It’s Thanksgiving – What Are You Grateful For?

November is Thanksgiving time – our country’s wonderful tradition of taking time to reflect and give thanks.  To me, Thanksgiving is all about gratitude – in other words, finding within ourselves a deeper appreciation of the many good things in our work and our life, and passing that gratitude forward.  Gratitude has [...]

By | 2017-06-03T01:34:39+00:00 November 1, 2016|1 Comment

What does Kung Fu Panda and Strategic Planning Have in Common?

“If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than you are.” – Kung Fu Panda, DreamWorks Animation I wish I could take credit for finding this terrific quote, but Sharon Wahl, our Partners in Education manager, used this in her remarks at the fall graduation for our clinical laboratory scientist training pro [...]

By | 2017-06-03T01:37:22+00:00 October 1, 2016|0 Comments

Do You Know the Real “Job to Be Done” in Your Job??

So perhaps this sounds like a ridiculous title because of course, you know the job you need to do – you make or read slides, you run tests and produce results, you provide reports, you teach, you run experiments to answer research questions, you process the zillions of paperwork that the university and the government [...]

By | 2017-06-03T01:37:58+00:00 August 31, 2016|0 Comments

Is It Patient Care? Is It Research? Is It My Job??

You’ve probably heard that our school is in the midst of a major strategic planning process – our vice chancellor and dean Julie Freischlag is working with faculty, staff, students and the community to identify and build on UCDHS’ unique strengths so that we can make UC Davis Health System stand out in the crowd as a [...]

By | 2017-06-03T01:44:19+00:00 July 7, 2016|0 Comments

Is Our Workplace Culture as Special as the Silicon Valley’s?

We’ve all heard a lot about the famous work culture in the tech industry in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.  LinkedIn has new offices in SOMA and a recent article in Forbes lavished praise on the free locally-sourced food, open work-spaces to encourage collaboration, the work-out center and games on every floor [...]

By | 2017-06-03T01:49:15+00:00 June 2, 2016|1 Comment