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11/30/13
Trends in Technical Careers. 11. Small talk, Interdisciplinary developments
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Leadership, Post-docs, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 10:05 am

Sitting with drinks we chatted about how their workplace culture
was changing as a result of a recent change in CEO.  She mentioned
that it was quite curious and impactful that she found herself staying
quite late one evening.  She took a short break and walked down the
hall and found herself seeing the new exec coming toward her.  She
smiled and greeted him.  He responded and asked what kept her late
at work.

It was review time and the forms they need to fill out take a great deal
of time and effort.  He was grateful to receive the frank and honest
input.  He had some ideas about how to improve them.

A week later the division devised a new research reporting scheme,
much like group meetings reporting and commenting on literature
results.  Her group was selected to go first and so she sat in the middle
and near the front.   The CEO came in just before the start and sat
directly in front of her.  At a break in the session he turned to her
and engaged in small talk.  Then, he mentioned that he had put in place
a change to the review process and wanted her to come to him and
let him know if it was shorter, easier and met their needs.

She was approached by a number of her direct reports and superiors
about how did she have the new CEO want to speak to her.  What did
he say, etc.

It goes to point out the importance of confidence, and the ability to
engage in small talk and know that decision makers need unfiltered
information with specific data. 

IMPORTANCE OF SMALL TALK
NPR, C. Trageser, 11-30-13 wrote a piece and offered a linked
podcast so you can gain more information on the importance of
small talk
.  It is good reading.
Note especially the “contrariwise” comment not liking it.  “…failure
to hire the most qualified individual the result of a poor hiring process
rather than scientists not learning skills relevant to their jobs after
spending nigh three decades on developing their necessary skills…”

Technical skills alone are not enough to be offered the jobs you
seek.
  Round out your education with co-curricular skills

INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE APPLIED TO PRECISION
MEDICINE
Robert Stevenson American Laboratory N/D 2013 made me want
to change my plans at an upcoming meeting when he extracted the
essence of Eric Topol’s book and distributed it throughout an
article on precision medicine.  Precision medicine is where
patients and health care providers team up to assess and treat risks
and deliver “the right [therapy] in the right dose at the right time.”

Notable factoids
:
20000 genes are regulated by >4 million regulators.  Complex.
No surprise that one mutation can disable a “stop signal”
“Stop signals implicated in autoimmune diseases and cancer.”

Personal electronics ideal interface for connecting biosensors to
the digital world.

FDA approved pills with RF chips to “time stamp” ingestion of pills.

Patients diagnosed with cancer should request a portion of their
biopsy frozen for sequencing and “inquire about whole genome
sequencing.”

Decreasing value of “population medicine”

Strong consideration for “”no nuke” policy for exposure to radiation.

Server farms consume as much energy as the world’s airlines.

BIOPHOTONICS SURPASSING BIOMIMETICS
 Caren Les reported Eijiro Miyako’s composite biooptical
material from butterfly wings and nanotubes using lasers

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