Issue #79 A List for Curious People
Last week we asked for your feedback on what we could do to make tW a newsletter you would would tell all your friends about. Thank you for so many insightful suggestions. One recurring question readers had was about our Lab reviews with products and wellness practices. It has taken awhile to test everything because we wanted to give each experiment ample time to work or fail. The What Lab Report will be published in mid-June. We love knowing you’re out there. If you haven’t already, please share your suggestions on how we can make this thing the best by emailing us here. Wishing you a week, make that a year, of smooth sailing and gentle breezes.
The What List
May 10, 2017
by Gina Pell + Amy Parker
100% Editorial picks. No pay for play. Ever.
The Books — Here is the actual stack of books we are reading this summer in preparation for our Best Fall Fiction 2017 feature. Please let us know if we should add another title to our stack in the comments section on Instagram or Facebook. All books must be new fiction from 2017.
The Test — Quizzes are for the back of Cosmo or for teeny boppers. But when we saw this Carl Jung Archetype quiz on Fb posted by a formidable brainiac and all-around superstar surgeon, we took it ourselves. She got Caregiver, which is spot-on. We both got Explorer, ditto. Which archetype are you?
The Habit — Do you talk to yourself out loud? We do constantly, especially when working on a difficult task. Here’s why it’s a good practice from theHarvard Business Review.
The Conference — Amy + Gina will be attending the BlogHer17 Conference in Orlando June 22-24 where GP is giving a spotlight talk on Perennials. Tickets are usually $999 but The What Readers get 100 percent off.
The Designer — Raquel Diniz is a Brazilian model who launched her career as a fashion designer last year. Just south of $1000, her eponymous gowns are a splurge but the quality and fit are on par with spendier, heavy hitters like Balenciaga, YSL, and Valentino. The last designer we felt this way about was Tom Ford.
THE WHAT IS
At the start of this week, we met separately with three leaders of various ages: late 20s, late 40s, and late 50s. Perennials to the core. The youngest of the three is on a director-level ascent to marketing stardom while the other two are industry legends who continue to evolve creatively–one is a dot com trailblazer and the other, a visionary in the hospitality industry.
We try to set aside a few days a month to connect with leaders with whom we share an affinity, people we enjoy spending time with. Sometimes they mentor us. Sometimes we mentor them. Or, we commiserate, share a few laughs, and troubleshoot over a drink. It’s how we’ve initiated some of our greatest business partnerships, but that’s certainly not why we do it. Connecting and sharing with people in our field without an agenda (or feeling competitive or holding our best ideas close to the vest) is energizing and nourishing in a way that staying closed can’t provide.
What came to mind after these meetings were two articles. The first on age, wisdom, and the concept of the Modern Elder, written by the very wise Chip Conley whom we visited at Airbnb HQ. The second about Mean Girls vs. Includers written by the sage and soulful Lisa McCrohan. Each is an important read for both leaders who run teams and the teammates who work under them. Our favorite leaders are people who empower their teams and who are committed to building confidence and highlighting strengths, not tearing people down. If this doesn’t describe your situation at work, get out while you can. And that applies to the team leaders especially.
“We live in a society that wants to pit women against each other, and it’s our job to resist the tyranny of that.”
– Lena Dunham