Few people are actually voiceless

One of the concepts we hear/use a lot – particularly in social equity contexts – is that of “giving voice to the voiceless.”  I was at a YWCA luncheon honoring Richmond women and one of them spoke about her experience growing up with her autistic brother, and how the experience of helping him actually helped her.  She also…

Bless our hearts

I tried to find her tweet but I couldn’t.  Several days ago Tressie McMillan Cottom was dealing with a white woman who was spouting some nonsense on Twitter.  If you know Tressie, you can guess how the conversation went.  Somewhere in the middle of the back and forth retweets, Tressie tweeted something like this (paraphrased): “white…

Second-Guessing

This tweet. Too Much Emotional Intelligence Is a Bad Thing – Scientific American. #digitalhealth https://t.co/SkyXl0i78s — JOHN NOSTA (@JohnNosta) May 14, 2017 Too much emotional intelligence increases stress because if you focus too much on the feelings of others, you second-guess yourself into oblivion.  You become paralyzed in your choices. This reminds me of a…

Therapy

I was listening to a successful, high-powered woman executive speak at a luncheon the other day.  Someone asked her about the best thing she ever did for personal development (not to be confused with “taking-a-bath-to-relax” self-care or strictly professional development) and she said “start going to a counselor; if things aren’t going well in your professional…

Getting back on the horse

It’s been forever since I last blogged. There have been things – presentations, projects, parties, and other life events…so many things that I could have blogged about but did not.  Ironically, my excuse is not that I’ve been too busy.  Sometimes I haven’t had the heart, sometimes I’ve been waiting to decide how my blog…

Laying Out My Pieces

A quick thought on an Easter morning – When did we stop asking questions? Or did we ever start? I was in the doctor’s office the other day for a routine check-up. The nurse, who was going through the standard screening questions, said: “And you don’t smoke or drink alcohol.” I responded, “Well, I don’t smoke but…

End of another era

Approximately seven years ago, I left a rapidly growing medical practice for an uncertain future. I didn’t have a plan.  Come to find out, I didn’t have much of an idea about my core identity either, because what I had was so integrated with my profession. The year(s) after I left medicine was (were) very…

I am officially MBTI certified

A couple of weeks ago, I met my former advisor at a campus coffee shop.  It had been a while since we had caught up and the conversation went as these things usually do. He updated me on his research plans and I told him all about my new job.  Things were going well and with…

New job, new narrative

Starting a new job has its challenges, one of which is introducing yourself and getting to know your work colleagues.  I attended my first faculty meeting several weeks ago.  I didn’t know anyone in the room except for my boss, so she introduced me, I smiled and waved, and the meeting went on. It was…

Peer Coaching: The Basics

Last week I was responsible for introducing a faculty group to the concept of peer coaching.  Most in the room had heard of it but few had participated in any sort of formalized peer coaching experience and no one could define peer coaching or differentiate it from other forms of coaching, mentoring, or training. What is…

Connecting Spaces

This afternoon, the steering committee for #openlearning17, a AACU Faculty Collaboratives Experience, met to discuss what has gone well with the experience thus far and what we can do to improve.  Several of us mentioned how thought-provoking and mind-bending the Twitter discussions have been, but others have made a request: specifically, those who have been…