katie couric

When We Say No

2017-08-18T13:19:56-04:00April 26th, 2008|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

I say No, No, No No, No, No--until I see one that is exactly what I am looking for. And then I say Yes. All I have to do is say Yes a few times in my life and I've made my fortune.We say no a thousand times before we can yes. Warren Buffett When we say 'no', what are we saying 'yes 'to? As a parent, when we say 'no' to TV before our children play outside, aren't we saying yes to their physical and emotional health? As a job seeker/student when we say 'no' to the internship that is handily ours so as to seek out one that isn't, aren't we saying 'yes' to discovering skills sets we didn't know we had? If I'm Paula Abdul and I say 'no' I didn't like that number, am I not saying 'yes' to my words meaning something?

Lessons Learned from Katie Couric

2017-08-18T13:19:56-04:00April 24th, 2008|Personal|

If successful women build portable skills, and journalistic chops like those of Katie Couric are ostensibly portable, why has her stint at CBS been such a debacle? And within the context of 'daring to dream, is there a lesson to be learned? As we think through this, there's a framework known as 'jobs to be done' developed by Professor Clayton M. Christensen that I think can be useful. This framework doesn't try to understand the typical viewer's characteristics (age, gender, for example) but rather what jobs a viewer needs to get done or what problem she needs to be solve, and therefore who or what can she hired to do that job. For example, in Caitlin Flanagan's piece, "A Woman's Place -- Katie Couric's Long Day's Journey Into Night", Flanagan writes that the job that women with small children need done on weekday mornings is "adult conversation".

Now the News: Couric Still Isn’t One of the Boys

2017-08-18T13:19:59-04:00July 16th, 2007|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

The NY Times recently published an article by Bill Carter titled "Now the News: Couric Still Isn't One of the Boys", analyzing why Katie Couric's gig on CBS hasn't lived up to expectations. Using the 'dare to dream' lens, let's analyze this further. Shall we? 1. Archetype mis-match -- When you look at Todd Heisler's above photograph, Ms. Couric looks isolated, almost forlorn. I can't help but think of the Bem Sex-Role Inventory's definition of femininity: Girls are only considered feminine within the context of a relationship and when they are giving something to someone else. The images of Ms. Couric on The Today Show are in sync with our society's view of femininity. The CBS News images are not. Contrast the above with those Carter describes as "swashbuckling correspondents [e.g. Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather] who became cool doing hard news". This swashbuckler image foots with what we consider masculine: the solitary man (think Johnny Depp in Pirates and Pierce Brosnan as James Bond) slays the dragon, returns a hero, tells the tale. And, telling the tale is what news anchors do. In other words, our conscious mind may want to support a Ms. Couric...