Friday, January 27, 2006
The New Face Of Leadership
I'm sure no one would argue that many of the events and...*ahem*... "essential truths" of the first month of 2006 have been newsworthy, to say the very least. As such, a recent blog entry by a friend of mine prompted me to mention that January 2006 was also a landmark month in which 3 (yes, count them...three) women of the world won presidencies: Chile's Michelle Bachelet, Liberia's Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and Finland's Tarja Halonen.
Ironically, in the case of Halonen's win, it seems she owes some of it to late-night TV host, Conan O'Brien, whose frequent jokes about the two being look-alikes helped to put her over the top in the first round election on January 15th. O'Brien's popular show "Late Night" airs five days a week on SUBTV, a Finnish cable channel, with a few days' delay. CNN has also been following this story, and, there's also a picture here of O'Brien, so as far as the resemblance goes, once again, I'll just let you be the judge. In recent months, every time O' Brien mentioned Finland or Halonen, local tabloids report it prominently, making it sort of a national point of interest for this election -- as well as an apparent boost for Ms. Halonen against her opponent.
In any event, big congrats to Presidents-Elect: Halonen, Johnson-Sirleaf, and Bachelet.
Well done, ladies.
Before leaving this week, I'd just like to give a nod to Pub Rants a brand new blog by Colorado literary agent, Kristin Nelson. A successful agent, who, for me, clearly dispels the myth that all agents should -- or -- must live in New York, Kristin is the latest agent to take to the blogosphere, sharing her insights and wisdom with all writers choosing the often times "rocky road" to book-length publication. And what's even more unique about Kristin's blog, is the fact that along with a handful of other top agents, she's doing it -- under her own name. Kudos, Kristin.
You can also get a glimpse of Kristin's newly revamped website here
Make it a great weekend, all. Peace.