Issue #125 – The Secret of Being Nice
Today’s issue is sponsored by the publishers of Fran Hauser’s The Myth of The Nice Girl, a new book with a philosophy we share and an author of whom we are both fan girls ever since her days at Time, Inc. We are grateful to be part of the loop of women helping women and hope you can also support this book by reading it or gifting it to an ambitious woman in your life whether her career is budding or seasoned (makes a great grad gift). Our list, of course, is 100% editorial as always.
The What List
April 18, 2018
by Gina Pell + Amy Parker
100% Editorial picks. No pay for play. Ever.
The Question. Why do smart people do stupid things? We may all think we’re exceptions to this vexing question but see if you answer the bias riddle correctly.
The Danger. Do you feel fairly confident about drinking and bathing in your tap water? Wait until you read what environmental freedom fighter Erin Brokovich has to say about it. You might switch back to bottled, which is an environmental problem in itself.
The Lab. We’re always looking for better To Do list organizers and have yet to find a great one that’s free and easy to use. This month we are tryingGoogle’s Keep. We’ll let you know how it goes.
The Bliss. For those of you familiar with 420 Day, here’s a nifty Beboe box set with tantalizing rose gold THC and CBD-filled implements, as well as rose colored pastilles, designed to make things a little warmer, calmer, and quiet. Talk about a perfect Mother’s Day Gift.
The Balance. Join our friend Tiffany Shlain for 50/50 Day on April 26th, 2018, a day of film, discussion, live-streamed speakers, action pledges and global conversation. All Issues. All Genders. All Races. Sign up your company, school, organization or as an individual at your home for 50/50 Day. Any time on April 26th, any size event. It’s all free and takes 2 minutes to sign up. And bring the men and boys in your life to be a part of this. 50-50Day.org #GettingTo5050
The Farewell. We’d like to take a moment to honor the passing of Barbara Bush, the wife and mother of two U.S. Presidents. Regardless of our political affiliation it’s hard not to admire and revere this outspoken, intelligent woman who in the ’80s and ’90s showed compassion for AIDS patients at a time when few people did.
How to be a Boss has been a viral meme for almost a decade: Girlboss, Bosslady, #likeaboss. Think Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Miranda in The Devil Wears Prada, an impeccably dressed ballbuster who kicks ass, takes names, manipulates others and has one face for home (usually sad) and another for work (always mean). She’s a frigid monarch obsessed with perfection and proud of the dog-eat-dog environment she’s cultivated at work. In the past, we’ve worked with a few of these people who lead with fear rather than love and every time we’ve regretted it. Before we knew better, we sacrificed our own values of civility and kindness in order to work with rising star clients, category leaders, or a load of cash. But in the end, we learned that being nice and working with nice people is not only sustainable and joyful but directly and positively impacts the bottom line for all parties involved. Nice is a necessity and Fran Hauser’s The Myth of the Nice Girl is the instruction manual. Whether you are … [continue reading]
“People treat me nice ’cos I treat them nice.”