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A User Guide to M(e)

February 8th, 2016

I listened to a podcast today featuring Tom Vander Ark on the way to a meeting in the Jeep, and so I strolled over to his website when I had a free second and found this handy little post, that they apparently do over at Google: A User Guide to Me.

Man, wouldn’t it be cool to have a user guide on your co-workers?  THAT would be handy!

We do something similar in RX640 Entrepreneurship in Healthcare/Life Sci at Butler: I have the students do a strengths and personality CV, or a Know Thyself Kit – but it would be even better to have these warehoused somewhere so we can access them.  I try to put up some pet projects in a 1 page summary of what I’m up to as well, because regular resumes and CVs only really talk about the past – they don’t really focus on where you’re heading.  And as a futuristic-obsessed #1 strength, I can’t be the girl who just focuses on past accomplishments.

But, for fun, I’m going to walk through Vander Ark’s user guide below. Ready?

About M(e):

  • Strengthsfinder: futuristic, maximizer, intellection, ideation and input and that’s consistent.
  • INTJ – every. Time. On the MBTI.
  • DISC – D, with a little I.
  • Education – that’s in the bio – I won’t bore you.
  • Family: Parents, check. Brother, check. Jack the cat, check.

What I’m working on (pet projects):

  • Obsession with maker and third spaces right now.
  • Coloring books (for obvious reasons) – but particularly around wellness and mindfulness.
  • Getting BU Well autonomous and driven by the students – they’re doing great!
  • Setting up next year’s children’s interprofessional book project at BU.

What I think I’m good at:

  • Seeing how things fit together.  And the weirder the two things, the better.
  • Coming up with crazy, but cool ideas.
  • Getting things done. And, actually implementing those crazy ideas I figure out in bullet 2.
  • Editing. (That doesn’t, however, mean that I love to do this one all the time.)
  • Starting.  While I can get things done, I prefer to start them, get things going, then hand them off to someone else for maintenance, so I can move on to starting another fire in another area.

What I’m told I’m good at:

  • Getting things done.
  • Social media.
  • Connecting the dots.
  • Creativity.

My least favorite things:

  • The weeds. That means the nitty gritty details.  I can do this, but I’d prefer to stay at the 50K view.  There’s typically more breathing room up there anyway.
  • Paper clip wars and meetings.  Much like the weeds.  Example: A 2 hour discussion and debate on whether or not we should distribute learning materials as PDFs or PowerPoint slides.  Leave me off the invitation list for this one.  Better yet, don’t have the meeting in the first place.  It. Doesn’t. Matter in the big scheme of the Universe.  Example 2: rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, as one of my friends says.  Irrelevant. Dicta. Don’t go there.
  • Sports.  I don’t get them, nor will I ever. Silly.

Good ways to work with me:

  • Send me an email, and give me a deadline.
  • Don’t call me, unless it is urgent.
  • Tweet or text. See email above.
  • Give me the facts.
  • I get things done BEFORE they are due. Rolling last minute drives me crazy.

I can always help with:

  • Ideas and brainstorming.

How I learn:

  • Visually, and by stories.
  • Data is good too, but it usually needs context.
  • I’m actually a rhythmic learner too…guess I need to create more raps about my learning.

That was fun.


Color me STEM

February 7th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 9.21.28 AMSo, there’s a ton of research out there that suggests coloring has benefits, other than a page just being filled in with the ROYGBIV spectrum.  I wanted to do a lasso around the internet on this subject and put a few solid posts here so I can refer to them later on…so this post is for me!  Read on, however, if you’re interested in this arena of research as I am right now.

The Healing Power of Art

Health benefits of coloring books attracting adults to childhood pastime

Anti-Stress Coloring Books for Adults: The Latest Way to Relax

Adult Coloring Books Promise Stress Relief

Why adult coloring books are good for you

Coloring Books for Existential Angst

Let Kids Create: 7 Benefits of Coloring

The American Art Therapy Association Art Therapy: Integrating Creativity, Healing, and Professionalism Conference 2016

Podcast on adult coloring

I’ll be adding to this over time as well when I stumble on other cool stuff in coloring.

