July 25

Photography 101 by Huibo Hou

@Huibo Hou

@Huibo Hou

2016/7/15:Photography 101

Time: 2016/7/15, 12pm-1:30pm
Topic:
– What is photography

– Basics and a brief introduction on how to take portrait photos, landscape photos

– Post processing & how to improve your techniques

演讲者简介:

侯慧波是手机半导体芯片设计行业的工程师,对摄影的兴趣是从1999年有了第一台佳 能胶片单反开始的,2004年转为数字摄影。慧波的摄影兴趣比较集中在风光,自然光人像和街拍,尤其钟爱黑白片。一张适合黑白的照片洗去了色彩的铅华,可以让人更专注于线条,形式,质感和氛围的魅力。一张好的黑白片不是光线不理想时的第二选择,而应该是对场景仔细斟酌过后有意识有目的的前期决定,这也是她用来鞭策自己的理念。关于黑白片的后期,她以前在暗房里洗过一阵子胶片,这段经历让她在黑白后期处理时比较得心应手,同时更加能体会到现在后期软件的博大精深。黑白后期的理念和流程慧波一直比较认同摄影师Guy Tal写的Creative B&W Processing Techniques。 慧波觉得摄影师最重要的能力是要有眼光从貌似杂乱无序的现实中去粗取精,提取艺术美感。

慧波目前有13张作品在1X上发表,她目前有两幅作品在San Diego Natural History Museum 2016 San Diego Best of Nature Photography Exhibition中展出。她在SmugMug上还有个比较完整的个人网页。希望能与各位摄友在这些平台上继续交流:
http://huibohou.smugmug.com
https://www.flickr.com/photos/huibohou
https://1x.com/member/huibohou

 

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PPT animations are not available here. If you want to see the original presentation with animations, please directly contact Huibo Hou (huibohou@yahoo.com)。 All images’ copyright is owned by Huibo Hou unless otherwise mentioned in the slides. Permission must be obtained from Huibo Hou if anyone want to use any images.

April 24

Time Management

@Mr. George Chu

@Mr. George Chu

2016/4/22:时间管理

Time: 2016/4/22, 12pm-1:30pm

Topic:

– Factors that affect the way we spend our time

– How to improve efficiency

– Q&A

演讲者简介:

朱正中:美国化学和工商管理双硕士,美國芝加哥 Lake Forest 大學 EMBA,前中国可口可乐副总裁兼总经理,曾任上市公司董事、香港友信行總裁及 MPI 廣告公司集團首席營運總裁、美國諮詢公司 Thomas Group 的中國區總經理、 上海永樂家電公司,恆安國際,蒙牛乳業的獨立董事。中美食品协会会长、美国华人创业协会的主席。在上海期间,曾两度获上海市市长白玉兰奖。早在1989年,朱老师的名字被载入了美国主管人士名人录。是锐成企业管理公司创始人,现任国际华人企业家协会董事长。

朱老师在工业型及迅速发展的消费品行业中已有30多 年的实际操作经验,所涉及的工作包括战略性规划、生产、销售、市场营销、采购供應鏈等方面。為中國多家民營、國營、外企訂定策略、組織與培訓。以美國及中國的豐富工作經驗,最早把許多先進的國外管理觀念藉演講及培訓引進到國內,協助許多中國大中型企業的管理和重整。同时,朱老师对在中国经营的管理、革新和转换也颇有经验。曾为多家知名的企业进行过许多管理方面的专题研讨会,公开课程及公司内部培训。企业包括可口可乐公司、阿里巴巴,西門子,斯奈德,花王,安利,IBM雀巢公司、施乐公司、力邦漆公司、福特汽车公司及强生公司等。

讲座总结:

 

  1. Ask yourself a few questions:
  • Do you feel constantly not having enough time?
  • If you have more time, where or what would you spend your extra time?
  • What is the biggest barrier to improve your time management?
  • When you don’t have enough time, what would you decide to sacrifice?
  1. Time management is not about managing time at all. It’s about managing factors that can affect the way you spend your time.
  • People relationship

It is extremely important. It takes time to cultivate the relationship that you will need at critical times. If you don’t spend time nurturing good people relationship, it’ll end up costing you more time.

