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The Broadsheet: August 29th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers. With Labor Day almost upon us, I thought it would be useful to get some expert tips on how to use the holiday to recharge. Have a great long weekend and we’ll see you back here on Tuesday!

EVERYONE’S TALKING

Meet America’s top CTO candidate. Longtime Google executive Megan Smith is a leading candidate to take over as the country’s chief technology officer, sources told Fortune. Smith currently serves as vice president of Google X, the company’s secret research and development lab. Fortune

 

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

Hillary Clinton talks Ferguson. “We are better than that,” the former Secretary of State said Thursday, speaking out for the first time on the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. “Nobody wants to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America,” she added. Clinton’s comments came during a summit in San Francisco hosted by the data storage company Nexenta. Time

IMF board likely to stick with Lagarde. The global lender is likely to stand by their leader, Christine Lagarde, as she undergoes a federal investigation in France for “negligence” during her time as finance minister.”Being formally investigated for that does not justify a resignation,” says Lagarde’s lawyer. “It is a very minor infraction.” Reuters

Joan Rivers hospitalized. The veteran comic and fashion critic was hospitalized on Thursday after complications arose during surgery on her vocal cords. “Joan was energetic and boisterous,” a source told People about Rivers before the surgery. The TV personality remains in stable but critical condition. People

CiCi Bellis is out, but not done. The youngest player to win a U.S. Open match in 18 years was defeated on Thursday by 48th-ranked Zarina Diyas. Bellis, 15, will go on to play at the U.S. Open Juniors next week. Meanwhile, Serena and Venus Williams won together in the first round of the women’s doubles tournament and respectively won their second-round matches in singles. ESPN

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Julie Herendeen, the former chief marketing officer at mobile security company Lookout, is now CMO at Dropbox.

BROADVIEW

No energy? Here are 4 ways to refocus and recharge

We all have our limits. For me, and likely for a lot of you, I am limited by my inability to say no. Whether it’s a lunch with a potential source, an extra assignment from an editor or a late-night drink with a friend, I find myself saying yes to everything at the expense of my own sanity. As we get ready for the long Labor Day weekend, my hunch is that I am not the only one who could use some tools to help reenergize and recharge.

Camille Preston is the founder and CEO of AIM Leadership. An executive coach and a psychologist, Preston has spent more than twenty years working with corporate leaders to make them more efficient (and happy) on the job. In October, Preston will attend Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit to sit on a leadership and connectivity panel.

Here is what she wrote for The Broadsheet:

Most women I know push their edges. We are bosses and colleagues, friends and spouses, partners and mothers, volunteers and workers. I salute our high expectations, and I believe that in order to live up to these expectations, we need to seriously rethink where and how we use our energy. And much like the warnings on airplanes, we need to start putting on our own masks before helping those around us.

This is easier said than done. We take on too many roles and responsibilities. We do too much, and we have a hard time saying “no.” As a result, we end up expending our precious energy doing things we don’t like, don’t energize us, or simply aren’t good for us. We are tired and overwired. We are stressed and stretched. And it’s costing us dearly.

The World Heath Organization estimates that sleep deprivation alone costs American businesses $63 billion annually, and that workplace stress costs $300 billion annually. We know that unplugging is vital to recharging our batteries so that we can work smarter, live better, and be purposefully productive.

We know we should eat better, sleep more, get exercise, etc., but there are other less obvious — yet still very easy — ways to increase our energy. Here are four ideas to keep in mind over Labor Day:

  1. Do an energy audit. Look at what fuels your life. Where are you expending your energy? Too often we are focused on the depleters in our lives, the things we should do or have to do at the expense of the energizers, the things we want to do.
  2. Create a capture system. I am a big believer in lists. Capturing all the things that are on your plate will help clear your mind and get focused. Use whatever system works for you—pen and paper, an e-program, whatever. Block off time in your day to think through everything that’s on your mind.
  3. Build a team. All too often we buckle down to do everything ourselves when in reality, someone else could do it faster, easier, or more economically. We justify doing everything ourselves by lamenting the opportunity costs of finding that person, tasking them, monitoring them, etc., or we simply fear asking for help.
  4. Unplug and create a personal whitespace. Vacations are great, but you don’t have to go far to unplug and recharge. In fact, just 15 minutes a day where you are truly unplugged and completely away from your gadgets and screens can have the effect of a giant reset button. You need time and space to exhale and recharge.

Have some energy saving tips of your own or are struggling to get energized? Email Preston at camille@aimleadership.com and have a restful Labor Day Weekend! For more actionable tips, read Preston’s book, Rewired: How to Work Smarter, Live Better and Be Purposefully Productive in an Overwired World.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

NFL sharpens domestic violence punishments. The league announced an automatic six-game suspension for players involved in domestic violence on a first offense and a lifetime ban from the league for a second offense. The decision comes after public outcry when Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for two games after knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in an elevator. “Despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. ESPN

AT&T gives $1 million to Girls Who Code. The nonprofit is working to close the gender gap in tech jobs, and will use the money to fund its summer immersion programs beyond the 3,000 girls who have already participated. The Daily Beast

Professor takes on women silencers. “There have always been men who are frightened of smart women,” says Mary Beard, a classics professor at the University of Cambridge. Throughout her academic career, Beard has tracked the history of men trying to silence women. From Telemachus telling his mother in The Odyssey that her “voice is not to be heard in public” to various Internet trolls, Beard claims male attempts to take away female voices from the public debate is pervasive in our global culture. New Yorker

ON MY RADAR

Hello Kitty is a human girl?  LATimes

Designers bet men and women will buy the same outfits  Bloomberg

 A look at the lives of wives of college coaches  SI

The jobs of the future  Fast Company

Coffee + nap > Coffee or nap   Vox

QUOTE

Ignore all the noise around you and just pursue what it is you want to pursue. Being a girl is not a reason why they couldn’t learn all these skills, like how to code, how to do robotics, all these other things. There’s no barrier to entry because they’re girls.

AT&T New York State President Marissa Shorenstein