During this epidemic, I've been doing more reading, listening, and introspective thinking. In an effort to remember and share some of what I learned, I'm going to start posting my most interesting weekly thoughts, coupled with the best of my listening and reading list, and occasional MergeLane portfolio news. If you’d like to follow these Takeaway Tuesdays and our occasional blog posts, you can subscribe to our blog or follow me on twitter.
Question I’m Pondering: I’m deeply saddened about the state of our country this week. After some reflection, I’ve realized that my fear of how my participation may be received given my white privilege has largely kept me on the sidelines of this issue. It’s made me wonder how many others have stayed on the sidelines because of similar fears and whether shedding my fear could encourage others to step up. I’ve taken some of these recommendations for immediate action. I’m listening, reading and thinking about the best way to authentically extend support.
Writing: I made the commitment to stop concocting excuses and to give truthful responses to requests for my time (at least 90% of the time) in Do We Really Need an Excuse to Say No?
Learnings and Realizations: My colleague Leah Pearlman badly cut her finger and has been in sheer awe of the body’s ability to heal itself. This made her wonder if and how the mind might also be able to heal itself. I saw this in action this week. My husband Derek and I spent a few days apart for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown. We had a heated pandemic-induced fight before he left. After only two days apart, the content of our argument seemed almost insignificant. This has me thinking about how I might apply “time to heal” to solve other issues in my life.
I realized that I often interview other people because I think they will have more profound thoughts than I do. While interviewing broadens my perspective and shapes my thinking, I can also stifle my own voice and even undermine my credibility in the process.
Listen of the Week: Jim Dethmer — How to Shift from Victim Consciousness, Reduce Drama, Practice Candor, Be Fully Alive, and More - The Tim Ferriss Show. Many of you have heard me talk about how Conscious Leadership has improved every aspect of my life. This episode is an excellent primer/refresher on the subject.
Portfolio Quick Hit: Tinyhood launched its baby care video series. April sales were up 62% over March. Ask: Tinyhood is looking for connections to HR benefit leaders and small business owners in order to extend Tinyhood services as a corporate perk.
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I find that I have to expend three times more energy to feel productive during the holidays. This pattern tends to persist not only during the week of July 4th, but for the entire month of July.
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I have fielded several requests for introductions this week. I like to be helpful, but I also like to be respectful of my network’s time. I'd like to share a few tips for making double opt-in intros easy.
I’ve always thought of myself as someone who has a modern marriage. Three months into this COVID-19 situation, however, I'm starting to feel like I'm stuck in a 1950s sitcom.
In a conversation on my partners Sue and Leah’s Marco Polo Channel this week, I shared that my fear of how my participation may be received given my white privilege has historically kept me on the sidelines of the racial equality conversation. Guest coach Kimberly Smith gave me some great advice.
As a VC, I have the opportunity to build relationships with people who have tremendous resources. I often hesitate to ask my network to support philanthropic causes, because I want to respect our business relationship. After seeing the impact of COVID-19, however, I decided it was time to ask.
I post my most interesting weekly thoughts, coupled with the best of my listening and reading list, and occasional MergeLane portfolio news each Tuesday. Here’s the best of what I’ve read and listened to this week:
I invited Dick Rothkopf, co-founder of Learning Curve International, the manufacturer of the Thomas the Tank Engine toys, to share his thoughts on how to spot big thinkers and big ideas with the propensity to scale, and how to help entrepreneurs think bigger.
During this epidemic, I've been doing more reading, listening, and introspective thinking. In an effort to remember and share some of what I learned, I'm going to start posting my most interesting weekly thoughts + the best of my listening and reading list + occasional MergeLane portfolio news.
Two people I admire recently shared their silver lining in our global COVID-19 pandemic—an excuse to say no to the constant stream of requests for their time. I’ve made great strides in saying no with candor, but it left me wondering: Can I really stop using excuses for my nos?