A few years back, we got headlines like “women made strides with Nobel prizes“.
And I remember hearing our shared winner of Economics said she studied ways which societies managed to share work load,
from fisheries to farming. I assumed she was trying to crack the “non-zero sum” code, or something similar to
Network Theory (how we are most affected by “weaker ties”, a few degrees of separation away from us).
The speed of microprocessors has ushered in nothing short of an information/knowledge revolution.
Essentially, each of us serves as a “node” in our social connectedness.
Back in my sales days, we treated these “nodes” as “sales leads” or “warm calls”.
Whether their influence is positive or negative, they influence nevertheless.
( I remembered for instance one real estate guy who did not like watermelon with seeds, or my former boss who enjoys yoga and sushi).
Our social memory, only to be referred to or occasionally resurfaced as our own, idiocy or idiosyncrasy, constantly gets its supply from myriads of stimuli (new book title, another headline, latest franchise movie like Fast and Furious or Friday the 13th).
Back to our headline. When I grew up, I admired names like Marie Curie and Marilyn Monroe (I did know that one was French, and the other American, and how far apart they were, spectrum wise: science vs the arts).
Now, I remember Avon and Ebay former CEO’s (now HP’s).
And I remember my mom, the greatest multi-tasker I have ever known: teacher, mother, wife, cook and great relative to a very large extended family. She managed it all, earning her French teaching credential during that colonial era, to eventually pass away gracefully in a West Virginian nursing home. Her secret: putting herself last. Servant leadership.
Teaching load, laundry load, and household-budget. Women are better at multi-tasking than men (Maria Shriver, one of the Kennedys, was caught on tape yapping away on a cell phone, against CA law). Microprocessing speed and fat pipe will only accelerate the process (of helping women make greater strides, in all spheres).
I would add telecommuting as a great enhancer of load balancing. And a quiet Maytag also helps.
Next studies on collaboration should incorporate machines into the mix. Imagine how fast it could have been had those first Honeywell computers (actually appliances) been sold well. It still doesn’t lessen the burden of a traveling executive, male or female. But then, that’s where out social networking comes in to complete the transformation of the Third Wave, which has swept away both Marie Curie and Marilyn Monroe, leaving only Madame Secretary in its wake (as of this edit, it’s now J. Kerry).