I’m a real believer in the value of sharing with others what we know and have learnt in both life and business. To that end, I’m excited to share with you my new monthly digest of the conversations and stories that are keeping me connected to our world and to people.
This month I’m learning about self-confidence from one of our greatest women athletes, reading about how to build compassion, and studying one of our more fascinating and potential future destination planets, Mars:
I came across this video on my Twitter feed. This talented filmmaker took anaglyph images of Mars to show the diverse topography of the planet’s surface and then turned the images into a film that makes you feel like you’re flying above Mars. This video is the best kind of inspiration or meditation to tuck into when you have free time. I’ve bookmarked it!
Hayley Wickenheiser On Life Lessons From The Ice by Makers.com
Sports can teach us a lot about who we are and how we conduct ourselves. It’s one reason why I hold many exceptional Canadian athletes in high esteem. Hayley Wickenheiser is one of my favourites. She’s not afraid to share the lessons she had to learn in order to become an Olympic medalist. In this interview, she shares how she had to grow a thick skin to ignore the criticism of people who often said to her “no, you shouldn’t be here.” She learned that self-confidence had to be part of everything she did in life, not just when she was on the ice. It’s a great watch for anyone aspiring to do more, and a great read of encouragement to help more girls stay in sports.
Disrupt Yourself Podcast with Susan Cain on Introversion hosted by Whitney Johnson
With the recent recording of my new podcast series with CBC, I’ve started to pay attention to the huge range of wonderful podcasts available online. I recently listened to Management Thinker Whitney Johnson’s interview with Author Susan Cain about introverts as disruptors. I’m an introvert, and I like spending time alone to think and create, so this discussion really resonated with me. Johnson and Cain dig into how introverts can develop skills to become great leaders, and discuss practical programs that companies are using to increase engagement among introverts and extroverts. The big takeaway? Introverts don’t have to change who they are to create big change.
Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women? via The Atlantic
It’s no secret that women continue to face immense challenges in tech and business - the same stories are being told from when I started my career. That’s why I like to learn about initiatives that show real action to fix the problems. Project Include, highlighted in this Atlantic article, is an example of an initiative started by women in Silicon Valley, who are helping companies and investors become more inclusive. We need to keep sharing these solutions and encouraging others to take action so we can help women leaders and entrepreneurs succeed.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
I love a great fiction book I can dig into whether flying to Calgary or resting at our family cottage. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult is at the top of the Good Reads list of fiction books. To me, the book will always have relevance because of its main theme: the need to be compassionate towards each other as human beings. The story is about a nurse in Connecticut whose experiences in a hospital make her confront her own issues on race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion. We can learn a lot from this book about how to build trust with each other and to stand up for one another despite our differences.