Last week, we brought you some of the best advice executives had ever been given – a quick glimpse into the “secret lives of CEOs.” Because really, who doesn’t want to hear more advice from truly powerful people? That’s why I was so excited when I read Fast Company’s most recent compilation of advice - “What Glass Ceiling? Killer Career Advice From Women Who Lead By Example.” Fast Company compiled great advice from women like Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Kimberly Davis of JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and Ellen Kumata of Cambria Consulting.
My favorite piece of advice here comes from the now infamous Sheryl Sandberg TED Talk. Speaking of would-be mothers, she uttered a few words we should all take into consideration, not just mothers or mothers-to-be. “Don’t make decisions too far in advance, particularly ones you’re not even conscious you’re making.” How often have we all thought, “Maybe I shouldn’t do X because I’m thinking about looking for another job….or having a baby….or going on vacation.” Sheryl is right. Decision-making is decision-making, at that time, not before.