read text taken directly from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In , or listened to audio clips from Sandberg’s TED talks, that described the problem of women’s under-representation in leadership. For example, in one of our studies, we described a recent problem reported by Facebook, in which managers rejected code written by female engineers more often than they rejected code written by male engineers. Shana Novak/Getty Images.

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Carly Fiorina’s Legacy as CEO of Hewlett Packard

Harvard Business Review

HP culture at that time was very engineer-dominated, and relatively male-dominated. As HP’s first female CEO, Fiorina just didn’t connect well with the engineers. HBR STAFF.

How Do Consumers Choose in a World of Automated Ordering?

Harvard Business Review

Already, consumers are being disintermediated from traditional brand choices via search engine and online retailer algorithms that determine which products are presented to consumers, and in what sequence. Our 2017 survey of 170 top Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and Retail CEOs, COOs, and CFOs revealed a conscious shift away from traditional mass production and mass marketing practices toward more personalized approaches. Image Source/Getty Images.

How to Increase Your Influence at Work

Harvard Business Review

With Jeff Wald, the president and COO, an analytic thinker, she started with the metrics. “It required engineering resources being diverted and getting investors comfortable with that, and we had to make sure marketing could figure out how we were going to reposition ourselves.” lok fung/Getty Images. To be effective in organizations today, you must be able to influence people.

Case Study: Can You Fix a Toxic Culture Without Firing People?

Harvard Business Review

Franklin was in the business of designing, engineering, and manufacturing climate control systems for cars and SUVs. Having executed a successful turnaround as COO of her construction company, Joss had been especially helpful to Noelle during her time at Franklin.

How to Capture Value from Collaboration, Especially If You’re Skeptical About It

Harvard Business Review

For example, one earthquake engineer, Stuart, had a career breakthrough when he joined a large structural investigation project led by a team of senior partners in his firm. Working with them to develop the COO survey showed me how valuable they are, and we later teamed up to pitch — and win — a major new project. Vincent Tsui for HBR.

Can Charisma Be Taught?

Harvard Business Review

Indeed, "perhaps only in Silicon Valley would a group of engineers think they could hack their way to charisma with a series of neuroscientific shortcuts." Now the Chinese firm WinSun Decoration Design Engineering has built a truly massive 3-D printer – 500 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 20 feet high – to produce entire neighborhoods, printing out the parts needed to build 10 homes in 24 hours from concrete produced out of recycled materials.

Leading Innovation Is the Art of Creating “Collective Genius” - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business Review

The book, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation , was written by Hill, the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, with Greg Brandeau, former CTO of The Walt Disney Studios and current COO/president of Media Maker; Emily Truelove, a PhD candidate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management; and Kent Lineback, Hill’s cowriter on, Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Good Leader.

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Why Your Innovation Team Needs a Lawyer

Harvard Business Review

Lisa Shalett, who was COO of legal, compliance, and audit at Goldman Sachs before becoming its head of brand marketing and digital strategy, has a unique understanding of these challenges. It’s probably happened to you. A team initiates a new big idea.

Leading Innovation Is the Art of Creating “Collective Genius” - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business Review

Collective Genius shows how Bill Coughran, Google’s then senior vice president of engineering, created an environment where engineers could figure out on their own how to best address the company’s massive storage challenges in 2006.

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Good Leaders Acknowledge What Can't Be Done

Harvard Business Review

Leslie Perlow did a fascinating study of engineers doing software development and observed them frequently using their time in ways that could only make it more difficult to meet their aggressive deadline. It's never easy to decide to stop pursuing a strategy. Americans got a reminder of that in President Obama's speech last week on Afghanistan; it was dispiriting to hear him describe the extended timetable required to remove even just the incremental troops who went in as the surge.