The Back of Your Napkin

February 6th, 2016

BackoftheNapkinEver met one of those work barons or heroes in your network after work for a drink or for a cup of coffee, where you started a conversation that was going somewhere? And, you needed to graph it out – immediately!

Thus enters the back of the napkin.

One of the best, most aspirational conversations I ever had was with a law mentor of mine, where she started literally mapping out my career on the back of a napkin. I stuck it on my wall of fame, and it’s still there (albeit a little shredded by Jack the Cat.)  I’m not sure if much came true from that actual conversation at this point in my career, but it was a super fun exercise to walk through at the time.

Anyway, I was reminded of this recently because 1. I heard the phrase again, and 2. I just saw it on Stanford’s page – where their napkin is at their homepage, and their ‘manifesto’ is written on the back of a napkin – literally.

I’m going to challenge myself, and maybe all of us should who read this post – to think about what would go on the back of our napkins. Who are we? What do we stand for? And most important of all–who or what do we aspire to be?

The napkin also has its limits. There’s only so much space. So, this is where we insert the metaphor about the fact that we can’t be superheroes and do it all. We must pick our battles, and focus on what we really want to be great at, or do better than anyone else, or strive to be.

This weekend, I’m going to think about what would go on the back of my napkin today. Maybe all of us should. In this era of a serious crisis in leadership, it would benefit the universe if we all paid a little more attention…to that tiny napkin, and what we choose to put on it.

Sharpen Your Crayons…

February 4th, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen: I love a good contest.  Here’s one! Print out the cover photo for the new #STEMPrincess3 book below, then color it!  Design it the way you want, then upload it back to your social media channels with the #STEMPrincess hashtag. We’ll give away copies of the new coloring book when they are in to the uber creatives…and…go! Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 6.55.30 AM

Beta Life

February 3rd, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 10.51.33 AMToday, I put book 11 to bed. Or, book 1, depending on how you look at it. It’s book 11 of mine, but book 1 of mine when it comes to coloring. Yes, #STEMPrincess3 (Or Coloring Book Beta) is off to the printers.  I’m sharpening my crayons and colored pencils in anticipation.  If you want to preorder your copy – here’s the link.  I also edited my new work bio page, and added the edited one page summary of my work this week to it.

That was not the only book I checked edits for today.  Students at Butler are cranking it out on 2 different children’s books this spring.  The illustrations in both of them are dynamite too.  Edits galore.

Last, I edited a 30-page portfolio on a project for work today–something I’ve also been writing like crazy for the past 3 weeks.  I’ve not done this before, however, so I freely admit that I’m winging it.

Everything these days seems to be in beta.  It’s all in draft format.  I’m just doing my best to keep it cleaned up as much as possible. Of course I joke that we’re all in janitorial–it just depends the size of the mess that we’re scrubbing. It’s not perfect, nor will it ever be–but if it’s tidy, I’m a happy camper.

That, and I just don’t think I can stare at a computer screen anymore today….

5 Cool Ideas for Universities

January 31st, 2016

I’m not running a university.  But, if I did, here’s 5 things I’d love to see happen on the campus–the hypothetical campus I ran. Ready?

1. A sustainability program – preferably required as part of residential living on campus.  See this example for cool ideas (and yes, there could be a trash recycling major by separating your garbage into 34 different types!) I’d love to see circle stores on college campuses – it would be a mix of sustainability, entrepreneurship, commerce/business, and even a gathering place or third space (see Gather NC as an example–the old store front, not just the new pocket one).

2. Life skills badge – again, common sense stuff here, like #1 above, or budgeting, or balancing a checkbook, paying bills on time, assessing whether a house should be purchased, and/or buying major ticket items, like cars vs. living closer to work.  Even how to wash that laundry – really.

3. Cooking – So, the medicine students have to do it at Tulane, and now a bunch of OTHER med schools are requiring it – so why not all of us, or at least the other health care professions, if our real goal is to keep everyone well?

