Aside from Elizabeth Warren, another woman I’ve always admired in the corporate world is Sallie Krawcheck – I first read about her in Marie Claire,. She was once known as the Most Powerful Woman on Wall Street, has been ousted from Citibank and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, is interested in protecting consumers, known for honesty and integrity, has been cheated on by her first husband, and has come out of all gracefully and kicking more ass than ever. And she’s pretty. I love it. Since she left BOA/Merrill last year, she’s been relatively quiet, but now that Mary Schapiro has decided to step down on Dec. 14 as current head of the SEC, there has been much to do about Sallie being appointed.
Below, some notable quotes from Krawcheck:
1. If you don’t get fired at least once, you’re not trying hard enough. In today’s world, the pace is quickening – if you’re not making enough mistakes to be noticed and disliked, then you’re not going anywhere. Just like when people say “I’ll worry when they stop talking about me”.
2. Cut the cord with the old workplace quickly. Once you’ve decided to close that door, shut it, firmly and politely. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t leave some lines open for future opportunity, but don’t linger in current drama. Make a clean break and start anew.
3. Choose your husband carefully… you don’t want to gloss over the romantic part. But it’s also important… how your day-to-day life is going to work. If you’re caught in a meeting and walk through the door late, …you want a spouse who says, “Can I get you a glass of wine?” versus “Where were you?” with an eye roll. Having been in a relationship with someone who does the eye roll vs the one who asks you if you want a glass of wine and tells you he already picked up dinner, it’s waiting (I married that one!), I can tell you that it makes all the difference.