Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women of 2015

“The headlines remind us whenever another woman gets the top job. Examples: GM’s Mary Barra, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, IMF head Christine Lagarde. But the fact that a great many of the women on this list are not the pointy head of the pyramid — such as Facebook’s Sandberg, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala or Gwynne Shotwell, COO of SpaceX and Apple’s Angela Ahrendts — doesn’t dim their enormous clout. They appear on this list because they illustrate a new math– it turns out you don’t need to be No. 1 to be a Most Powerful.”
The World’s Most Powerful Women 2015, by Caroline Howard, Forbes, May 26, 2015


Female Bosses Are More Engaging Than Male Bosses

“Only one in three working Americans say they have a female boss. Female managers are more engaged than their male counterparts. Companies should hire and promote more female managers

“When it comes to the topic of women in management, times have changed — and so have attitudes.”
Female Bosses Are More Engaging Than Male Bosses, by Kimberly Fitch and Sangeeta Agrawal, Gallup Business Journal, May 7, 2015

7 Wonderfully Practical and Overlooked Books

1. Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model by John Mullins and Randy Komisar. This is a terrific book for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial advisers. If you love Lean Startup, you’ll love this. We both find ourselves teaching the analog, antilog, and “leap of faith” framework at least every month or two.

2. Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg. There is no shortage of creativity books in the world. Almost all of them include quick exercises that are fun to do in the moment. The strength of this book is its more robust and research-informed system for inspiring creativity. Good stuff.

3. The Complete Guide to Writing Questionnaires: How to Get Better Information for Better Decisions by David F. Harris. Again, this is not a general interest book. But if you need to write questionnaires that yield data you can trust, this is a must-read. Who knew questionnaires could go wrong in so many ways? And this book is actually more fun to read than it has any right to be. By the way, this is an expensive book and it should be; it is absurd to expect such specialized knowledge to cost the same as a Jack Reacher novel.

4. Sleeping with Your Smart Phone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work by Leslie Perlow. We are puzzled by the title and cover of this book. Do NOT buy this book because you work late and obsessively check your iPhone at night. Rather, buy this book because you want to read a brilliant case study of how to improve the performance and sustainability of a team in a high-pressure environment. Our #1 takeaway: To have outstanding team performance, the team must build self-awareness—that is, a team must be good at what it does AND be able to have a dialogue about how to get better at what it does.

5. Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know that Everyone Else Does Not by Andy Crowe. If you want a book that keeps you reading until the wee hours of the night, read Presumed Innocent. If you want a book that draws distinctions between great project managers and mediocre ones—distinctions that may surprise you—read this one. One huge “a-ha!” for us: The alpha project managers are rated much more highly by their peers on communication, even though they don’t spend any more time communicating. Want to know why? Read it.

6. Collaborative Intelligence: Using Teams to Solve Hard Problems by J. Richard Hackman. It’s all too rare to find a book that does a good job blending academic research, practical experience, and concrete examples/stories. For teamwork, this is that book. If your job requires you to assemble high-performing teams and to equip them with the right tools for success, then drop everything and spend a half day reading Hackman’s book.

7. Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. Confession: This is a technical violation of our standards on two grounds: Shafir and Chip shared the same graduate advisor so we do have a conflict of interest. Also, Scarcity does have many practical implications, but it is not a “nuts & bolts” book like the other 6. Nonetheless, rules are made to be broken, and this is a book that we find ourselves thinking about frequently. The concept of “tunneling” was a huge eye-opener for us. If you loved Thinking Fast and Slow, you’ll love this.

Active Listening: Let the Speaker Fill the Space


Report by Kristine Moe

On Thursday morning, April 30, Los Angeles-based professional coach and actor, and Associate Director of Learning and Development at the USC Marshall School of Business, Joshua Knightley, led a seminar on Active Listening. As managers, Knightley said, we are problem solvers. Sometimes we need to do things quickly, get the problem solved and move on. However, as managers we also need to develop our own people, and let them solve problems on their own. We can do this by honing our “active listening” skills.
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May 18, 2015 WIM Professional Development at HSC: “Speaking andPresenting with Authenticity” with Peter Cardon MBA PhD

HSC Professional Development Workshop Monday, May 18, 2015 |12-1:00 PM
Room 305, IRD Building, HSC
(Lunch will be sponsored by the Divisions of GHPGIM and Nephrology)
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$0.00 Members | $10.00 Non-Members and Guests

“Excellent speakers and presenters use the power of authenticity to connect with their audiences. In this interactive session, we’ll explore ways you can speak with more authenticity and influence others on a deeper level.”

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June 5, 2015: HSC WIM Brown Bag Book Club “A Curious Mind”

Next Meeting: Friday, June 5, 2015, Noon to 1:00
Norris Library West Conference Room, HSC
“A Curious Mind”
By Brian Grazer
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Our previous book:
Daughters of the Dragon
DaughtersOfTheDragon2 Though difficult to read at times because of the subject matter and some pretty gruesome descriptions, this book about the Korean “comfort women” of World War II was nevertheless entertaining and a good read. Almost everybody liked the book and finished it. Criticisms of the book were that the writing was not high quality and historical aspects were hard to follow. However, others enjoyed reading and learning about a time and place in history that we were not very knowledgeable about previously. It was an eye-opening look into the extreme violence, hardships and humiliation these women faced, not only at the time but throughout their lives. (review by Liz Stewart)