Fantastic (and very funny) piece by the divine Rachel Simmons on the dearth of changing tables on airplanes: “’We don’t have one on this plane. It’s an older model,’” the flight attendant explained. A sign next to her head read, “Wi-Fi on this aircraft.” I wondered if she knew that babies preceded the invention of the airplane and the Internet.”
I am now a project manager for The Economist Group in their commercial unit. My new boss said she hired me in part because I had managed long term projects (election coverage) and dealt with short term deadlines (editing hourly newscasts.) #DeadlineJedi.
I thought it’d be fun to depict my job search numbers in an infographic, so here it is, created by Elizabeth Carey Smith of The Letter Office.
People are asking whether my Vine Resume and its media coverage got me hired. I actually got this job through old fashioned networking, a referral by a friend. But I would say that the Vine Resume did impress them once I was in the door.
Many thanks to all the friends, family and professional contacts I met who helped me and cheered me on along the way.
Anne and those with her were attacked by the Taliban terrorists who woke up that day not with a mission to educate or to help, but with a mission to destroy. A brave American was determined to brighten the light of learning through books, written in the native tongue of the students she had never met, whom she felt it incumbent to help.
Secretary of State John Kerry • Discussing the death of Anne Smedinghoff, a 25-year-old U.S. Foreign Service Officer who was killed when delivering books to a school in Afghanistan. (Her group was ambushed by the Taliban, and she was one of six Americans killed Saturday.) Kerry, who had met the Illinois native just two weeks ago while on a trip to the country, said that she was ”a selfless, idealistic woman who woke up yesterday morning and set out to bring textbooks to school children, to bring them knowledge.” Her parents offered up a similar statement on the tragedy. Smedinghoff’s death is the first of a U.S. diplomat since last year’s Benghazi’s attack. (via shortformblog)
I’m not going to lie to you, kiddo: you’ve got some rough seas ahead. For the most part, I’m not going to tell you how to steer around them, because sailing through them, storm-tossed as they might be, is what’s going to make you who you are (and give you something to write about) although I will say this—whenever you’re out to dinner with a big group and are tempted to say, oh, I’ll just put this on my credit card and you can just give me cash? Don’t do that.
This is an actual headline from the New York Times: “Do Women Have What It Takes To Lead?” Leaving aside for a moment the head-bonking trolliness of such a headline, it bears pointing out that the New York Times is CURRENTLY LED BY A WOMAN. Jill Abramson is the executive editor of the NYT and the first woman in the paper’s storied history to hold that position. In her own words, she is definitely not chopped liver.
The only good thing about this is the delicious irony of a banner ad for “Ann” directly above it. God, I’d love to see that anonymous headline writer TRY to get that question past Ann Richards.
“If you substituted any other demographic group, I think there would have been an a-ha moment by an editor that this wasn’t such a good idea,” she told me.
Loved this significantly less from ‘Room For Debate’ editor Susan Ellingwood:
Raising a provocative question is our way of starting an interesting discussion. That title starts a productive conversation about gender stereotypes and leadership – even if, in the end, the consensus among the debaters is “yes, women do have what it takes.” Each post explored the question from a different angle. And as readers’ reactions show, the pieces sparked a conversation about an important topic. That’s our goal.
What struck all of us here at Room for Debate is that the publicity around Sheryl Sandberg’s book promotes an aggressive self-centered “male” approach to leadership, and yet there are many studies that show that team-building and consensus, seen as a “female,” approach to leadership can be more effective.
Ugh. First of all, do not pat yourself on the back for being provocative. Perhaps you’d like to wonder aloud about Barack Obama’s birth certificate? Give me a break. There is “provocative” and there is “open question” and this is neither. It’s just trolling. End of story.
Second, “the publicity around Sheryl Sandberg’s book” does not at ALL promote an “aggressively self-centered ‘male’ approach to leadership.” WTF?!?! That is just wrong. As a member of Sheryl’s Lean In launch team I can’t think of any of the “publicity” around the book that answers to that description. Nor the site. Nor the book. Did Ellingwood even read it? Only one of the so-called “debators” even referenced Sandberg - or the data in the book. I disagree vehemently with her characterization here, and DEFINITELY disagree with it as even the remotest justification for that stupid headline.
That stupid headline, which still remains on the NYT site. With a LOT of disgusted comments (this one is my favorite). Still, encouraging to see it addressed and even more encouraging to know it was catalyzed by the CTR community. We are the butterfly flapping in the rainforest of the internet! Or something. Either way, cool.