  • The right attitude towards time

Understand that time is so precious that once gone it’ll never come back. It’s the most precious thing that you could ever possess.

  • Build consensus with your family members
    • If you need to work extra hours for 3 months to complete a project, you need to build consensus with your family members (partners/children): What I’ll need from you for the 3 months and what I offer after the 3 months are over. Build that consensus with your family members can help you achieve your goal without driving everyone crazy.
    • Run family meetings and involve your children. Let them know what’s going on with the family and communicate to them as if they were adults. This allows them to participate and give inputs and train them to behave that way when they grow up.
    • Make them part of the consensus process. It makes them feel involved and committed. In order for people to commit to do something, you need to make them feel like they are part of the decision making process. This applies to people management too.
  • Self-discipline
    • Highly successful people are usually highly self-disciplined.
    • Sunday evenings are usually reserved to quiet down and get ready for important meetings on Monday.
  • Clear goal
    • Clearly define your goal in everything you do. What’s your purpose?
    • Depending on whether your goal is to build relationship, to learn more about your client, or to make a deal, you would need to come up with completely different strategies and ways of doing things.
  • Your capability/efficiency
    • Learn to be organized.
    • Tips on how to take notes during meetings: one column for details/notes; one column for action items.

 

  • Your body and health condition.
    • Learn how to work with your energy level, not against it.
    • 70% of people are morning person. If you are not one of them, people might perceive you as sloppy/not efficient.
    • Exercise in the morning is a good idea to make you feel cheerful and ready to fight. It gives you enough energy throughout the day.
  1. Differentiate between high-payoff jobs vs. low-payoff jobs
  • As a manager, don’t get too deep. Don’t micromanage.
  • Learn how to delegate. Focus on strategic work.
  1. Improve efficiency: BEDS
  • Establish Boundaries
    • Clearly define who does what.
    • For what purpose and why.
    • Define role and process before doing anything.
  • Manage Expectations
    • Build high level confidence and gracefully accept challenges. Learn how to fight back and prove yourself in a peaceful, graceful and humorous manner.
    • Language is the worst excuse. You can do things to improve it.
    • Believe in yourself. Learn how to manage other people and your own expectation of yourself.
  • Delegate appropriately
    • Getting too deep results in self-satisfaction, and illusion of job security as you are busy all the time.
  • Encourage mutually Serving
    • Engineers might feel it’s a sign of incapability to ask for help. In reality, as a manager, asking for help from engineers can make them feel empowered and motivate them to do better job.
  1. Presentation skills is way more important than Technical skills
  • Don’t hold on to technical skills as it’ll get old.

6.How to break through from technical to business

  • Go on customer visits with sales people.
  • Initiate new ideas.
  • Use every opportunity to expand your area and create opportunities
  • Observe/summarize/push ideas/add value.
  • Push yourself, because no one else will.

7.Final message

  • Spend time on things that are important to you.
  • Important but not urgent things are usually the things we neglect. Don’t procrastinate on things that are important but not urgent, such as exercise to keep a healthy body, cultivating people relationship, and etc.
March 20

About Alphago, Self-driving car, Deep learning and AI

@Dr. Yinyin Liu

@Dr. Yinyin Liu

Dr. Yinyin Liu has over ten years of experience in developing neural models and learning algorithms, applying machine learning and computational neuroscience to areas including image recognition, reinforcement learning and robotics. She worked on computer vision, neuromorphic computing, deep learning, and robotic systems at Qualcomm Research. She recently worked on deep learning platforms and data science at Nervana Systems.

 

 

 

 

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February 19

Blind spots of successful engineers…and how to find your own solution

@Chaoxiong You

@Chaoxiong You

Chaoxiong You is a technical consultant by day and leadership coach by night. As a consultant, Chaoxiong advises Fortune 500 retailers such as Apple, Target, Nordstrom on system transformation strategy, helps the business teams define requirements and guides the product development team to design and implement them. As a coach, Chaoxiong helps professionals from various industries and career levels to navigate people challenges, career exploration and personal growth. Chaoxiong You adopts a unique solution-based coaching approach that is bilingual, culturally sensitive and highly customized. She is an ACC certified coach by the International Coaching Federation. Chaoxiong You has graduated from Amherst College (MA) and is now pursuing an MS in Adult Learning & Organizational Change in Northwestern University.

