Last weekend was really great, lots of sunshine, biking, and family time. The food truck festival at Monmouth Park racetrack was fun for the foodie in me and winning a trifecta was icing on the cake.

During quieter moments, I found these pieces to share to help support the compassionate leader in you:

● This is making its way around the Internet, so if you’ve seen it, you know why I’m sharing it for those who haven’t yet: NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo answers a reporter’s question about what’s not failure. Love this.

● No party for these execs, but some great insights from Brian Fretwell on Instagram on redirecting your team.

Noteworthy 🖋
Water Tech Corporation

For those of you who have pools and spas, how do you clean them? Have you seen these products from one of DBE’s “making the world better” clients, Water Tech Corporation? Their innovative technology makes enjoying your pool much easier with its electronic vacuums and brooms. There are even robotic, cordless models. Every product is designed to take the hassle out of keeping your pool clean for you, your family, and your pool party friends. Learn more here: Water Tech Corporation.

Do Good Spotlight
🌟 Wounded Warriors Project & Hope for the Warriors 🌟

In last week’s issue I asked you to find some time on Monday, Memorial Day, to honor those who gave their lives protecting our country. This week, I’m asking you to help active military members and surviving veterans. Here’s how you can learn more: The Wounded Warriors Project and Hope for the Warriors.

  • Do you have an abundance or scarcity mindset, and in the case of the latter, does it perpetuate poor circumstances? This podcast from Freakonomics is a very heady philosophical piece with some science mixed in. If you stick with it, I think you’ll appreciate the wrap up, but it will be an investment of time, unless you skim (or use AI to summarize it for you).
  • There’s too much great insight in this article for you not to spend a few minutes with it. Nora Morikawa, a computational linguist at LinkedIn who specializes in language and gender, shares notes on the “feminine register” in business and how it affects women’s careers. Here’s one quote: “’If they [women] use more indirect speech, hedge their statements, or accommodate their audiences, they are dinged for being meek or self-effacing and blamed for not being more successful. At the same time, if they speak very directly, interrupt and avoid other features of stereotypically feminine speech, they risk being labeled difficult or pushy.’” I’ve lived this and so have most, if not all, high-achieving businesswomen. Note: this isn’t about what men are or aren’t doing–it’s about how we’re all socialized and how we need to recognize those influences so we can bring about the equity we’re collectively striving for.
  • Some sobering news about coffee, and yes, I’m well into the 66% of Americans who drink it daily. (I’m down to one mug in the morning and, if I’m made to get up early for some cruel reason, there’s a second mug later in the day.)
  • And some scary info from The Wall Street Journal about a rise in phone thefts that lead to instant ID theft. And of course, how to avoid the problem in the first place.

It’s a short week this week, and I hope you’ve got good plans for the weekend. I’ll have another set of recommended reads for you next week. For now, stay focused and stay strong—we only have one of you.


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Published On: 06/01/2023 / Categories: Niki's Notes / Tags: , , /

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