It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.
From the Commonwealth Club introduction to the interview with Laura Huang:
Laura Huang, a preeminent Harvard Business School professor, says that success is about gaining an edge: that elusive quality that gives you an upper hand and attracts attention and support. Some people seem to naturally have it. She says the rest of us can create our own successes from the challenges and biases we think hold us back, turning them to work in our favor.
Huang argues that success is rarely just about the quality of our ideas, credentials and skills, or our effort. Instead, she says achieving success hinges on how well we shape others’ perceptions—of our strengths, certainly, but also of our flaws. It’s about creating our own edge by confronting the factors that seem like shortcomings and turning them into assets that make others take notice.
Adrienne Rich was famous for her poetry and she also wrote some remarkable prose. In these days of fake news, disinformation and lies told daily, it’s helpful to look into the price we personally pay for lying. From her book On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978,
In lying to others we end up lying to ourselves. We deny the importance of an event, or a person, and thus deprive ourselves of a part of our lives. Or we use one piece of the past or present to screen out another. Thus we lose faith even within our own lives.
While painful to read about the toll we are all paying for lying, ultimately, this is an uplifting and inspiring book.
I mentioned Layla F. Saad’s book “Me and White Supremacy” at the beginning of last year. After spending the entire year in a study group devoted to each of the questions in this book, I’m more than ever convinced that we all need to grapple with these questions. This video is an interview with Layla which explains how and why she came to write the book and why it is so important for white people to do the work of dismantling racism in our society. Happily, the book is now #8 on the NY Times best seller list. I’m thrilled to see that people are giving it the attention that it deserves. The more you know about how white supremacy plays out in your life, the better you will be at combating it.
Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.
See you again in two weeks,