 

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February 6

职场迷宫:从探险者到导航者

@Dr. Mingxi Fan

@Dr. Mingxi Fan

VP of Engineering at Qualcomm Corporate R&D

Dr. Mingxi Fan is currently Vice President of Engineering in Qualcomm Research System Department. He joined the division in 2002 as a system engineer on cdma 2000 EV-DO project. He has worked on key initiatives on C2K, UMTS, and LTE driving technology innovation and product enhancements, going through the entire invention and development cycle including system architecture and algorithm design, prototype implementation, standardization, technology positioning and evangelization, as well as commercial product development and verification. He also helped company to found Qualcomm Research China operation established 2008 in Beijing. He is presently leading the R&D initiative for taking LTE to unlicensed bands. Mingxi holds over 20 U.S. patents and has received top contributor awards in Qualcomm Research in 2004 and 2011. Mingxi received his Bachelor, Master and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1999 and 2002, respectively, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, where he also received the Ernst A. Guillemin EE Master’s thesis award from MIT in June, 1999.

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January 28

Only If I was….by Dr. Yuanyuan Zhou @ UCSD

@Dr. Yuanyuan Zhou

@Dr. Yuanyuan Zhou

Dr. Yuanyuan Zhou Co-Founder of Pattern Insight and Whova
Dr. Zhou (周源源)is a Qualcomm Chair Professor in Mobile Computing at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) since 2009. Prior to UCSD, she was a tenured professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Her area of expertise include data centers, computer systems, data analytics and mobile systems. She has so far graduated 18 Ph.D students, most of whom are now either successful entrepreneurs or tenured/tenure-track professors at top universities including University of Chicago, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Ohio State University, etc. In parallel to her academic career, she has also co-founded three companies, with the first two successfully exited to public companies. As the President in her second startup, Pattern Insight, she led the company to become profitable since 2010 and was acquired by VmWare in July 2012, providing good returns for investors and shareholders. Currently she is busy with her third startup, Whova. It has gained substantial customer traction worldwide and has successfully raised substantial investment a few months ago. She obtained her BS in computer science from Peking University, and her MS and Ph.D from Princeton University. She is an ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow, Sloan Research Fellow (2007) and the winner of ACM Mark Weiser award (2015).

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January 18

工作中个人品牌建立及有效沟通

@Wenjie Li

@Wenjie Li

2015/1/15:工作中个人品牌建立及有效沟通

Time: 2015/1/15, 12pm-1:30pm

Topics:

– Build personal brand at work

– Professional network and communication (email & public speaking)

 

  1. What is personal brand?
  • Personal brand is the first thing coming to people’s mind when thinking of you (Reliable? Smart? Hardworking? Get things done (go-getter)? Effective leader? Creative?).
  • It differentiates you from people around you. It makes your competitive and desirable in workplaces. It also makes you an authoritative figure in certain area.
  • If you choose to guide and cultivate your personal brand, it can work for you in your career development.

 

  1. How to build your personal brand?
  • Start with identifying your core strength.
    • What are you good at?
    • In what aspects you can outshine others?
    • Is there a certain subject matter in which you want to be perceived as an expert?
    • Are there general qualities you want linked to your brand?
  • Consistently, and constantly show your strength in jobs big or small.
    • Every time you are in a meeting, at a conference, networking reception or other event, be mindful of what others are experiencing about you and what you want others to experience about you.
    • It’s not about “acting” or “faking”. It’s about authentically demonstrating your true strength and letting people around you be aware of it.
  • Build solid foundation and then expand your expertise from your core strength, gradually.
    • Such as from a strong technical individual contributor to an effective leader.

 

  1. How to grow your supportive network (more than just another acquaintance on Linkedin)?
  • A supportive professional network is essential in career growth.
  • Win hearts by treating others the way you like to be treated (think from others’ perspective).
  • Thinking from others’ perspective is core strength as a woman engineer. Leverage that strength.

