Why is this happening? Because women born in the wake of feminism -- women like Sandberg, Slaughter, and me -- have been subtly striving all our lives to prove that we have picked up the torch that feminism provided. That we haven't failed the mothers and grandmothers who made our ambitions possible. And yet, in a deep and profound way, we are failing. Because feminism wasn't supposed to make us feel guilty, or prod us into constant competitions over who is raising better children, organizing more cooperative marriages, or getting less sleep. It was supposed to make us free -- to give us not only choices but the ability to make these choices without constantly feeling that we'd somehow gotten it wrong.
Last year, amid the stress of shutting down a company she’d co-founded nearly ten years before, Jacqui Kenny, a New Zealander living in London, began exploring the world on Google Street View. At first, she would pick locales more or less at random, poking around the streets of faraway towns and taking screenshots whenever she stumbled upon a striking image. After a while, she began seeking out certain kinds of views: arid regions with clear horizons; latitudes where she found that the sunlight fell at a dramatic slant. She was soon spending many hours on the project, which became a kind of retreat. “I really didn’t know what I was going to do with my life,” she told me. “I wasn’t in the mood to face the world yet, and this absorbed a lot of my focus.” When she looked back after a year of taking screenshots, she had accumulated an archive of around twenty-six thousand photos.
Kenny now posts photos from the collection on an Instagram account called Agoraphobic Traveller, a reference to another impetus behind the project: Kenny, who is friendly and witty in conversation, suffers from anxiety that, on a bad day, can make it difficult to leave the house. Contrary to a common misconception, agoraphobia is often less a fear of open spaces than it is a fear of losing control. Sometimes, she has difficulty going to aisles of the grocery store that are too far from the exit, and getting on a plane is a huge ordeal. To go to her sister’s wedding, in New Zealand, she told me, required months of therapy beforehand. The Street View project has become a way for Kenny to visit places that she could never go to herself—the more remote, the better, she said. It’s also a practice that involves a tension between control and surrender: she has the ability to parachute into anywhere in the world, but her views and angles and lighting are in Google’s hands. “So many times,” she said, “I’ll see something in the distance that looks amazing, but then the car stops or something gets in the way. It happens ninety per cent of the time. I always have to be prepared for that disappointment.”
Great people managers are not only rare, but they’re limited to people-managing versus creating and growing the business. Why not extract people from all of the shackles of management thus removing the limits traditionally placed on creativity and productivity?
Entreocracy isn’t about destroying the idea of management. It’s about empowering the rest of the team to step up and to play more of a leadership role too. We think it’s still important to have managers and leaders, but it’s more important to teach everyone else how to play that role too.
The frenzy around naming Uber’s new leader comes after Huffington last month proclaimed at an all-staff meeting that it was the era of a “new Uber” – which she has repeatedly explained includes “no more brilliant jerks”.
The urgent need for a “new Uber” became publicly apparent months before that meeting, when a former engineer wrote in February about the sexual harassment and retaliation she experienced at the company.
It was a situation that would inspire most board members and executives to retreat – but not Huffington, who could have easily stepped away to focus on her wellness startup, Thrive Global, an initiative meant to encourage better work-life balance and end the “global pandemic” of burnout. Instead, she addressed the scandal extensively, speaking about the allegations in blogposts, company meetings and conference calls with reporters.