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Archive for July, 2017

Where’s Your Operating Manual?

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

OperatingI have a drawer full of operating manuals. In fact, the folder for them got so big I had to segregate the small appliances from the large ones. I have them for my toaster, microwave and other kitchen appliances, and even my lawnmowers.

Yet, some of the most complex entities on the planet come without operating manuals. Those complex entities? People. And, while I hate to compare humans to appliances (I realize this is a banal comparison–we are far more complex as humans than toasters or can openers), I will for the point of this article, which is this: do we clearly communicate with each other on how we best operate? If not, should we?

Kyle Westaway made me re-think about this concept of an operating manual for us as individuals this weekend in his newsletter, which I recommend.

I’m also a big fan of getting to know yourself via the Know Thyself Kit I’ve shared in the past – but by sharing your results on you, you do in a sense create a better path for people to communicate and work with you, which in turn gets you to a better, higher quality version of your very own life. So below, after doing some research around the internet, I’ve gathered a few questions that you may want to ask yourself, then share with your co-workers, family and friends on how to best work with you – because, frankly, most of us are not part of the psychic friends’ network.

Questions for a User Manual On…You:

  1. What is your favorite method of communication? (I’m an e-mailer, and I don’t like the phone. The best thing the invention of the phone ever did for me was grant me access to the internet.)
  2. What does it take for you to say yes to working on someone else’s project? (For me, care about what you’re trying to convince me to do. If you don’t care, why should I?)
  3. How does someone win a gold star with you? (For me, don’t waste my time. Gold star level happens when you ask for my time AND plan an agenda around the time, rather than just ‘picking my brain.’ Follow up also wins gold stars. I also like Jenny Blake’s idea of a 30:30 or 15:15 – where you each share something you’re working on or baffled by, and the other suggests ways to solve/improve or make better the issue, then trade and split the time.)
  4. What drives you crazy? (Again, for me – wasting my time. Or, going back and forth on an idea if you want me to execute on that idea, especially if you give me no wiggle room to invent. Or, noise. I’m not into noise when I’m trying to pound out my work.)
  5. When do you best operate – do you work best in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings? (I’m a night owl. Writing is starting to creep in to my mornings too.)
  6. How do you give and like to receive feedback? (In writing, please.)
  7. What’s the best way to show gratitude with me? (A hand written thank you note. It endures longer than the text, email or phone call. See the theme here? In. Writing.)
  8. What type of projects I love to work on include: (For me, studying the future of healthcare or many industries, entrepreneurship and women, gender parity, STEM and girls, and research around any of these areas. I also love outlets for sharing these ideas too – like podcasts, books, talks, etc. If I have some room for creativity here, even better!)
  9. How do you best like to make decisions or draw conclusions? I’m going to do a lot of research on something before I drive a stake into the ground. So bring me some real numbers and don’t bring a bunch of puffery. Opposite, don’t be wishy washy with your own opinions – either state you don’t know yet, or state your opinion. Be clear. Don’t go back and forth, because that lands me right back in question 4 above.
  10. Include me in and opt me out of…: (Include me anything new, exciting, and different where you need someone who is creative and/or can get me around other thought leaders in creativity. Opt me out of…purely social invitations. I don’t like parties, showers or weddings. Not my jam.)
  11. What do I value? (My time, working on the frontiers of knowledge, creativity, and honesty/integrity.)
  12. What’s your One Thing? (This is the question on what you’d give up last in all that you do or what matters most, from the book with the same title. For me, that’s easy…writing.)
  13. What gives you satisfaction – what’s ‘winning’ for you? (Getting things done, checking off my list, and creating new things that never existed before that in turn hopefully make the world a better, or at least more educated/edutaining, place.)
  14. How do I best like to be rewarded? (Hands down: give me my time back. If you can end a meeting early, or give me the day off to go speak, or give me vacation, I’m going to love it. I love income, true, but time is the one thing we never get back.)
  15. Strengths/weaknesses? (Futuristic, maximizer, intellection, ideation and input – pretty much anything to do with ideas, I’m totally in–writing, speaking, planning, executing. My weaknesses include: idle chit chat, social stuff, and sales.)
  16. What’s your best working climate? (Quiet, flexible, autonomous, can work from anywhere, and a ROWE environment for me, please.)
  17. What’s your tennis ball? Go read the book Known by Mark Schaefer to learn about this test and others for perseverance and sustainable interests.

Consider answering these questions on yourself, then take a brave step and share. I’ll even go so far as to state that LinkedIn should have a section in our profiles that allows us to share our User Manual-ness if we opted to.

