Should wives keep mum ?
Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein and firm President Gary Cohn agree - when your wife offers you career advice, take no notice at all.
eFinancialCareers reports that in last week's commencement address for students at La Guardia college in New York, Blankfein said he made his wife cry when he told her he was quitting law and moving into banking. He did it anyway.
Similarly, in a commencement speech delivered to students at the Kogod School of Business in 2011, Cohn said his wife told him that leaving the floor of the commodities exchange and joining Goldman Sachs when she was pregnant with their first child would be the 'craziest decision' that he ever made. He did it anyway.
Cohn and Blankfein took no notice of their wives and they are now COO and CEO of Goldman Sachs respectively. Alex Ferguson also took no notice of his wife, both when she didn’t want to leave Glasgow and then again didn’t want to leave the north east.
A meme is emerging here: if you want to get ahead, take your own path and ignore your spouse.
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