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Worth noting for women in business

03 September 2013

Ruby recommends… Power posing, cookie clicker, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s tomatoes.

Ted talks to women

These three talks are ‘mistressful’: perfect if you’re short on time but long on inspiration.


Amy Cuddy, Associate Professor Business Administration Harvard Business School, on power posing and why faking it until you make it really does work: “Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behaviour, and our behaviour can change our outcomes.”

Something new from Amy and two of her colleagues, this article in Harvard Business Review, 'Connect, Then Lead' makes the case for why, if you want to have long-lasting influence, it’s better to be loved than feared.

One of Barbra Streisand’s favourites is Hanna Rosin, journalist, commentator: “What the economy requires now is a whole different set of skills: You need intelligence, you need an ability to sit still and focus, to communicate openly to be able to listen to people and to operate in a workplace that is much more fluid than it used to be. Those are things that women do extremely well.”


Loretta Napoleoni was our June 2013 ROM She is an author, political and economic commentator. Here, she turns her eye to “the grey zone where crime and unregulated credit meet”. Loretta Napoleoni’s great skill “is to join the dots, to follow the money: to do, in short, all the things that financial and policing authorities ought to do”.


An American survey in 2011 found that Baby Boomers are more concerned about losing their memories than death. One other First-world angst - no matter what your generational cohort - is dieting. What’s the best diet? Do diets work? Which diet will work for me, aka: ‘Is this the silver bullet I’ve been looking for?’

There are masses of articles online comparing and contrasting diets - the fads and the diets that have been around so long they are known as ‘cave-man’ and/or ‘paleo’ eating.

Some of the most popular in the ‘early-man’ style include:

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf and Loren Cordain

The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy by Mark Sisson


Then there are the celebrity diets such as the M-Plan, which consists of mushrooms for lunch and dinner for 14 days, or Alkaline eating, which is a Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow fave (as seen here picking tomatoes for heirloom salad on Goop, her online magazine site). Alkaline eating is based on lots of fruit and vegetable and keeping the body’s pH balance at 7.35 to 7.45.

There’s also the philosophy that early man had days of no food and that we should: eat, fast, eat.

Sept2013cookie clicker

If you’re on a fasting day why not try the latest app fad, cookie clicker, to take your mind off the pain.


Planning a different holiday? The world’s second largest movie industry behind India’s Bollywood is situated in Hengdian (pictured left on trip advisor) in China’s Dongyang province. Trip advisor rates it 3rd of 32 attractions in the province.



  • Larke Riemer

    Larke Riemer 6 years ago

    Love this section in Articles - gives a great overview. Not sure about the mushroom diet though not really a big fan of them. Loretta is always a great read.