Again, it would be really great if we could all share our best states of operation in the workplace, and in life – for all the reasons above, and one more: maybe, just maybe, it will get us to a happier place. No more guessing on how we best work together – we’ll know! And, if you do share, THANK YOU in advance for sharing for those of us who aren’t psychic. No more guessing – yay!

Sources I used for this article: 

  • Feld Thoughts, https://feld.com/archives/2016/04/user-manual-working.html
  • Aaron Hurst, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130128234025-201849-do-you-have-a-user-manual
  • Kyle Westaway’s newsletter – from 7/29/17
  • The One Thing book
  • Known

 

7 Steps to a Unicorian, Utterly Unforgettable Panel Discussion

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

#SMDames17 Facebook Live from Carmel Digital Media Lab Today

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

The girl with the face for radio accidentally stepped in front of the camera today for #SMDames17!

Tickets while they last are at: SMDames17.eventbrite.com.

and a separate one over at youtube.

Who’s at the Helm of Healthcare?: A Focus on Deans at US Schools of Pharmacy

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-07-16 at 9.18.02 AMThis week, the academic pharmacists are meeting for the annual summer meeting of AACP, or the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. So, I thought it might be fitting to post about where we are in terms of gender and leadership at schools of pharmacy again.

First off, when people argue with me about STEM professions overall, and state that there aren’t many women at the helms of STEM organizations because most women opt out of said STEM professions, I always return to pharmacy to refute the argument. Simply because pharmacy, as a profession, since the 1980s, has historically and continues to attract more women than men into the profession, and has for several decades. Historically, 60-70% of pharmacy students are women.

However, when you look at leadership–the very tippy top of pharmacy schools in this case–at the Dean position–that majority disappears. It actually flips, in that 25% of women are running schools of pharmacy as deans, and 75% are men! I went over to ACPE, the pharmacy school accrediting body today, to check the stats again. Despite the fact that ACPE updated its website of accredited programs and actually made it harder to go through the schools to see who’s at the helm, here’s my analysis:

Clearly, women still aren’t running the US schools of pharmacy. (Also, and candidly, I find it interesting that many pharmacy programs are ran by people who are not pharmacists. How can you run a program if you’ve never worked the bench as a pharmacist? I don’t understand this, but I digress.)

Here’s my point with this post: even though pharmacy as a STEM profession attracts more women, there are not more women at the helm of US pharmacy schools (and most of healthcare, as I’ve previously shared). We’re not even at parity – not event close, and we are actually backtracking again.

If we really want gender parity, particularly in leadership positions and in STEM, we’re going to have to keep banging on this drum, ladies and gentlemen. My plea: I hope the 35 women deans in US accredited schools of pharmacy are getting together at AACP this week and having a frank discussion about how to solve this problem – because it is a problem. And while I’m on my soapbox, my challenge to the Council of Deans at AACP: put in writing that you’re going to fix this by striving to attain 50/50 gender parity in pharmacy school dean roles by 2020. That shouldn’t be too hard to do considering the majority of pharmacists are women. And, if you get pushback on workload, try what one school of pharmacy does: have co-deans.

For all the reasons in the literature and then some – we have to have diversity in leadership in order to make programs stronger, more creative, and yes, even more profitable. While a lot of pharmacy schools are non-profit, they can still benefit by improving their programs with more revenue if they are attracting more students and higher quality students–to improve research and programming for students, who in turn can graduate and better serve their patients.

5 Cool Items I’m Working On…Right Now

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

1. This – on the pharmacy podcast.

2. This – coming soon at #SMDames17 – I’ll be discussing podcasting. Here’s registration if you’d like to take your social media game to the next level.

3. This – working on lining up speakers for #HealthCarDev in Indy with HBA IN. Here’s a peek at our speakers.

4. This - I’m glad Indy and Mother Nature are getting all of the rain out of the way for our HBA IN 7/26 event at the top of Eskenazi Health at the Sky Farm!

5. Upcoming talks – on big data, privacy, ethics – so many egregious real-world cases to choose from…hopefully I’ll see you at Indy Big Data or ASPL to discuss them with you!

4-Letter Words

Monday, July 10th, 2017

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Caution: this post is explicit. Well, explicit at least to me.

No, it won’t be full of profanity–at least the traditional vulgar words. (And I won’t even go down the road that showed that those who do swear are more honest.)

Oh wait. I guess I just did.

