From the Northeastern Section of the ACS, focusing on career management and development

December 2015
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Applying the Science of Emotion
Filed under: Mentoring, First Year on Job, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 8:51 am

Scientists commonly do not applaud the embracing of emotion,
subjective judgments and intuition as they lack certainty,
measurement and facts, per se.

Brene Brown has convinced me to learn more about storytelling
and how it can be a useful device in coming to terms with our
emotions.  I liked learning about confabulations as being an
interplay of emotion, behavior and thought…Then, exploring BIG-
boundaries, integrity and generosity.

She was compelling when she described people’s bad behaviors
often baaed on inner feelings of low self-worth or pressure
or uncertainty.

Brown talks of forgiveness as not forgetting or walking away from
accountability or condoning a hurtful act.  It is the process of
taking back and healing our lives so we can truly live…It is often
not a quick and easy solution to a complex problem.

She clarifies the importance of expressing compassion and
empathy, but not sympathy.

A major take away is BRAVING as a tenant to increasing
         Boundaries - clarify what is ok
         Reliability- follow through on commitments
         Accountability - own your mistakes
         Vault - keep confidences and privacy
         Integrity - courage over comfort, right over fun, fast, easy
         Nonjudgment - open communication with feelings
         Generosity - of intentions, works and actions

A good read:  Rising Strong by Brene Brown.

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End of the Year Career Management. Linkedin, Branding
Filed under: Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Networking, Mentoring, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 11:59 am

Top Line Issues:  Linkedin, Branding, Job search management

A.  Linkedin:  Kat Moon
-Summaries, Headline, and photo need to be strong and professional
   graduate assistant is not good
   goofy photo is a turn-off
   past history bio will not convince recruiters to contact you
-Content that describes your skills needs to be relevant for new situations
   course history is like a book you have read and half forgotten
   proper use of verb tense, past and present for current experience, stands
out to recruiters
   descriptive action verbs for accomplishments, relevant skill
need to be prioritized

B.  What few words can you use to describe your most relevant skills,
applicable knowledge and abilities/contact network?  Your Brand.
-Practice how you display and perform it.
-Be aware of unique features of your being-  voice, smile, etc
-Show that you care and care about yourself and others.

C.  Career Management is full of unanticipated opportunities, luck
and sometimes what you plan.
-Develop pertinent new skills
-Express your appreciation of others

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Watch-Outs. 91. Critical thinking while reading, Energy conservation, Open Access Content
Filed under: Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 1:55 pm

Our mind travels in two directions when we read or view media.
We either reinforce our previously held beliefs or become
convinced of one side in a controversy.  An article link
suggest that this should awaken us to become critical
, always asking what is the supporting data and its
origins and can other, viable conclusions be drawn with the
personal self-assessments which draws the conclusion that
so many of these tools are out there and she bemoans any
of their benefits.

Are you amazed as I am looking around at all the solar
electric panel installations appearing on neighbors roofs and
in barren fields?  An almost forgotten approach to energy
conservation remains viable for us– conversion of
incandescent to LED lighting.

Slowly but surely, step by inching step, we are observing
ACS adopt open access journal publications.  Recently
ACS announced ACS Omega in addition to Central Science.
Cost and availability of publications are encouraging the
movement.  It is hard to understand the reluctance other
than that is the way it has always been done, especially
since more journals than not are both in print and
electronic form.
SOURCES: S. Galea, Fortune 12-15-15, p. 75 “The Big
Think,” and V. Sole-Smith, RealSimple, “Getting to know
you,” 1-2016
S. Galea informs readers that reading can be confusing
when critical conclusions by different authors are
diametrically opposed.  It is the role of “leaders” he
opines to ask the hard questions, dig up the answers,
imperfect as they may be, and importantly distinguish
the motivations that may bias the conclusions. 
[Strong article about CRITICAL THINKING.]
Sole-Smith presents her study in a popular magazine
of emotional assessment tools.  It might be that her
conclusions do not ask the hard questions.  Her
preferences might be not as clearly defined in the
output.  These tools provide insight about a range of
other “types” and she may find she is a mixture.
This can offer unrealized value.

SOURCE:  A. Staller, ECS Blog, “Low Hanging Fruits of
While replacing fossil fuel power generation with solar
energy conversion seems attractive, it is costlier and has
unanticipated side costs that are not advertised to
consumers.  Staller points to a simpler and adaptable
approach that is proven and useful on a large scale.
Worth the quick read and implementation.
See also  #1 way to fight climate change

SOURCE:  A. Yarnell, CEN 12-14-15, ACS publishing
ACS Omega

Beginning to be “published” in Spring, 2016, also allowing
authors the flexibility to transfer manuscript submissions
from one ACS journal to another.
It is a step in the right direction.
A balanced discussion occurs in wiki.