 

  1. Guidelines on interacting with others at work
  • As an individual contributor: be true to your personal brand, deliver above and beyond, NEVER shoot for mediocre, make your lead’s life easier.
    • Keep your manager/lead updated of your progress;
    • Don’t hit them by any surprises.
    • Never over-commit.
  • As a lead: lead by example, manage by providing services, drive by motivating others, give others exciting opportunities and due credit.
    • Learn how to say NO with well-articulated reasons. Be a strong lead.
    • Clearly document responsibilities for your team members. Avoid any ambiguity on who does what.
    • Address issues when it happens. Don’t wait or avoid facing the problem.
    • Think about things you don’t have to do – don’t waste time on things that’re not helping.
  • As a coworker: achieve synergy; create win-win situation; good fence makes good neighbor
    • Together you can produce something that none of you could have produce individually. Listen to other people before trying to make your point.
    • Help your coworker, but do not be afraid to challenge unreasonable request
    • Sometimes diplomatic skills help you navigate.
    • Use fact to defend yourself.
  • Outreach beyond “1-person world”: let others know you outside work, network with similar-minded professionals through events giving back to the community: QWISE, GHC, Food Bank etc.
    • Don’t isolate ourselves
    • Give back to the community by voluntary work
    • Make your voice heard by speaking up.
    • You are powerful enough to make a lot of things happen. Make your power count.

 

  1. As a lead, step by step guide on how to create synergy at work (read more here)
  • First state the problem clearly so that everyone understands what needs to be solved.
  • Second, let everyone state their opinion and ask for clarification if needed. It is important to let everyone fully express themselves before trying to make your point.
  • Third, share your opinion.
  • Brainstorm new solutions together. Don’t judge people’s suggestions; genuinely consider all of the alternatives presented. An idea that might look stupid at first sight might be a very good solution.
  • Finally, pick the best solution together.

 

  1. Effectively work with your manager/lead and protect your own work:
  • Document scope of work, roles and responsibilities, individual contribution in reports (discuss with team before presentation)
    • Communicate to your lead often. Make sure everyone is on the same page on the plan.
    • Break down big tasks into small mini-tasks. Map out the details. Put a name to each of the small tasks and make dependencies clear.
  • Really (REALLY) spend time on detailing what you have done in your self-review. Keep a work journal so you don’t forget any of your work. Provide your manager with both the details and an executive summary to make his/her work easier.
    • Use your calendar creatively. Mark down important dates when certain events happen.
    • It helps you keep track of agenda of meetings.
    • Block your calendar for important tasks you need to complete before others book that time for meetings.
  • Always present your own work during meetings. It is YOUR JOB, both the credit and the responsibility. If others try to present your work, insist that you do it yourself.
  • Report any infringement to your project lead and supervisor in writing with supporting evidence. Stop it before it gets worse.

 

  1. Find a mentor
  • Mentor is someone who is more experienced, holds a higher position and takes interest in your career growth. The ultimate mentor is someone high in the command chain, which in turn can make a big difference in your career development.
  • In reality, mentor can be anyone you feel comfortable with and/or can learn something from.
    • Your co-worker: demonstrates mastery on something such as presentation skills, email skills or “suck-up” skills (analyze, take the valuable, throw away the garbage)
    • Your leads: there is at least 1 good reason he/she is in lead position, find it and make it part of you (if it fits); volunteer to take on additional projects so lead can spend more time with you working together and offering advice
    • Your manager: take well-thought-of questions to your regular 1:1 meeting. Questions such as: I believe I did a good job in last review period but only got 3, what can I do to improve my merit rating? I want to expand my knowledge in <area>, can you help me get on one of these projects as you see fit?

 

  1. The right way to approach your upper management leader
  • Take the INITIATIVE to introduce yourself to your director or VP.
  • When you feel comfortable after some interaction, schedule a 1:1 meeting.
    • Share your experience/expertise and ask suggestions on career development to HELP THE DEPARTMENT GROW (not just your personal growth).
    • Think in their shoes: what’s keeping them up at night? What problems interest them? Think about what business impact your work is making and how your work affects company bottom line. Make connections between what you do and what he/she tries to achieve. Find out problem areas where they are personally attached.
    • If you can convince your VP that your goal is to make his/her life easier, how can he/she refuse to help you?
    • Put your heart in the right place. With your growth, you can make more contribution to the department. This is a win-win situation.
  • If you are really lucky, he/she might become your mentor who can guide you in your career growth in the longer term.

