Indra Nooyi stepped down as the CEO of PepsiCo Tuesday. As she did, the outgoing exec reflected on career lessons learned in a special ‘goodbye’ letter to employees. In this LinkedIn post, she encouraged her staffers to set goals, listen openly to feedback and pursue lifelong education. Most crucially, she told them: “Think hard about time.”
Nooyi was PepsiCo’s first female chief executive and boosted revenue 80 per cent during her tenure. Still, she said there are times she wished she had prioritized family. “I’ve been blessed with an amazing career, but if I’m being honest, there have been moments I wish I’d spent more time with my children and family.”
Finding balance is one of the top struggles for any worker. Nooyi’s observation is key to anyone seeking top leadership positions and coping with the specific challenges those roles face.