* This list will be updated periodically as things change in my rotation. I'd love to hear your recommendations! ~ Sharon Lee
"Stop making decisions out of convenience and start making decisions out of character."
" Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."
"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can do." – Arthur Ashe
" If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs."
" I have a friend, an aspiring musician, whose sister said to her one day, quite reasonably, 'What happens if you never get anything out of this? What happens if you pursue your passion forever, but success never comes? How will you feel then, having wasted your entire life for nothing?' My friend, with equal reason, replied, 'If you can’t see what I’m already getting out of this, then I’ll never be able to explain it to you.' When it’s for love, you will always do it anyhow." - Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
Articles on my Radar
I go through a lot of articles in a day, some of which I agree with, some of which I don't, but most of which I find to be interesting whether aligned with my values or not. The ones I find most interesting are here:
Women in the Workplace Alexis Krivkovich, Kelsey Robinson, Irina Starikova, Rachel Valentino, and Lareina Yee This is a McKinsey Report regarding the state of gender equality in corporate America. I used this article as a source for a presentation I helped put together for a gender diversity initiative at my place of work. Great up-to-date information.
Ellen Pompeo, TV's $20 Million Woman Reveals Her Behind-The-Scenes Fight For "What I Deserve"from the Hollywood Reporter by Lacey Rose. Have you read this? If you haven't, please make this a priority read. I've been a fan of Grey's Anatomy from its early days. The show hit a slump and I stopped watching, but restarted when I heard (spoiler!) that Patrick Dempsey left the show - which, Ellen notes in the article, was a turning point in her career. This is a powerful, raw and candid article on what it took for Ellen Pompeo to reach the top, how she came to know her worth and then how she used it to become the highest paid actress on TV. What I love about this article, among many things, is how the success of one woman (Shonda Rhimes) changed the lives of so many other women. Women helping women. That's what we need more of. "[Shonda Rhimes] got to a place where she was so empowered that she was generous with her power. Now, what did that look like? It looked like her letting me be the highest-paid woman on television, letting me be a producer on this show, letting me be a co-executive producer on the spinoff and signing off on the deal that the studio gave me, which is unprecedented."
The Wild West of Executive Coaching from the Harvard Business Review by Stratford Sherman and Alyssa Freas. Great article on how executive coaching can be of benefit to you personally, your career and your company, but also explains how a coaching relationship works (especially if it is one paid for by your employer) and how to sniff out a great, qualified coach.
Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits. Major companies like Google have put their money where their mouth is and invested in figuring out what makes a great team. Spending millions upfront will result in major long term benefits because of how efficiently and effectively they can run their company, investing in people that have what it takes to take their company to the next level. Here's why that's important: by finding the right type of people to make their company escalate, it becomes worth it for them to pay their employees a higher salary (because everyone is a winner), whereas if they were hiring based on skills and values they perceived to be important (but evidence shows is actually not that important), they will be paying for mediocre employees that don't produce, which leads to less profits, which leads to lower salaries. Investing in teams and individuals at your company pays out big time.
How to Find Meaning in a Job That Isn't Your True Calling by Emily Esfahani Smith
This article notes that you can find meaning in any role in any organization. How so? Take a look at the article and let me know your thoughts.
Why Women Aren't C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were by Susan Chira
I'd love to get your thoughts about the opinions and data collected for this article. The article starts by stating, "It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." What do you think?
Linchpin: Are You Indispensible? by Seth Godin
This is my first Seth Godin book, and for those of you who work in the same space as I, that may sound unbelievable. How could I have missed out on this amazing speaker, writer, thought leader and game changer? I don't know what to tell you except that I have watched his clips on YouTube and have been inspired, but am only now delving into one of his books. Any thoughts on this for those who have read it?
Next On My List
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman
I've been on a fiction kick ever since I joined a book review site and read The Heirs by Susan Rieger (you can read the review below). I don't know much about this book and I'd almost rather keep it that way, but I do know that Reese Witherspoon's book club was reading it and she is making it into a major motion picture!
Get Backed: Craft Your Story, Build the Perfect Pitch Deck, and Launch the Venture of Your Dreams by Evan Baehr and Evan Loomis
I've been really intrigued by this book. It basically takes you through the essentials to build a great pitch to investors, including pitch decks and how to find investors. Great book for any startup trying to raise money.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
I've been wanting to read this book for a very long time. I didn't even want to borrow it from the library because I knew that I'd mark it up and treasure it forever. My most recent post, Why Finding your Passion is Overrated was inspired by one of the key concepts in this book. Elizabeth approaches creativity from a spirited, respectful and open perspective, inspiring you to honor your creativity. Creativity is given its own persona in this book and should it grace you with its presence, you better capture it and run. If you're looking to be inspired, or even if you're just interested in the topic, this one is a must read!
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Please put this as #1 on your reading list if you haven't read it already. Then buy it for anyone you care about and seek opportunities to be a part of the change. Sheryl and Nicholas take us through the stories of extraordinary women who are struggling to survive in parts of Africa and Asia, some being sold into sex slavery and others being subject to traumatizing events that leave them angry, scarred, sad yet determined. Nicholas and Sheryl beautifully and fiercely tell the story of how a small gesture of help can transform the lives of many women and girls abroad and what women can do when given just a little bit. You will see that by helping women globally is helping fight poverty globally. See a link to Sheryl's TED talk below and here. Also, something I'd like to eventually do with the community we build from Love, Sunday, is to start a fundraising project to lend to those on Kiva.org, a micro finance lending group. Please check out their story!
Not by Accident Podcast by Sophie Harper. I have been in love with this podcast since I heard the first two episodes on Strangers (another favorite). This podcast is independently produced by the narrator and storyteller herself, Sophie Harper, a 38 year old (at that time) single gay woman who was brave enough to recognize that she wanted to conceive a child and that she was willing to do it on her own. True leadership in the making. Listen as Sophie takes you thru the process, the reactions of friends, family and colleagues, her fears and her joys.
How I Built This by Guy Raz as the host. "How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight - told by the founders of some of the world's best known companies and brands. If you've ever built something from nothing, something you really care about - or even just dream about - check out How I Built This by Guy Raz."
StartUp Podcast from Gimlet Media. Listen from the beginning. This is a podcast about what it's really like to start a business. I really loved this podcast!
Strangers with Lea Thau. Storytelling at its finest. Lea Thau tells the stories of strangers and their unique circumstances in a way that makes you feel like you are forever friends.
I love almost all of Marie Forleo's videos, updated weekly. Check out her interviews with Elizabeth Gilbert, Kris Carr and Tony Robbins.
I'm also a huge fan of TED talks. I really enjoyed these: Money can buy happiness, Why we have too few women leaders, The key to success? Grit and Our century's greatest injustice, just to name a few (very few).
Also, please check out Claudia Chan's YouTube channel. Claudia is the founder of S.H.E. Summit and is a powerhouse in women's empowerment in media.
Aside from my go to websites for news and celebrity gossip (think theSkimm, The New York Times, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post and People) I also love sites geared towards inspiring working women and women on the move like A Cup of Jo, The Everygirl, Upperlyne & Co. and of course, Levo.com. Oh, not to forget - I absolutely love The New Potato, The World through the Lens of Food.
Do you have any books, podcasts, videos, websites, whatever, to share? Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org! I'd love to check it out.
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