A few weeks ago, I awoke with an idea and quickly jotted it down: “Bring your whole self to the work that is life.”

The notion of “bringing your whole self to work” was popularized by organizational development consultant, Mike Robbins. Robbins says that bringing your whole self to work is “showing up authentically, leading with humility, and remembering that we’re all vulnerable, imperfect human beings doing the best we can.” But, I wondered, now that our homes are our workplaces, what does that mean for how we show up? …

Six feet apart. Masked. Bubbled. Distanced. Grounded. Halted.

I, like most of us, have spent the past nine months living this way. And yet, so much has happened in my life — graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, births, deaths, a new job — all while being separated. In any other year, there would have been parties and joyful dinners, celebrations of life, and supportive coffee dates. But this year has given us unprecedented challenges, challenges that have tested us greatly because despite having to stay apart, we human beings crave connection.

It may seem strange to say that this year has become…

Portraits by Etienne Fang

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Just before the pandemic hit, I wrapped up a whirlwind year. I traveled to twelve countries in twelve months, interviewing and photographing over a hundred women in Singapore, Myanmar, India, Mexico, Italy, Uruguay, Argentina, Sweden, The Netherlands, England, Liberia, and the United States.

Why? A few years ago, I began a personal inquiry into what “having it all” meant to women, starting first with interviewing forty women in my own life. After having my second child eight years ago, I made the…

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A few years ago, the User Experience Research team at Uber was asked to help Product teams “think big” before getting into annual tech planning. The ask was to create a product vision to help guide decisions, communicate direction, and motivate the broader organization. Our answer, of course, was an emphatic “yes!”…quickly followed by a “but how?”

As a user experience research leader, my work is guided by the following questions:

  • How can user experience research help our teams and leaders identify the greatest opportunities?
  • How can user experience research embed in the strategic business process?
  • How does user experience…

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In the late 20th century, the dominant technological question was “How do we learn better?” In the early 21st, that question has been followed by “How do we better use the things we’ve learned?” Uber is powered by information. Chances are good that your company is, too. We’ve all had firsthand experiences of an inconvenient truth: information is only as good as our ability to make use of it. If a roadmap is locked in the glove compartment, no matter how detailed it is, it’s not much use on a road trip. …

The beautiful diversity of what “having it all” means to women today

A few years ago, I had my second child. During my maternity leave, I felt compelled to go into the office for meetings, follow up on projects and check emails. But after a five-month conversation with myself during maternity leave, I chose to quit my dream job in order to focus on my family. My husband was working a demanding job with a long commute. And the thought of both of us working with a toddler and newborn at home just seemed too challenging.

I was conflicted, of…

Etienne Fang

I am a human-centered research strategist who thrives at the intersection of insights and storytelling. www.having-it-all.org

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