Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekend Reading: The Unconscious Bias Edition

Wow, it is Friday again. This week went by fast. My 10th wedding anniversary was on Wednesday. My sister came over and watched the kids so that Mr. Snarky and I could have the evening out. We decided to keep the evening low key, since we have the big trip to France coming up and can call that our proper anniversary celebration.

So we went out to dinner at the local pizza joint where we ate on the night Mr. Snarky proposed to me. He didn't actually propose over pizza- he waited until we were walking home on the beach. (This was during our years living in a beach community.) Still, it seemed fitting to go back to the same restaurant. Then we strolled along the beach and up to our former local pub. The owner was tending bar and bought us beers, just like he did a couple of nights before we left for our "big trip."

It was all very nice, but the owner bought me one more beer than I really needed, so Thursday was a little rougher than it had to be.

Anyway, on to the links... I have a bunch of links about unconscious bias this week.

First up, Brainpickings reviews a book on the topic that looks really good. The ocean current metaphor is a powerful one.

Next, Freada Kapor Klein writes about how companies need to innovate in their "people ops."

Our biases are making Black women virtually invisible in the workplace.

And Mark Creamer has a useful post about how to "disengage" from our own biases.

Here's a new Medium collection about the women of Silicon Valley- and not that god-awful casting call that was making the rounds a few weeks ago.

The Salesforce CEO is taking a radical approach to solving the pay gap in his company: he's giving women raises.

Kate Heddleston continues to write excellent posts about management failures in tech that impede progress towards achieving a diverse workplace. The latest is about the perils of the null process.

I was going to make a little "promos" section, but as it turns out, I only have one actual promo link: Laura Vanderkam's next book, I Know How She Does It, is now available for preorder. She interviewed me for the book, and I think I made it into one or two sections, so I have extra incentive to read it. But I would have read it anyway- I enjoy reading about how other people make it all work. I pick up some really good ideas that way!

I thought I'd have a link to some new products in the design section of my business, but it has actually rained here (a little) for the last couple of days, so I have been unable to take good product photos. Maybe I'll get the listings up by next week.

I should also have cover reveals for the first two books I've signed, soon, too... but I don't have them yet.

Now, for some fun things:

A dog drives a tractor and causes a traffic jam.

The Apple II watch. Definitely check out who wrote the most highly rated comment on this post.

My new theme song:

Luckily, Mr. Snarky appreciates what he has.


  1. Congratulations on your tenth wedding anniversary!

    The Laura Vanderkam book sounds really interesting, all the more so because you were interviewed for it. =) And I'm very much looking forward to the cover reveals for the first two books from your new publishing press!

  2. Happy anniversary! We celebrated our 11th last month.

    By the way, I love your links posts. I always find something interesting.

  3. Happy Anniversary! And thanks for mentioning my book. You'll be happy to know that we've been reading Petunia, the Girl Who Was NOT a Princess nightly around here. It may get read to the preschool class tomorrow since it's my reading day and my daughter decided that was more appropriate than the A Potty For Me book (which she also adores - but as she noted, everyone in the class already knows how to go).


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