Five [Awesome] Things I Read This (Last) Week, 6.09.2014

You’ll have to forgive the tardiness of this wrap-up.  This week . . . it’s been a hot mess.  In a really exciting and crazy way, but still:  hot mess.  The reads for this (last?) week, however, remain awesome.  Check them out!

 
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  1. Belle from Capitol Hill Style with Work Wednesday: An Undercut to the Chin:

    Most people assume that if you’re in a position of power, you deserve to be there and if you project that power, they won’t doubt your skills unless you give them a reason to do so.  But many women assume that they’re being doubted, so they try to compensate for the presumed doubt up front.  All this does is weaken their position and undercut their status.

  2. Why Louie is like Great Literature, by Gila Lyons for the Ploughshares Round-Down:

    Isn’t that what great literature does, too? In telling us a story it makes the water we blindly swim through shimmer, it shows us our world—and our humanity—in a way we understood but hadn’t yet articulated or even noticed.

  3. Esther Emery with When White Women Talk about Race: A Case for Thoughtful Self-Censorship:

    Women, do you remember that time that a man showed up to “help” you? Or take care of you? Or fix you? Do you remember that sometimes that was actually helpful, but other times it was suffocating or condescending?

  4. Brenna D’Ambrosio from Beautiful Things with We Will Call it Good:

    So today I’ll try to write, but I’ll also do some laundry, clean up some rooms, and wash the dishes. I’ll let them sit next to me for a bit, passing over crayons and asking them to do the illustrations. Then I’ll shut the door and take all that love for them, and all my hopes and dreams that I carry for them, and put them on paper.

  5. When an Inability to Make Decisions is Actually Fear of Conflict, by Ron Ashkenas for the Harvard Business Review Blog:

    [T]hey miss some of the basic principles and tools necessary to engage in positive conflict, such as defining the overarching goal to be achieved, identifying common ground, focusing on the problem instead of the person, objectively listing points of agreement and disagreement, listening more than talking, and shifting from debating to problem-solving. While none of these principles are rocket science, they’re also not necessarily skills that everyone is born with.

 

Okay, that’s a wrap!  What awesome things have you been reading lately?

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