WIM Professional Development: Mindfulness with Rachel Plasencia, February 24, 2015 at HSC

SAVE THE DATE:
WIM Professional Development
Mindfulness with Rachel Plasencia
USC Center for Work and Family Life
February 24, 2015 at HSC, location to be determined
Lunch sponsored by Divisions of GHPGIM and Nephrology
Please RSVP at http://uscwim.org/calendar.asp
FREE to WIM Members; $10 for non-members


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WIM Book Club: next meeting, March 2, next book, “Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow” parts 1-3

TFATSNext meeting: Monday, March 2, 2015
Norris Library West Conference Room
Noon to 1
Next book: Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow
By Daniel Kahneman
ISBN: 978-0374533557
More information: http://us.macmillan.com/thinkingfastandslow/DanielKahneman
Please RSVP at http://www.uscwim.org/calendar.asp
Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow is a long book, so we’ll only be discussing parts 1-3 of at this meeting.
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At our last meeting on January 27 we discussed:

“Michael Connelly’s The Burning Room is the 19th in the series which follows Los Angeles Detective Harry Bosch. In this iteration, Harry is in a newly minted cold case squad and partnered with a rookie (perhaps trigger happy) partner named Lucia Soto. They are given a case after the death of Orlando Merced, a mariachi performer, who had been shot nearly a decade ago in Mariachi Plaza. His shooting sparked political change but was never solved. Now that they have the physical evidence from his body, they can try to trace the weapon.

THE_BURNING_ROOM_9780316410700_350dpi“While they are working on this case, Bosch discovers a personal case that Soto is looking into – another decades old case in which several children were killed in a fire. They work on both cases, following divergent trails that lead them into murky waters of the past.

“During our conversation there were mixed reviews. There were a few who found this very dark with very little redemption and that the resolution was uneventful and unsatisfying. Others found the book realistic, and were familiar with the way Connelly writes the Bosch character. Some found it not to have literary merit, though 19 in a series does seem to speak to staying power.

“The group all seemed to enjoy the Angelino nature of the book, with specific set locations in the city that made the novel seem more real somehow. Perhaps that’s why the lack of resolution is so difficult to read?”
Recap by Aubrey Hicks Thank you, Aubrey!

The Container Store CEO Says ‘Women Make Better Executives Than Men’

“If launching a store that sells only containers is any indication, Kip Tindell has always thought outside the box.

The 61-year-old chairman and CEO of The Container Store founded the quirky retailer in 1978 with two friends and an initial investment of $35,000. Today, it has 6,000 employees, 67 locations in the US, and annual sales of nearly $800 million.

How has a wild idea from Dallas, Texas, achieved such growth? Tindell attributes the company’s success to a few simple-yet-unexpected rules, like women make the best executives, business is personal, and companies have a moral obligation to their employees.”

Speaking While Female

“YEARS ago, while producing the hit TV series “The Shield,” Glen Mazzara noticed that two young female writers were quiet during story meetings. He pulled them aside and encouraged them to speak up more.

Watch what happens when we do, they replied.

Almost every time they started to speak, they were interrupted or shot down before finishing their pitch. When one had a good idea, a male writer would jump in and run with it before she could complete her thought.

Sadly, their experience is not unusual.”

Speaking While Female, By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, NY Times, January 12, 2015

There are only three countries in the world where your boss is more likely to be a woman

“Nearly a third of all businesses around the world are now owned or managed by women, according to a new study by the International Labor Organization (ILO). That number is hardly something to celebrate—for reasons I will discuss in a second—but there are a few (OK, only three) parts of the globe that appear to be somewhat (yes, only somewhat) exemplary in this regard.”

There are only three countries in the world where your boss is more likely to be a woman, by Roberto A. Ferdman, January 13, 2015.