4. Let’s go back to #1 and talk about teaching students how to MAKE STUFF.  Or at least FIX STUFF. IKEA wants you to stop throwing their stuff away.  Why not start a campus circle store and make stuff out of recycled stuff?  Again, this is repeating #1, but you get the gist… people need to reconnect with making stuff with their HANDS.

5. Cold, hard cash for ideas – former president of Drexel University, Costantine Papadakis, used to give away cold hard cash to students for really solid ideas on improving their college experiences.  I really like this idea, because it puts the money right where higher education should be focused: on IDEAS. On making the world a better place, or at least our own corners of it.  If he could do it, why couldn’t the rest of us?


January 30th, 2016

After a very frustrating day with technology, please allow me a rant.  This one I dedicate to: book-books.

I’m writing a dossier for a ‘work thing.’  One thing I’m assuming the ‘work thing’ needs is for the citations in it to be cited via one of the big 3 citation guides.

For those of you who don’t have to conform to certain citation guides, those of us in academia are subjected to various conforming style guides for citations, like

  • AMA,
  • APA and
  • in law, the Blue Book.

Depending upon whom you are writing for, they subject you to one of the big three aforementioned citation guides for your style and citations.

Anyway, I won’t mention which of the 3 I was trying to use online today, but suffice it to say, it was much like using The Book of the Dead in Beetlejuice: cryptic, not in any sort of reasonable order, and cumbersome to work around.

I’m just here to say that technology doesn’t always make things better.  Sometimes, technology gets in the way of things actually working.  Maybe I’m getting old and fussy, but this style guide online was awful to use.

To all book-books in the universe: I salute you.  And, to some extent, I miss you.

Tough Answers to Tough Questions

January 28th, 2016

Seth asks some tough questions in this post. I tried to answer them below.

1. The difficult thing I’m trying to do is get students to publish before they leave college and lead through the written word.

2. I’m working on the intersection of pharmacy, law, entrepreneurship, and publishing, and littering the universe with knowledge along the way.

3. Right now, I’m trying to connect students to work on next year’s children’s book publishing project at Butler.

4. I would hope people who talk about me say that I work hard.  I’m tough, but I’m fair.

5. What am I afraid of? Running out of time.

6. The scarce resource is time. See #5.

7. I’m trying to change myself.

8. The change looks like the future–and in the future we have to change, or we get left behind.

9. Would my work be missed? I don’t know. I’m trying to focus on the work and not the impression of the work.

10. I stand for truth, justice, and the old American way – the way of working hard and going for what you want out of life. As I’ve stated before, I think America has lost this a bit. We need to get it back.

11. The contribution I’m making to the universe is small, but hopefully, I’m creating some others who go on to help litter the universe with knowledge long after I’m gone.

Snowhere to Go

January 23rd, 2016

It’s #blizzard2016, and ironically, the storm dodged the Midwest! (Or at least the bit I live in…BTW, that never happens.)

But, if you’re hunkered down and in, cozy, with plenty of milk bread and eggs, here are some things to catch up on over the internet and take advantage of that down time, if you’re over Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, that is…

Book Facebook Pages:

One of the new initiatives at work for all students at Butler University:

The new and exciting Pharmacy Podcast series I’ll be working on as a co-host in 2016:

Or, better yet, join a group if you’re in the pharma/life sciences/pharmacy spaces during your down time and start building your networks!

Groups Running on LinkedIn:

That is the one beautiful thing about the shady weather – in that it forces all of us to pause.  Why not use the time to reflect, too?  It’s like bonus time on your life.  Seize it!

2016 Pharmacy Meetings – My First 2016 Episode of The Pharmacy Podcast

January 22nd, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 9.13.48 PMThis post is a supplement to my first Pharmacy Podcast this year!  Yes, I’m co-hosting in 2016 – and really excited to be joining Todd and his crew this year.

The first podcast is on pharmacy meetings.  My guest is the great Kristin Eilenberg, of Lodestone Logic. Her firm also has a really cool database of over 4,500 pharmacy meetings called Lodestone Insights.

I’ve also got a basic pharmacy meetings list here, free to all.  Pharmacist and healthcare certifications are here too.