The Hidden (in Plain Sight) Legacy of Steve Jobs

Harvard Business Review

Wozniak brought exceptional engineering chops. What made and still makes Apple products great — and what other tech firms can't seem to grasp — is that Jobs and Wozniak didn't apply their talents to make money or demonstrate engineering prowess. Store inventory and all other supply chain issues were handled by COO Tim Cook , an expert in supply chain management (and Jobs' apparent successor as CEO).

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What Successful Work and Life Integration Looks Like

Harvard Business Review

My research has shown that there are ways for everyone — from the managers of sales teams, to executives in government agencies, to computer engineers, to florists, to coaches — to achieve professional success without always having to sacrifice the things that matter in their personal lives. As COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg has been redefining what it means to be a leader.

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How Twitter’s Leadership Drama Explains its Success

Harvard Business Review

That fits Jack Dorsey, who became Twitter’s first CEO after playing the role of lead engineer as the product was being developed within co-founder Evan Williams’ previous company Odeo. Sure enough, the company’s growth soon warranted yet another shift, and the board put COO Dick Costolo in the CEO role. One founder pushed aside in the early days of the company, his name scrubbed from its founding story.

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Case Study: Should You Adjust Your Business Model for a Major Customer?

Harvard Business Review

The board had unanimously approved the proposal from Cameron and his COO, Stacy Hamiko, to shift to that strategy. “There’s another one!” ” Cameron Burke’s son said, pointing to a darkened streetlight across the park. “But it’s out too!”

Five Signs that Your Mentor Is Giving You Bad Advice

Harvard Business Review

The keynote speaker was Sheryl Sandberg, famous both for her role as Facebook COO and for her advice to girls and women to “ Lean In.”. Sheryl’s own examples were that mentors had advised her not to take the job as an executive at Google and not to take the job as Facebook COO – the very roles that have made her rich and famous. Not long ago, I attended the “Forever Green Leadership Gala” in Menlo Park, a fundraiser for The Girl Scouts of Northern California.

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One Microsoft. Four Ways to Integrate Fiefdoms.

Harvard Business Review

The person in charge of online banking might want a different offering than the person leading the branch offices, just as an engineering head might want a different set of product features than a manufacturing VP. COO Mark Fields now runs this mechanism. One Ford. One Apple. Now one Microsoft. Last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled a restructuring designed to unite the organization behind a single strategy and create high-value experiences for their customers.

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Could Target Have Prevented Its Security Breach?

Harvard Business Review

Watch Your Mouth Sheryl Sandberg and Anna Maria Chávez on 'Bossy,' the Other B-word The Wall Street Journal Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her Lean In organization want to ban the word "bossy" when it''s used to describe assertive girls and women. s New Manufacturing Industry Looks Like (The Washington Post) The Engineering of the Chain Restaurant Menu (The Atlantic) Journalism Start-Ups Aren''t a Revolution If They''re Filled With All These White Men (The Guardian).

7 Tricky Work Situations, and How to Respond to Them

Harvard Business Review

Katie is the COO of a hospitality company. Eva is an engineer in Silicon Valley. Jennifer Maravillas for HBR. You know the moment: a mood-veering, thought-steering, pressure-packed interaction with a colleague, boss, or client where the right thing to say is stuck in a verbal traffic jam between your brain and your mouth.

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You Don’t Need to Be a Silicon Valley Startup to Have a Network-Based Strategy

Harvard Business Review

Consider how Nest is networking its thermostats, smoke alarms, and cameras to create home security solutions, or how Caterpillar and GE are each networking their equipment and engines to save millions in maintenance costs. The CHRO can be working on networking employees and locations; the CMO on networking customers and partners; the CFO on networking funding and payments; the CIO on software and data; and the COO on products and services.

Business Wisdom from the Commencement Speakers of 2014

Harvard Business Review

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, speaking at City Colleges of Chicago. You may continue to disagree, but if you take the time to listen, it will be disagreement for a reason and that tension can lead to understanding and more importantly, to new ideas… This is a particularly important skill for the scientist and engineer to develop, because it can often address our biggest blind spot.

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