VP of human resources, Facebook
I would say the best career advice I've gotten is from Sheryl Sandberg. When I was first thinking about coming to Facebook, I called Sheryl and asked her what her biggest business problem was. She said it was recruiting. I told her that I didn't have a lot of experience leading recruiting organizations, and she responded by saying that most men would not let that get in the way of taking a new opportunity. In fact, research tells us that women think they need to have all of the qualifications, or very close to all of them, for a new role before they jump into it. Men don't feel the same way. I listened to Sheryl's advice and jumped right into the position at Facebook. Like she encouraged me, I definitely encourage other women to jump right in.
We went through our archives for nearly a decade of collected wisdom that still holds up.