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the archives

RON MEYERSON Talented cover designer Ron Meyerson, who worked at Newsweek from 1972 to 1992, passed away on March 7 of this year. Meyerson joined Newsweek’s staff as the cover art director, eventually held a senior editor position and over his career designed over 1,000 covers for the magazine. He made incredible contributions to Newsweek’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and in 2005, the Society of Magazine Editors selected Meyerson’s 1973 “The Nixon Tapes” cover—with the White House depicted as a reel-to-reel tape recorder—as one of the 40 best covers designed in America. 1973 1979 1980 1981…

a marshall plan for moms

RESHMA SAUJANI IS ANGRY, TIRED AND DETERmined—angry at the damage the pandemic has done to women, tired from the past year’s struggles to balance work and family life and determined not to let those challenges interrupt her mission to close the gender gap in tech. She’s especially determined that other women not be forced from their life’s work either, setting back the progress that’s been made over the past 30 years. The founder and CEO of the nonprofit Girls Who Code, who is also mother to two children under the age of six, has spent the past year engaged in the same epic juggling act as millions of other moms across the U.S.: trying to work a full-time job while managing remote learning for a child while trying to cook a…

making zoom more personal

SINCE THE SUDDEN ONSET OF LOCK DOWNSAND REMOTE WORK A YEAR AGO, reliance on digital platforms has grown exponentially. For example, Zoom Video Communications’ revenue in 2020 was $622.7 million, up 88 percent from the previous year. Despite the myriad benefits from videoconferencing platforms, the psychological effects of “Zoom fatigue” can be detrimental, as discussed in a study published in February by Stanford researchers in the journal Technology, Mind and Behavior, in which four main causes of exhaustion caused by teleconferencing are identified. Communications guru and consultant Susan McPherson shares how to make the most of digital conferencing platforms in the excerpt below from her new book The Lost Art of Connecting (McGraw-Hill, March). At a time when people feel so disconnected from one another, McPherson’s advice for fostering business…

q&a: susan mcpherson

Are your suggestions for how to strengthen business relationships particular to women? Absolutely not. This book, and the method I provide is for everyone. Leading with the idea of “how can we help and best support others,” will strengthen any business relationships. Why is asking “How can I help?” effective to build relationships? First, it enables you to take the focus off of yourself and actually learn something new from someone else. Second, most individuals will respond in a positive way, if you’re actively asking how you might be able to help them, and they will likely provide insight you didn’t previously know. Finally, if you listen carefully, you can then respond in kind with support, connections, introductions and knowledge—which all build up your reputation as dependable and a known doer. If you find…

looking forward, not back

THE FLOOR STARTS TO SWAY. The windows rattle. Your heartbeat quickens. They’re the telltale signs of an earthquake, and here in northeastern Japan we felt them as recently as February, when a magnitude 7.3 tremor struck off the Pacific coast and injured more than 100 people. Seismologists said it was an aftershock from the massive quake that shattered the region a decade earlier, with its accompanying tsunami leaving 15,899 dead and 2,527 missing. This time, mercifully, there were no fatalities, no violent rush of seawater. But it was a reminder that the events of 10 years ago are still with us today. Disasters, and the rebuilding work that follows them, have been high on people’s minds lately, with the anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and the world still gripped by…

is bitcoin too big to fail?

JUST BEFORE THE LAST BITCOIN BUBBLE popped, around the time socialite Paris Hilton issued her own “digital token” and idealists and amateurs across the globe were still tipsy on the idea of circumventing Wall Street, central banks and the usual billionaires with new digital currencies, Mike Novogratz was finishing up a talk at a cryptocurrency conference in New York City. Novogratz, a former Goldman Sachs executive turned bitcoin advocate, had given many such speeches before, usually to an audience of staid financial types. This time, however, he stepped off the stage to a mob of millennials and a rock star’s greeting. “Literally pictures, pictures, pictures,” he says. “Everybody wanted a selfie. Some girl came up and started quaking, ‘Can you sign this?’ It was really weird.” “So I started selling.” It was a…