我并没有见过谢丽尔•桑德伯格本人，她也没有给我寄过她新书（《向前一步：女性、工作与领导意志》Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead）的手稿，更没有邀请我为她的新书撰写专栏。此外，许多人认为她在误导女性去“拥有一切”，但对于她与别人之间的争论，我也没有太过关注。不过，看过她在2012年科技、娱乐、设计大会（TED）上的演讲。当时听说她正在写一本书，我感到非常兴奋。后来，我的同事莎拉•皮科洛和吉姆•斯坦福德拿到了一本，还借给我阅读，让我很是欣喜。
《向前一步》和另外一本很不错的新书【马扎林•巴纳吉与安东尼•格林沃德联合撰写的《盲点：善良人心中隐藏的偏见》（Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People），书中以巧妙的方式详细介绍了无意识的偏见是如何出现的，以及为何即是处事最周到的人和最成功的公司，也会因为无意识的偏见而犯下无心之错】让我对某些行为的认识更加清楚，因此，我觉得这两本书已经对我产生了影响。
I have never met Sheryl Sandberg in person. She did not send me a copy of the manuscript for her new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. And she did not ask me to write a column on it.
Also, I have not followed closely her debate with those who characterize her as misleading women about "having it all." Yet, having watched her popular 2012 TED talk, I was excited to read that she was working on a book. And I was delighted when Sara Piccollo and Kim Stafford, work colleagues, obtained a copy and lent it to me.
This book will likely resonate with readers to different degrees depending on their vantage points. Personally, I approached it wearing two hats -- one as the CEO of a merit-based and highly-driven company, and the other as the parent of a nine-year old daughter. In both capacities, I feel that Lean In is a must-read.
Together with another great new book (Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald, a book that brilliantly details how unconscious biases operate and why even the most thoughtful people and most successful companies can inadvertently trip up because of them.), Lean In has made me more aware of certain behaviors and, thus, already has had an impact on me.
Both books have armed me with thoughtful insights that speak directly to challenges I face every day -- as a spouse and parent, but also as CEO of a company whose continued success depends on its people. It is the latter that I would like to share with you here, focusing for now primarily on Lean In. (I plan to write another column devoted to Blindspot.)
In a manner that is enjoyable to read and easy to internalize, Sandberg provides valuable insights on how a meritocracy can enhance its productivity and effectiveness. The major emphasis is, of course, on better career management, especially (but not only) as it relates to women -- or, to put it more specifically, explaining why women face a much higher risk of unnecessarily opting out or of being pushed out; why companies need to recognize the value of including diverse perspectives, including gender, in all areas of decision-making; and how too many companies inadvertently shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to hiring, developing, promoting and retaining women.
Early in the book, Sandberg tells a story that will ring true with many decision-makers who have the institutional power to quickly solve problems but may not always have access to comprehensive information in a timely manner.