Juicy Bites: small nibbles of quality content.
This week we find out:
- What do women have to do with Bill Gates’s generosity?
- How can we adopt entrepreneurial thinking?
- What’s Tina Fey’s definition of ‘Perfect Happiness’?
- What role did Lindy Boggs play in Women’s History?
- What’s Karen Finerman’s career advice?
At the end we encourage you to join us for a conversation. This week’s Juicy Bites question for you, dear emerging women, is: “What is your idea of perfect happiness?”
We would love to hear from you, so make sure you leave a comment at the end of this post.
1. Why Men Need Women via New York Times
Fascinating research about the effect of female leadership on men’s generosity, innovation and knowledge-sharing.
“We recognize the direct advantages that women as leaders bring to the table, which often include diverse perspectives, collaborative styles, dedication to mentoring and keen understanding of female employees and customers. But we’ve largely overlooked the beneficial effects that women have on the men around them. Is it possible that when women join top management teams, they encourage male colleagues to treat employees more generously and to share knowledge more freely? Increases in motivation, cooperation, and innovation in companies may be fueled not only by the direct actions of female leaders, but also by their influence on male leaders.”
“To be effective innovation has to be simple, and it has to be focused. It should do only one thing,– otherwise it confuses people.” ~ Peter Drucker, The Discipline of Innovation
Many organizations these days are trying to increase innovation, encourage creativity and develop entrepreneurial leaders. In order to think and act like an entrepreneur you need to be aware 3 elements that truly capture the essence of entrepreneurship:
- No. 1 Real and compelling sense of ownership of the business.
- No. 2 Opportunity obsession and the drive to follow through.
- No. 3 The ability to infuse your colleagues with entrepreneurial thinking and action.
3. How 16 Incredible Women Define ‘Perfect Happiness’ via Huffington Post Women
This is an amazing collection from Vanity’s Fair “Proust Questionnaire – an unscientific but illuminating personality test created in the salons of nineteenth-century Paris. When asked the question “What is your idea of perfect happiness?”, 16 brilliant women give honest, funny, touching answers. Here are some of them:
- “A canoe, mixed sun and cloud, no deadlines in sight.” ~ Margaret Atwood
- “Loud bar, good band, cold beer, ride home.” ~ Rachel Maddow
- “A glass of wine at sunset on Fire Island. / No homework.” ~ Tina Fey
4. Lindy Boggs, Longtime Representative And Champion of Women, Is Dead at 97 via New York Times
Lindy Boggs was the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana. Three years later, in 1976, Mrs. Boggs became the first woman to preside over a Democratic National Convention. In her 1994 memoir, “Washington Through a Purple Veil: Memoirs of a Southern Woman,” written with Katherine Hatch, Mrs. Boggs wrote that she had learned an important lesson as a political wife and as a politician herself: “You played the Washington game with confidence and authority and graciousness.”
Mrs. Boggs fought for women’s equal pay for government jobs and equal access to government business contracts, and took a firm stand against sexual discrimination. She also, championed racial justice at a time when doing so invited the resentment if not hostility of most Southern whites. She saw the growing civil rights movement as necessary to the political reform movement of the 1940s and ’50s.
5. Karen Finerman: How Women Can Best Navigate The Workplace via Forbes
Karen Finerman, who is an investment manager, CNBC Fast Money panelist, philanthropist and author of Finerman’s Rules: Secrets I’d Only Tell My Daughters About Business and Life, talks about how to manage work relationships, set business boundaries, why you need a financial plan and her best career advice.
“I’ve seen women afraid to stretch for things. They avoid opportunities they don’t feel qualified for yet. Instead, they should grab risky opportunities that will force them to grow on the job and learn to do it.” ~ Karen Finerman
This week’s Juicy Bites question for you, dear emerging women is:
“What is your idea of perfect happiness?”
Let’s start a conversation. We would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below.