An interesting perspective on power struggles in relationships. As an author, I tend to use these explorations as a playground to pit my characters against one another and force them to grow. There are always power struggles in relationships. However, for many people, these can be crippling and derailing. If you have a power struggle in your relationship, I hope this article provides some guidance to get out from under it.
Apparently, I'm missing a lot by not being on YouTube. Perhaps I should start a vlog...
I found myself inspired by the artful writing of the episode "5 to 9" in the 6th season of House. It was an excellent episode about the pressure of being a female leader. It focused entirely on a day in the life of Dean of Medicine Lisa Cuddy. She balances pressure and stress at work, a family, a boyfriend, and that crazy, cranky doctor that we all know and love. If you haven't seen the episode, or haven't seen it in a while, watch it on Netflix this weekend and give a salute to all of the hardworking women of this world.
This article summarizes a lot of really great points about the need to stay grounded as a leader. If you look at all of our great leaders, they stayed true to themselves even in times of chaos. How do you stay true to yourself when the pressures on?
This article takes a stab at defining a universal model of leadership. Warning: might make your brain hurt a bit.
Chief Justice Sereno form the Philippines is right. Women shouldn't regret time with their family. They also shouldn't have to forsake time with their family for their career. As a matter of fact, men shouldn't either. Here's hoping the new millennial generation brings a little bit more work/life balance into the corporate mindset, especially here in the U.S. People should live filling and productive lives, without having to sacrifice their family time.
If you watch a lot of the work coming out of Hollywood you would realize that we need more female filmmakers and directors. There are a ton of roles for men. Women have to run around in high heels even when they're supposed to be chasing down the bad guy. A lot of female characters are just props or love interests to spice things up, but they have no will of their own. Here is a film festival that celebrates female filmmakers. Here's hoping they make it to the big screen!
In this article President of G(irls)20 Farah Mohamed talks about some interesting results from the G(irls)20 Summit held in Istanbul. Many international development organizations have identified the women labor force as a key to economic growth, but how are women supposed to go into the labor market when millions of women in developing countries don't even receive a basic education?
Like most issues under the banner of gender inequality, the State of Women Entrepreneurship claims that things are not great, but getting better. You may not feel it on a daily basis as a woman, and it may not be overt, there are obviously forces at work that are preventing women from starting and running their own business if they only make up 4.8% business revenue in the U.S. Like most forms of discrimination, it may not be in your face. It's the quiet way that the bank turns you down for a loan because your a single mother, or the way that distributors charge you more for their services than male customers. It's silent, but heinously effective.
All of the new entrepreneurs out there should read this article on the 7 personality types to blend together to create the perfect leadership team. Of course, as a writer, I also have to create different personality types and throw them into together. When the hero and the heroine are too similar, story lines tend to loose their spark. So what are the personality types that blend together for a good story?
1. The go getter - they keep the plot moving
2. The I'd like to leave now - they create the obstacle
3. The maverick - they do what they want, when they want and they're so fun about it
4. The voice of reason - to keep the reader sane
I'm sure there anyone else have any lovely personality types to mix up with these ones?
I write about power dynamics in relationships, the empowerment of women, and the ethical and moral dilemmas love can create in our lives. This is a space where I meditate on those themes and share them with the word. Who knows, my next novel may start right here...