My publisher and I are close to figuring out the new title of the Book-Formerly-Known-As-Mosaic. In theory, my latest round of edits was due back October 1st. But after making a certain quantity of changes, I had to stop. Eventually, not having a title becomes a problem for editing. While the bulk of the manuscript is going to be the same no matter what I call it, a good title echoes through the text. You name check it every few pages or so as a way of pulling together the book as a coherent whole. When you don’t have a title, you can’t do that. So once you’ve addressed obvious problems, it’s just inefficient to keep editing without it. You know the work you do you’ll have to undo.
My piece on dealing with colleagues who use time as a weapon ran at Fast Company.
According to a new study, small talk doesn’t help women in negotiations, but it does help men.
I’ve been reading Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. I generally read it before bed. It works for winding down. Slow, with lots of references to national income and inflation and private capital and such topics that don’t get the heart racing (usually). I begin to suspect, about 160 pages in, that a lot of people who claim to love it or hate it have not read it all the way through. I suspected the same thing after reading Lean In.
Richard Branson was in the news a week or so ago with talk that his personal staff (of 170!) could have “unlimited vacation.” But wait, there’s a catch: “The assumption being that they are only going to do it when they feel 100% comfortable that they and their team are up to date on every project and that their absence will not in any way damage the business – or, for that matter, their careers!” So there’s that. I suspect that unlimited vacation winds up looking a lot like my vacation policy. I travel a lot, and take time away from the office when I wish. But I am almost never completely unplugged. I rarely go more than 48 hours without doing something work-related. If I don’t do it, no one else will. I don’t mind that trade off, but for those who view vacation as a time to be completely separate from work, this policy will probably not be all it’s cracked up to be. (Hat tip to reader Nicola for sending me the BBC story).
My little girl turns 3 this weekend. The birthdays have been coming fast and furious! Fortunately, everyone has wanted a party at a place that “does” parties and basically takes care of everything. I am very happy to sit back, relax, and pay the bill at the end.