Here are several posts that caught my eye this week.
Slacker Manager Bren offered The Guiding Principles of Slacker@Work. Sound suggestions – here’s my favorite:
- Be curious.
- Pursue other pursuits.
And I would say these can be very related. I struggle with this myself because I tend to have too many diverse things going on at once. But this is also the spice of my life. But I need to balance. But I am so curious. But I need to say no more. But I want to do new things. But life’s too short to take on so much. But, but, but….
Here’s some great info from WrittenRoad about a Netflix type service for books. I have not checked it out yet (’cause I got too much going on, see previous point) but it seems interesting.
Church of the Customer linked to a post from Marketing Prof about 1 percenters – motorcycle gangs. Folks who "stir the embers." Hmmm, when I was riding my bike everyday and all year round (in the cold and rain), we had a different definition of the 1 percenter. They were mythical beings and highly regarded. And yes, they stirred the embers, too. The 1 percenter was the guy or gal who rides their motorcycle exclusively – they have no car and ride the bike for all purposes. In pouring rain, snow, searing heat, and to do the Costco run (can you say bungee ties?). Either way, the notion of 1 percenter is thought provoking, but check out the post. Personally, I have some aspirations of being a 1 percenter (my definition, not the gang member) on a hybrid motorcycle of the future (the technology is not quite there yet). Of course, I would not live in a snowy place, but that’d not my preference anyway.
Businesspundit Rob writes about whether we women hold each other back more than our male counterparts do. Interestingly, I have seen this – felt this – and sadly, even perpetuated this. He quotes research findings that say:
Women bosses are significantly more likely than men to discriminate against female employees, research has suggested. The study found that when presented with applications for promotion, women were more likely than men to assess the female candidate as less qualified than the male one.
Rob notes that the research is a bit suspect because it originated in Spain. That said, I think this is not uncommon.
Here’s why I think this occurs: As a business community, we still do not fully see or understand feminine models of leadership. Please to hate mail here, I am not saying that women can’t lead in familiar ways, clearly many do. But we also know that there are some differences.
I think this issue will improve in time. When I was learning how to lead, the model for success was to act like a man (80s and early 90s). When I judge leadership, I still have a bit of this model in the back of my mind, however much I think I have progressed. Admittedly, my leadership style is somewhat masculine. Over that last several years, I have made big strides in opening myself up to my own femininity and can see and appreciate this in others. And I think millions of others are going through the same process. And the women graduating college today are not expected to act like a man to be successful (I think this is true, let me know if you disagree).