 

  1. Goal of effective email communication: deliverer the most important information in 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Subject Line: Highlight what this email is about with a concise summary in 1 line (15 words)
  • Email Body:
    • Background: Needed if some readers are new to this matter in discussion. Can skip if all the readers are aware of the issue and the discussion has been ongoing. 1 or 2 lines.
    • Summary: Good news or bad news, plan forward, resource needed. This is the most important information for the key stakeholder.
    • Detailed data: For engineering team members who need to know the bells and whistles.
    • Acknowledgement: For formal email report with multiple groups collaborating. Highlight the key contributors/groups so they stand out even at the end of email body.
    • Attach detailed engineering report.

 

  1. Public speaking
  • Knowledge: Know your stuff
  • Passion: Believe in what you are telling other people
  • Work it: Practice, practice and more practice
  • Learning resources:
    • TED (http://www.ted.com/)
    • Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds (Carmine Gallo)

 

  1. How to better manage things in life and still find time to learn
  • Set priority: what do you absolutely have to do? What do you want to do?
  • Learn to be more efficient at tasks.
  • Better planning skills – think more and do less.
  • Learning by doing
  • Reflect by the end of day.
  • Read a book and apply to your life and work: 7 habits of most effective people
December 18

高科技行业职场女性如何扬长避短

@Mr. George Chu

@Mr. George Chu

2015/12/18:高科技行业职场女性如何扬长避短

Time: 2015/12/18, 12pm-1:30pm

Topic:

– Career tips for female engineers

– How to leverage our strength as female engineers

– Q&A

演讲者简介:

朱正中:美国化学和工商管理双硕士,美國芝加哥 Lake Forest 大學 EMBA,前中国可口可乐副总裁兼总经理,曾任上市公司董事、香港友信行總裁及 MPI 廣告公司集團首席營運總裁、美國諮詢公司 Thomas Group 的中國區總經理、 上海永樂家電公司,恆安國際,蒙牛乳業的獨立董事。中美食品协会会长、美国华人创业协会的主席。在上海期间,曾两度获上海市市长白玉兰奖。早在1989年,朱老师的名字被载入了美国主管人士名人录。是锐成企业管理公司创始人,现任国际华人企业家协会董事长。

朱老师在工业型及迅速发展的消费品行业中已有30多 年的实际操作经验,所涉及的工作包括战略性规划、生产、销售、市场营销、采购供應鏈等方面。為中國多家民營、國營、外企訂定策略、組織與培訓。以美國及中國的豐富工作經驗,最早把許多先進的國外管理觀念藉演講及培訓引進到國內,協助許多中國大中型企業的管理和重整。同时,朱老师对在中国经营的管理、革新和转换也颇有经验。曾为多家知名的企业进行过许多管理方面的专题研讨会,公开课程及公司内部培训。企业包括可口可乐公司、阿里巴巴,西門子,斯奈德,花王,安利,IBM雀巢公司、施乐公司、力邦漆公司、福特汽车公司及强生公司等。

讲座总结:

1. The hard fact that we must face

  • Tech industry is still a men’s world.
  • It’s natural for women to feel alienated.
  • Women deserve more respect than they are currently given.
  • Women are given less promotion opportunity than men.

 

2. Don’t bury our heads in the sand. Learn to deal with it.

  • Try harder. There is no such thing as “I deserve it”. We might have to try 10 times harder than our male peer to get promoted.
  • It’s not all about performance, but performance is a prerequisite. It’s the basis of everything.
  • Be presentable
    • Be able to talk/communicate: be familiar with sports and politics.
    • Have a sense of humor: start with remembering some jokes and make people laugh.
  • Bosses are more willing to promote people who can represent him/her.
    • Find the gap and figure out how to bridge that gap.

