Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella really blew it earlier this month, when he said that women shouldn't ask for raises but instead trust that "the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along."
Women who don't ask for a raise will accrue "good karma," Nadella said at a conference celebrating women in tech. The implication: speaking up for yourself at work equals bad karma.
That's pretty lame advice for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that women at tech companies earn $6,358 less than their male colleagues, while women with at least one child earn $11,247 less than everyone else, according to a September report by the American Institute for Economic Research.
Nadella apologized for his cluelessness and said a review at Microsoft found there's no pay gap between men and women employees of the software maker.
That would make Microsoft the exception rather than the rule. Nadella did not provide any data to back up his assertion.
All of which makes one of my favorite One Thing New pieces, about how to negotiate like a women -- and win, newly relevant.
A full sweep! Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was asked this week by NPR how many women on the 9-member Supreme Court would be "enough." Her answer. "When there are nine...For most of this country's history, there were nine and they were all men. Nobody thought that was strange." Love it!
Simplify -- and fold. Japanese organization expert Marie Kondo, author of the best-selling "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," says the key to success in decluttering is to "discard everything that does not spark joy" and don't buy organizing equipment because your home already has the storage you need, according to a write up on her book by The New York Times. Another bit of advice centers on the act of folding. “When we take our clothes in our hands and fold them neatly, we are, I believe, transmitting energy, which has a positive effect on our clothes.” We're still trying to figure out what "sparks joy" means. Frankly, if it fits, that's pretty joyful.
Marcel the Shell returns! Fans of the quirky Marcel, made famous in the YouTube video 'Marcel the Shell With Shoes On," will be happy to know that a third video was released this week. Called "Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, Three," it features new thoughts on coping with stress, getting locked out of the house, and shrimp. Yes, shrimp. The 3:51-minute video already has nearly 2 million views.
Marcel the Shell image courtesy of Dean Fleischer-Camp