Anyway, that’s not the point of my article. Instead, I wanted to share with you my own home grown list of 4-letter words. And all of us in business and life should be very, very cognizant of them – because in a lot of cases, they’re even worse than a string of expletives.

My 4-Letter Word List:

  1. Time: My one true enemy and precious resource all bundled into one. There’s never enough of it, and once it’s gone, it’s never coming back. I’ve said this many times before, but it bears repeating: if someone gives you their time, they are never getting it back. Honor and respect it by not wasting it. Don’t be late for meetings. Don’t be late and barge in and apologize – that’s even worse, as you’re basically flipping everyone else in the meeting who showed up on time the bird. Don’t blow off or cancel meetings if you called them in the first place–especially last minute, unless there is a REALLY good reason why. Always respect others’ time…and your own, because it is finite. (And if anyone out there can ever teach me how to make more time, I’m all ears–you’re my new BFF!)
  2. Debt: Avoid this 4-letter word like the plague. Debt is an albatross around your neck and shackles on your limbs. If you’re in debt, you have very few options. You’re restricted. “Interest” is another awful word, but it’s more than 4 letters. I still try and avoid it. Pay off your debt. If you don’t have debt, you have one of my favorite words: freedom. You have options, and you aren’t as shackled or confined to your present state. Choices, options, and freedom = awesomeness.
  3. Meet: Meetings play right in to #1 above. I try to avoid them at all costs, ESPECIALLY if there is no agenda or meaningful reason for meeting. I really don’t like meetings WITH agendas but can also be solved with a 5 minute email. One one hour meeting with nothing productive out of it is 1 hour, 60 minutes or 3,600 seconds of your life you’ll never get back. See #1 above.
  4. Talk: High ‘I’ aside on the Myers-Briggs, one of the companies I used to work for (who shall remain nameless) had a crazy number of meetings. They’d have meetings to discuss meetings. They’d just talk at these meetings to hear themselves–the talk would come out, but very little would come of it. (Probably another reason why I hate meetings–scarred for life.) Here’s a two-letter word I like a LOT more than the 4-letter word of talk: DO. Let’s DO more, and talk less! The talkers but non-doers have been branded “Big hat, no cattle” in my life. Less talk, more action!
  5. Tele: Two items here: 1. tele-phones and 2. tele-visions. Both are incredible vacuums of time. The thing about the telephone is that you never know if you’re interrupting the person on the other side of the call (unless you’ve of course scheduled in advance with an agenda, which 99% of telephone calls I receive do not).  There’s a joke over at pinterest for high introverts: if they pick up the phone when you call, they really like you. That’s true!  Send me an email – and I’ll go over it when I have a second to breathe, not to mention a record or trail of our interaction (I can’t remember everything – I don’t have that superpower). Second, the thing about televisions – well, you already can guess where I’m going there – huge time waster. Now don’t get me wrong, I love watching Pride & Prejudice for the 500th time as much as the next gal – but I just have to make sure I earned the flake time after doing some actual work.

There. These to me are far, far worse than typical profanity. They are my brand of profanity.

So, what are your 4-letter words?

The 1 Day Girl Getaway

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Today, I hopped in my car, went down to gal pal TBB of Historic Indianapolis, and off we went to the ‘Natti – Cincinnati! We hit many vintage shops, a macaron store TBB conjured up, hit the Findlay Market, tried out Jean-Robert’s new restaurant, L (YUM!), even went to the American Sign Museum (thank you, Atlas Obscura). Pics at Instagram if you’re curious.

The thing I love about getting away for a day:

1. You can reconnect with an old friend.

2. You can see how another city lives.

3. You can get the Hades out of your own world for a few hours.

4. You can steal awesome ideas from the new city and bring them back to your own city.

5. It can help bring you some fresh perspectives and ideas.

6. You can barter and exchange ideas – both with your friend(s) attending, and the city your visiting.

In conclusion, I highly recommend you grab a girlfriend, get in the car, and go. I’m so glad we did!

 

 

Happy Birthday, America!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

And here’s what I’m working on…

6+ Things I Love This Holiday Bookcation Weekend

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Other than our freedom…

1. More fodder for my bookcation: @cspan Book TV.

(Honestly, however, I wish they had more girl power on the channel. More books by women, for women, on subjects for business women.)

2. & 3. Other ways to cram in more books: authors @ Google and talks @ Google.

(But again, need more girl power here too.)

4. When books aren’t fast enough for a topic you’re researching (like me on a subject I’m prepping a round of talks for today) – there’s Slideshare to looksie for fresher content.