 

3. Chinese ladies are easily stereotyped as:

  • Conservative
  • Lack of common sense
    • Not knowing what’s happening in the society.
    • Only cares about family and kids.
  • Work hard
    • Only knows how to work, and easily perceived as a “worker”, and not a “leader”.
    • Not knowing how to enjoy life, and perceived as “boring” and “nerdy”.
  • Enjoy gossiping
    • Break room gossip in Chinese might hurt your professional image without you realizing it.
    • Talking in Chinese among yourself in work place might do more harm than you think.
  • Not being assertive
    • Too soft spoken might hurt you.
    • Might be perceived as “not confident”.
  • Quiet (considered as having no opinion, and lack of judgment)
    • If you don’t say anything, people assume you don’t know anything, and you are easily perceived as “incompetent” or “lack of knowledge”.
    • If you think “action speaks louder than words” and shows that you actually know stuff in action without talking about it, you might be be perceived as “not honest”/”sneaky”.
    • People respect whatever you say. Do speak up. Say anything.
    • Opinion is the really the lowest form of knowledge. Sometimes you just need to voice your opinion/preference. There is no correct/wrong answer.
  • Being too mindful of narrow personal gains and losses
    • 0.5% raise is not that important in the grand scheme of things. Argue with your boss on little things is not worth it.
    • Elevate yourself in the highest horizon and move yourself higher.
    • Don’t limit yourself on little things. Think big picture.

 

4. Become the favorite workplace character

  • Delivering excellent results
    • Not good/mediocre results. Excellent performance is the prerequisite of everything.
    • Never assume. Know what your boss is looking for. Have lots of dialogue to understand needs.
    • Know how much time/resource for you to achieve that results. Manage expectation.
  • Agility
    • Quickly learn new things. Learn fast.
    • Know how to learn: learning by doing; free online resources; go to the field;
    • Monetary gain should not be the goal when you try to learn new skills. Find ways (voluntary opportunities) to practice skills and acquire experiences.
  • Team player
    • Team player doesn’t mean always agreeing with other people.
    • It means know how to motivate/encourage/inspire other people who are around you. Make people feel good/get better.
    • Make people feel the team is a concrete entity/know how to hold people together, that’s how you become a leader.
  • Not too humble
    • Humble might be perceived as “weak”.
  • Proactive
    • Forward thinking
  • Good communication
    • Good presentation skills is super important.
    • Practice in front of mirror/with your family.
    • Start taking action NOW.
    • It’s a long term investment in time & effort. Harvest time might be 10 years or later.
  • Knowing big picture
    • Don’t limit to your technical domain.
    • Pay attention to what’s happening with your industry/company.
  • Broad common sense
    • Engineers love solving problems. But problem solving skills are not applicable when there is no “problem” or the problem is not well defined.
    • Engineers are too logical, but all things are not “logical” or “reasonable”.
    • Relationship building is more important than anything.

 

5. Learn some marketing & psychology might help you in the long run

  • Know how people think and why people behave certain ways.
    • A simple statement from the manager -“I’m always there whenever you need help”- makes the team perform substantially higher.
  • Know how to give feedback.
  • How to influence without authority
  • Build self-confidence.
    • Posture is super important.
    • Practice your posture.

 

6. New trend in management/leadership styles

  • No longer focus on toughness/decisiveness.
  • Millennials works well in places where their leader understands them, instead of forcing them.
  • Women are better in reading social cues such as facial expression, vocal tone, body language/posture, and gestures. Such strength can make women better leaders in the new age.

 

7. Leverage women’s strength

  • Higher EQ
    • Women are more willing to understand others’ perspective.
  • Being calm and cool under pressure
    • If you can bear the pain of having a baby, nothing else should scare you.
  • Resilience
  • More objective
    • Men are more subjective, more often making judgments based on their perspective.
  • Better communicator
  • Easier to build relationship

 

8. Time management is crucial

  • Successful people are often highly disciplined. They stick to their time management plan. Never sloppy.
  • You do not need to sacrifice career for family, or vice versa. Good time management skills save you from wasting time on things that don’t matter.
  • Build strong relationship with other people so you can best utilize your time on things that matters. Try to find win-win situation for people around you (husband/children/boss).

