Have you read the Google memo?
If, like me, you wanted to contribute to the conversation sparked by the now infamous Google doc this week, but struggled to find the words, then I have the book for you.
Though we are more vulnerable than we think, we are stronger than we even know.
Gloria Steinem doesn’t fancy herself as a leader. She doesn’t seek the spotlight of politics or celebrity. She is an organiser. She organises momentum and logistics around movements and campaigns that align with her values. And she has done so from Kennedy to Clinton 2.0.
The life of an organiser is a life on the road.
“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.”
Viktor Frankl survived three harrowing years in Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps. A Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna, Frankl’s intellectual curiosity put him in a unique position to observe life and death in prison camp. “Man’s Search for Meaning” is Frankl’s attempt to translate these stories in to lessons about human survival amid pointless suffering.
Not giving a f*ck is in vogue.
“The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck”, “Don’t Give a Damn” – titles like these are appearing at book shops near you. Caring less appears to have overtaken “mindfulness” as the topic du jour in the self help genre.Continue reading
Two months before the 9/11 attacks, FBI Special Agent Kenneth Williams noticed suspicious activity in Phoenix, Arizona. He spotted several Arab men taking flying lessons in the Phoenix area. The odd thing was, the men did not want to practice take-offs and landings. Special Agent Williams sent a letter to FBI HQ on July 10, 2001 warning about a possible terrorist mission. The leaders at FBI HQ found the contents of the letter to be so unusual that they opted not to act upon it. The letter was to become the famous “Phoenix Memo”.
And just like that, we’re back here discussing another year in books. It’s been a busy year (aren’t they all) but I’ve made plenty of time for reading.Continue reading
Two thirds of students at the Harvard Business School have experienced imposter syndrome. 70% of subjects in a separate study have felt it too.
Statistically, most people will endure the imposter experience.
“We accept not to panic when, some years from now, what we are doing today will seem like the worst decision of our lives. Yet we promise not to look around, either, for we accept that there cannot be better options out there. Everyone is always impossible. We are a demented species.”
If someone had offered me a book about cars and space, I would have politely declined. Cars and space don’t tend to fall within the scope of my interests. Fortunately, I didn’t know that Elon Musk, the biography, had strong car and space themes when I added it to cart thinking it would unfold in a standard Silicon Valley profile type of way. Because, as it happens, Elon Musk’s version of cars and space makes for compelling reading. I absolutely loved this book.Continue reading