Opinion
30 Oct 2017 03:00pm

Between the lines

Dr Haley Beer, assistant professor at Warwick Business School, on the books that have most profoundly influenced her outlook

I WISH…
The major indicator of success was more soulful than money, that we had more creative ways of making macro-level decisions and navigating our life choices.

THE BOOK I LEARNED THE MOST FROM IS…
Long Walk to Freedom. The capacity for the human spirit to be humble yet strong, determined yet soft, fierce yet tolerant – was tangible. Sacrificing self-comfort for societal justice. It makes everyday problems seem so small.

MY DESERT ISLAND WOULD BE…
Kriya: Yoga Sets, Meditations, and Classic Kriyas by Yogi Bhajan. Because I would actually have time to learn and practise them all.

MY FAVOURITE BOOK (CURRENTLY) IS…
The Hermeneutics of the Subject by Michel Foucault. A collection of his lectures from 1981-1982 on society’s knowledge and treatment of the subject (our own inner selves). These questions fascinate me again and again.

THE LAST BOOK I READ WAS…
Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell. A beautifully scripted foray into the ancient feminine powers of this world, their oppressed history and mounting re-emergence as a balancing, wild and compassionate counter to the masculine characteristics that have dominated over the last centuries.

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Reset: My fight for inclusion and lasting change
Ellen Pao


She is a diversity and inclusion activist, a venture capitalist, the former CEO of Reddit, and co-founder of a nonprofit. But Ellen Pao is possibly best known for her (failed) lawsuit against Silicon Valley VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in which she alleged gender discrimination.

Reset, shortlisted for the 2017 FT and McKinsey business book of the year, is her account of workplace discrimination in the technology sector. It is an emotional read, but a practical one too.

She writes about how she was cut out of decisive meetings and email discussions and undercut by male executives, all the while worrying about striking a balance: “Is it possible that I am really too ambitious while being too quiet while being too aggressive while being unlikable?”

She relays her experience, including really quite raw anecdotes, not to settle scores but to offer perspective and help others “navigate cultures that weren’t designed with them in mind”. Everyone has a reset button, it turns out. Time to press yours?
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