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Recommended Reading. 5.
Filed under: Recent Posts
Posted by: site admin @ 11:14 am

This year’s list includes:

James Pennebaker, The Secret life of Pronouns:  What our
words say about us
, Bloomsbury Press, NY, 2011

Brene Brown, I Thought it was Just Me:  Women Reclaiming
Power and Courage
, Gotham Books, 2007

Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen, Great by Choice:  Uncertainty,
Chaos and Luck—Why some thrive despite them all
, Harper
Collins 2011 

Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, Bold: How to go big, Achieve
Success and Impact the World
, Simon and Schuster NY, 2015

Steve Levine, Powerhouse:  Inisde the Invention of a Battery to Save
the World
,  Penguin Group Viking, NY, 2015

George J Mitchell, The Negotiator:  Reflections on an American
Simon and Schuster NY 2015

John Kounios,  Mark Beaman, The Eurika Factor: Aha moments,
Creative Insights and the Brain,
Random House,  NY,  2015

Leonard Mlodinow, The Upright Thinkers:  The Human Journey
from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos
Pantheon Books
NY 2015

S. J. Scott and Rebecca Livermore, Confident You:  Introvert’s Guide
to Success in Life and Business
,,  Kindle, 2015

Peter C Whybrow, The Well-Tuned Brain:  Neuroscience and the
Life Well Lived, 
Norton and Co., NY, 2015

Neil Psotman, The End of Education:  Redefining the Value of School,
Vintage Books, Div. of RandomHouse, NY, 1995

Frank Barners, Body Language Box Set:  Crucial Body Language
Guide with Tips to Learn and Read and Talk,  Kindle, 2015  

Michael Nir,  Body Language:  Silent Influencing, Kindle, 2015

Peter Bregman, 18 Minutes  Find your Focus, Master Distractions
and Get the right things done,
Business Plus, NY, 2011 

David Brooks, The Road to Character,  Random House 2015

John C. Maxwell, 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, Center Street

PhillipTetlock, Dan Gardner, Superforecasting, Kindle books,
Penguin, RandomHouse, 2015 

Previous lists:

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New Trend in Applications. Diversity Statements
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Mentoring, Legal matters, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 12:34 pm

The option, honestly, the requirement, of submitting “diversity
statements’ was recently brought to my attention
in an
application under consideration.

The option appears in application documents submitted for
areas like: teaching positions, graduate schools in liberal
arts and sciences, and in law schools. 2     International
organizations recognized cultural diversity as part of the
globalization trend more than a decade ago.

A number of global businesses have incorporated diversity
into their mission statement, as can be found in annual
reports and webpages.  In these, it is often you can observe
a business case” supporting diversity.

Much of the advice offered for ideas to include seem to
shine more light on Pier Forni’s work on civility. 

It should be recognized that the concept is morphing and
the examples and values expressed in statements should
be consistent with the organization for which the one-page
diversity statement is formulated.  [see also. ]

Some ideas might include:
   active open-mindedness with a shared purpose
   outcomes in our lives change positively resulting from experiences
   broadness and depth of input and perspective can often be more
significant than ability, as it can be tuned to specific instances

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Professional Behavior. “Committed” Mentoring
Filed under: Mentoring, First Year on Job, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 12:51 pm

While this blog has spoken about a valuable role
reverse mentoring” is for many, it is a fuzzy term.
The reason for pointing this out is observed by
perusing Leslie Kwoh’s article on the topic
highlighting a concept favored by former GE CEO
Jack Welch.

The communication paradigm has shifted about
knowledge and wisdom transfer. 
With faster
adoption and change, expertise has a shorter lifetime
and needs more frequent upgrading and refreshing.

Some commenters suggest that reverse mentoring
can be observed in situations focusing on coaching
skills in exchange for reciprocal behaviors of like
minded individuals.

Thus, it might be better to define Committed
which borrows a number of valuable
concepts from superforecasting teams including:
1.  AOM active openmindedness - trust in allowing
all members to ask questions
2.  Perform Premortem thinking - assume a course of
action failed and think about why this happened
3.  Define a shared purpose
4.  Opens the reciprocal sharing to other outside input
which brings in diversity.

This brings in some of the content from Tetlock’s
“Superforecasters” teams that produce the best results of
predicting future outcomes.

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