|How's my lean?|
Sheryl Sandberg's new book Lean In is personal for me because I am one of the statistics she quotes so woefully when she writes about the scourge of today's "leadership ambition gap": I am a Yale-educated MBA graduate. I have held management positions for Fortune 100 companies in three countries, doing business in more than half a dozen. In my late 30s with two toddlers at home, likely close to achieving an officer position with the esteemed Blue Chip firm who employed me, I dropped out.
That's what Sheryl Sandberg and others call what I did: dropping out. And Sandberg's data forecasts a grim future for me: a 30% reduction in my earning power after only two years out of the workforce (p. 102). I have been out for three.