Don’t be so nice!

Jane Caro has some fantastic words to say at Women’s Agenda today about how damaging and backwards it can be when one is ‘nice’ ahead of being brave, insightful and effective:

I have become very impatient with individuals and organisations that seek to do good but are so mortally afraid of giving offence, they end up doing nothing.

This has hit a bit too close to home. To the point that I’ve vacillated five times while writing this as I go for a gentler, less ‘offensive’ way to say this (though what I’m actually looking for is something less direct – I challenge anyone to find something truly offensive in my words here).

To back it up, in came this quote from explore-blog:

Jobs was quiet during the pitch, but he seemed intrigued throughout, and now it was time for him to talk. He looked around the room filled with the “Think Different” billboards and said, “This is great, this is really great … but I can’t do this. People already think I’m an egotist, and putting the Apple logo up there with all these geniuses will get me skewered by the press.” The room was totally silent. The “Think Different” campaign was the only campaign we had in our bag of tricks, and I thought for certain we were toast. Steve then paused and looked around the room and said out loud, yet almost as if to his own self, “What am I doing? Screw it. It’s the right thing. It’s great. Let’s talk tomorrow.” In a matter of seconds, right before our very eyes, he had done a complete about-face. 

My favourite thing about this story is the impact it has on the author. He’s completely floored by Steve Jobs’ ability to drop a previous decision (even in the face of judgement) and make a call that’s the best thing for his work, even though it’ll mean more criticism and effort for him personally. That’s class.

Bonus interesting: LEDs that give out more light energy than they receive as electrical energy:


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