(Just be sure to watch for valid sources…none of that #fakenews nonsense.)

5. Another work around when you can’t cram in that 600 page book – search the author at Stitcher and see if they’re on podcasts.

(Sorry, iTunes, your search  just not as handy here. I hope the developers’ conference is true and that you’re rebuilding iTunes for podcasts to make it more user friendly.)

6. Last but not least, but something I do love right now that has nothing to do with books…Haim’s channel on Pandora.

(I have no complaints, comments or criticism here. Just 100% awesomeness.)

Happy Holiday Eve – and if you have served our country to protect us and defend the freedoms we enjoy this holiday weekend and all year round – an extra thank you to you for your service!

How to Hit the Half-Year Reset Button for 2017 in 5 Steps

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

resetOk, my good people – we are now officially in 3Q of 2017. While my head and heart sometimes feel stuck somewhere between 2011-2012, it’s time for all of us to pause and hit the reset button now on this year for our careers and lives. I’m going to share with you part of what I coach my clients to do at this time of year, and part of the method I use on myself for this time of year to make sure I’m heading in the right direction.

  1. 1. I pull out my personality CV - This I’ve discussed before, but it’s a listing and warehouse of all my personality test results over the past decade - Strengthsfinder, results from books like Designing Your Life, values assessment, and about 30-35 other tests I’ve taken on myself over time. (I also have a list of tests that I share with my email subscribers which I distribute through my newsletter – you can sign up here to receive the list from time to time.) You MUST begin with who you are before getting the map out and determining where you’re going–and to skip over this step is an atrocity to your future. So, pull out your personality CV and check it out again, objectively, to understand who you are and what makes you tick. Re-read it.
  2. Next, pull out your goals - I have annual goals that I keep in my Moleskine notebook that I drag around with me. Wherever you keep yours (and I hope you wrote them down somewhere), pull them back out and take a look at them. How are you doing? What can you check off the list? (NOTHING makes me happier than marking a check against items on this list in particular, because they’re big ticket items.) Luckily, I got the chance to check off a couple July 1, but I’ve still. Got. A. Lot of work to do to achieve the rest of my goals for the year! Awareness again is key.
  3. Update your resume/CV and LinkedIn profiles - Add the big achievements, take off the stuff you no longer want to return to, and edit. Ruthlessly. That last bit is really hard for me, because I personally like to have a lot of irons in the fire. And sometimes, it’s the irons that lead me down a different career pathway I never could have predicted. Either way – get all your personal job/career marketing materials on you up to date. And, important note on social media online, including your LI profile: it should have one foot in where you’ve been or where you are now, but it should also have another foot in where you want to head. If you don’t know where you want to head next, read on…
  4. Reach out to 5 people in a new career direction, and try to meet them before the end of the year - This one may sound crazy – but after you do the first 3 steps above, I’m guessing that several of you may want something more for your career. Is something missing? Do you feel stuck? Are you burned out? Do you want to try something else? If so, reach out to 5 people doing the work you think you’d like to try next, and have lunch with them (or a phone call–and you buy lunch, BTW). Ask them what they love about their current work, and what drives them crazy about it, and what keeps them up at night. Then ask about education, certifications, and other experience that led them to the gig they have today. There’s creative license here too – don’t just focus on your day job. Focus on non-profit experiences you appreciate, or part time gigs, people who work at companies who you admire, or people who have started their own businesses or projects that have NOTHING to do with their day jobs (this last group is my tribe). Considering the # of 1099s by 2018 is still around 40%, I don’t believe we will be working in the future the way we do now. We’ll have a lot more affiliative associations and gigs rather than steady 9-5 work coming–for good or not so good. Prepare now for this epic change coming by putting feelers out in different areas of your own career zone. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
  5. Reset your short term goals - I just share some of my 3Q goals online and on my email footers, so others can read what I’m up to and focused on. I try to make it easy for the universe to help a sister out…if my friends read my innocuous email footer and an idea pops into their head, they send me cool stuff around the work I’m doing. Make it easy for the universe to fetch you whatever it is that you’re seeking by this type of practice. If you’re a little more private about your stuff, share your goals with a trusted friend or inner circle member. The more you share it, the more the universe will help you out…I am a big believer in this.

There. I hope you found this helpful. As I went on my own bookcation this weekend, one of the things I read about was myself. It’s a complex story–a heroine’s journey, but it’s important to read and study in order to invent a better happy ending – and a rocking rest of 2017!