Looking for role models: Marissa Mayer

Tell me who you love, and I’ll tell you who you are. – Creole proverb and many other variants

Role models are important to me. Job titles don’t tell me enough about
work, but people’s stories show me what I want for my own life. When I
read people’s stories, I find aspects that I’d like to include in my
life. I learn about skills I need to develop. I find names for the
things I want to do.

I’m going to share my role models with you as I discover them. You’ll
get a sense of what I want to do, and you might find some of these
role models also inspiring.

Today from tech.memeorandum: Marissa Mayer of Google.

Managing Google’s Idea Factory: Marissa Mayer helps the search giant out-think its rivals

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_40/b3953093.htm

What Mayer does is help figure out how to make sure good
ideas bubble to the surface and get the attention they need.

I want to do that. I want to be exposed to all sorts of ideas bubbling
around me. I want to listen and draw ideas out. I want to connect
people to other people and resources they need to make their ideas
reality. I want to know who’s doing what and make it easier for them
to do it.

I’ll need to work on:

- listening really well
– evaluating ideas quickly
– combining ideas in my head
– remembering people’s names, faces, and interests
– meeting more people