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“I don’t like your work”

That doesn’t mean I don’t like you. The difference is critical. It’s impossible to be a productive professional if you insist on conjoining them. Here are two useful things to consider: There is plenty of disliked work from people (and things) where I don’t even know the creator. I don’t like John Adam’s operas, and I’ve never even met him. If it’s possible to dislike something without knowing the person behind it, I hope we can embrace the fact that they’re unrelated.   If we need everyone to like our work in order to feel grounded, it means that we’ll sacrifice the best of what we could create in order to dumb it down for whatever masses happen to be speaking up. Which will make it more average (aka mediocre) and thus eliminate any magic we had hoped to create. If someone cares enough to dislike our work, the best response is, “thank you.” Thank you for taking the time to consider it, thank you for caring enough to let me know…
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Dear male allies

A memo to the many wonderful male allies supporting us on International Women’s day. Thank you for your support. It can be hard to speak out about feminism as a man. Hard, in particular to feel as though you have the right. So sometimes you may accidentally say things that don’t help because, well, no one is perfect. Because I know you truly care, I hope that you’ll appreciate some gentle feedback. So here are my watch outs for male allies this International Women’s Day. 1. Please don’t say: You have a daughter I am sure that you cared before you were personally invested in caring but unfortunately this doesn’t read like that. I was recently at a feminist conference where a male speaker got his daughters to record a five minute film talking about him being a good dad before he gave his address. This accidentally flipped his presentation to being women praising a man, when he was supposed to be elevating the voices of women. The intention was good. The delivery was not. Talk about what parenting has taught you,
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Loud vs. important

Broken systems get worse when we confuse the loud voices with the important ones. Spend a lot of time listening to the loudest complaints and you will elevate those voices to importance, because you’re no longer carefully listening to the more easily overlooked constituents. A persistent typist with a keyboard might be a cranky critic, but is this the person you set out to serve? If an airline makes 84% of its profit on leisure travelers, it’s not clear that the person who flies once a year on a last-minute first class fare is the person they ought to be paying the most attention to. We can acknowledge that someone is upset, we can see them, respect them and help them. But we shouldn’t get confused that there’s a correlation between their ALL CAPS EFFORT AT ATTENTION and our agenda to serve the people we seek to serve. This is a piece by Seth Godin and first appeared on his blog here
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Redesigning parenthood

Co-working spaces that have revolutionized the traditional 9-to-5 are turning their attention to the full-time job of parenting. To put it mildly, co-working spaces are on the rise. Freelancers and corporate entities alike are flocking to the flexible shared environments with enthusiasm: since 2010, coworking spaces have grown at an average rate of 23% per year, according to research from JLL. And this growth shows no signs of stopping, with the number of global coworking members expected to grow to 3.8 million by 2020 and 5.1 million by 2022.
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Skill vs planning

If you’re a gardener, planting orange trees in Ottawa, and nothing’s growing, it’s possible to beat yourself up, burn yourself out and say, “I’m a bad gardener.” Or, You could realize that oranges aren’t easy to grow in Ottawa. You could either move to Cuba or plant winter wheat instead. But don’t beat yourself up just because the climate doesn’t match your seeds.   This is a piece by Seth Godin and first appeared on his blog here

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Dear male allies. By Elle Graham-Dixon.

A memo to the many wonderful male allies supporting us on International Women’s day. Thank you for your support. It can be hard to speak out about feminism as a man. Hard, in particular to feel as though you have the right. So sometimes you may accidentally say things that don’t help because, well, no one is perfect. Because I know you truly care, I hope that you’ll appreciate some gentle feedback.

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IWD 2019: thoughts from the women in our network

This year, to celebrate International Women's Day 2019, we went to our network to ask them one question: Two years on from #metoo, and with recent reports showing the significant gender pay gap, what do you think we can do as an industry and individuals to move the conversation forward and make change quicker?

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Imposter syndrome and how to deal with it

Congratulations!  You've just been promoted / picked up an award / won a big pitch but instead of giving yourself a well deserved pat on the back, you cannot shake the creeping fear that Toto is going to pull back the curtain and expose you for what you really are…a fraud - and sooner or later everyone’s going to find out, writes Tanya Livesy.

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