Sheryl Sandberg & Conscious Business

Sheryl SandbergSheryl Sandberg is a heroine to many women, including me. Her book, Lean In is a manifesto of female empowerment in the workplace and, like many women in tech, I follow her every move.

But I lead a rather humble life in comparison to this great woman. I get up every morning and engage in a heated hunt for great digital media content. So imagine my delight when this article showed up in my inbox:  Books Extremely Successful People Read. This Huffington Post article lists favorite books from people such as Barak Obama, Oprah, Bill Gates and Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. (Catcher in the Rye shows up a few times, a book I’m happy to say I have recommended in a previous post.)

Sheryl recommends a few personal favorites, but mentioned one business book that had a great impact on her. That book is “Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values,” by Fred Kofman.

In the New York Times article, Sheryl Sandberg: By the Book, Sheryl states:

“Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values,” by Fred Kofman, had a profound effect on my career and life. I think about his lessons almost every day — the importance of authentic communication, impeccable commitments, being a player not a victim, and taking responsibility. I have given this book to so many team members at work, and I’ve seen it inspire people overnight to be more aware of their actions and impact on others.”

Here is a quote from Kofman’s book: “…the goal is to live in a state of flow, feeling a transcendent happiness that comes from living in full integrity, with one’s principles and ideals.”

What does happiness and values have to do with business, you ask? Well, read Kofman’s book and find out what Sheryl Sandberg finds so intriguing.


Read: Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values

Read: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Sheryl Sandberg

Watch: Sheryl Sandberg at the TED conference


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