Mark Zuckerberg, one of the world’s most powerful CEOs, has never worked at a company besides Facebook, and it’s a blessing and a curse
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and founder, has spent his entire career at one company.
According to The New Yorker, Zuckerberg often relies on COO Sheryl Sandberg to find out how things work at other companies.
Workplace experts say it’s important for long-tenured leaders like Zuckerberg to surround themselves with other perspectives.
As for individuals, it can be helpful to move around between companies, or between departments at the same company, to develop new skills.
A recent New Yorker profile of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg includes a telling quotation from COO Sheryl Sandberg:
“Sometimes Mark will say, in front of the company, ‘Well, I’ve never worked anywhere else, but Sheryl tells me…'”
Sandberg added: “He acknowledges he doesn’t always have the most experience. He’s only had the experience he’s had, and being Mark Zuckerberg is pretty extraordinary.”
Zuckerberg is 34 years old; he founded Facebook in college. As The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos points out, Zuckerberg has designed the entire company to suit his unique preferences. (Osnos writes that Zuckerberg chose Facebook’s signature royal blue because he is red-green color-blind and can see royal blue most clearly.)
While Zuckerberg is an extreme example, the quotation from Sandberg raises questions about the relative benefits and drawbacks of building your career in one place. We asked two workplace experts for their opinions, although they can’t comment on Zuckerberg specifically since they don’t know him personally.
Long-tenured leaders should surround themselves with people who have different perspectives
Jaime Klein, who is the founder of Inspire Human Resources, mentioned some organizational benefits of having a long-tenured leader, including “institutional knowledge” and “cultural stability.” Klein has observed that, when organizations go through a leadership transition, there tends to be a period of time where everyone is unproductive.
That said, Klein added that the downside of having a long-tenured leader is that “you don’t have …read more
Source:: Business Insider