Ok, it’s that time when I give myself permission to wander off topic…
Happy to hear that our new Papal Father is a Jesuit. (They educated me at Boston College High School, so you can blame them for anything you don’t like about this blog.) Unfortunately Pope Frank doesn’t have serious cred as a reformer (a topic for a separate post on the problems of patriarchy and autocracy in our organizations). But at BLFR we like to accent the positive: unlike his predecessor this pontiff has never bashed rock & roll as “the devil’s music”—which is the minimal standard we hold church leaders to at BLFR.
The Marissa Mayer furor (did the new Yahoo CEO sell out working mothers by demanding her employees work from home?) continues. This from a piece in The Boston Globe Magazine: “Mayer didn’t succeed by changing the rules of corporate America as she climbed the career ladder. She did it by winning at the old rules, by outsmarting and outworking everyone else in the office.” In fact, as a Google exec she may have set the company record for pulling the most all-nighters. Bottom line: she’s the last person corporate moms should be looking to for work-life balance.
I’m still hurt that I wasn’t asked to be a speaker at the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) convention. After all, I’m very traditional in the things that matter. I still hand-write my notes, send paper birthday cards, avoid eBooks, and—most importantly—prefer classic rock. How could I be more conservative?
My European and Asian readers occasionally complain about the US-centric view of this blog. So in a shameless ploy to boost international readership, BLFR will be switching to a metric calendar beginning on April 1. This is a first for an American blog.