 

9. Manage and control your emotion in work place

  • Understand your emotion. Know your hot button and find ways to regulate.
  • Getting angry is not worth it. Effectively communicate.
  • It’s a skill you might want to cultivate your children early on. Ask him/her: what makes you happy and what makes you sad?

 

10. Tips for career women who have heavy family care duty

  • Ask yourself: how serious are you with your career?
  • Opportunity comes and goes. Your boss will not wait for you.
  • It’s okay if you are not willing to take on new opportunities/new roles because of your focus on the family, but you need to prove to your boss that you are worth the money he is paying you.

 

11. How to make the leap from non-management role to management role

  • Don’t wait to get promoted. Tell your boss that you are ready to take on new challenges to learn more. Let the boss know that taking on management role is part of your career plan.
  • Show that you are serious about it by coming up with an action plan: training/learning opportunities/take on new responsibilities.

 

12. How to change career path from technical to marketing.

  • Ask yourself: is this the job you want? If not, find ways to improve yourself and change it.
  • Take time to think: what do I need to learn? Where is the gap? Think about areas that you can integrate what you currently do and what you want to do. For example, technical marketing might be a good fit if you want to make the transition from technical to marketing.
  • Many free learning resources available online.
  • Take on volunteer/non-paid jobs to practice your new skills.
  • It takes time to see results.
  • You are the only one who knows what you want. No one else will do it for you.

 

13. How to better prepare yourselves before starting your own company.

  • Know your customer: who is your target audience.
  • What’s your value proposition: product or service? What makes your product or service unique/non-replaceable/not easily copied by another company?
  • How big is the market? What’s your break-even point? Know when you can make a profit.
  • How much capital is needed and where can you find the capital?
  • How to grow your company from one stage to another?
  • Does it worth it? If successful, return for working on your own venture is higher than working for others.

 

14. What triggers you to change jobs?

  • Clear objective. Time for a change when you can’t grow/ can’t learn new things/ can’t get satisfied with your job.
  • It’s more about learning to be a better human being, than being savvier in your technical domain.
  • Don’t force yourself to move up. Do you really want it? Higher level positions mean more work, more responsibilities and more pressure.
  • Find your calling: what makes you happy.
December 4

有关《向前一步》Lean in的讨论

@Frances Chen

@Frances Chen

2015/12/4:《向前一步》Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg and Lean in Circle

Time: 2015/12/4, 12pm-1:30pm

Topic:

– Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg

– Lean in circle (http://leanincircles.org/)

分享总结:

  1. The leadership ambition gap

Observation:

  • Fewer women wants to reach c-level position; Fewer women are in leadership positions than men with similar education background.

Reasons behind:

  • Women are not traditionally encouraged to exhibit traits such as advocating oneself and taking risks, which career progression heavily depend upon.
  • Women are not ambitious enough.

Behavioral change tips:

  • Encourage ourselves and our daughters to take risks. Compared to men who are more often the primary bread winner in the family, women should give ourselves more room to take risks.
  • Always remember to advocate ourselves, our gender, our culture, our community and our society.
  • Ask for and apply for promotion when you think you deserve it. Good job itself doesn’t naturally lead to reward and recognition.
  • Find ways to make your value and hard work recognized by your team and manager. Regular presentation and work summary report are good practices.

 

  1. Confidence

Observation:

  • Both men and women are susceptible to the imposter syndrome (capable people plagued by self-doubt), however women tend to experience it more and their career get impacted more.

Reasons behind:

  • Men appear to be more confident than women in work places. Women think they are qualified to take on a higher position only when they feel they are 100% qualified. Men think they are qualified to do the job when they are 60% qualified.
  • Women often judge their own performance worse than it actually is, while men often judge their performance better than it actually is.
  • Women attribute success to external factors such as team work, luck, and help from others, while men attribute success to their innate qualities and skills.

Behavioral change tips:

  • Sit at the table in team meetings. Don’t sit in the second row.
  • Find ways to build and increase self-confidence.
  • When we do self-review, give ourselves a little boost on ratings.
  • Remember how awesome and great we are every day. Remind ourselves of all the great accomplishments we have made thus far in our lives.
  • Sometimes we need to be more “thick-skin”. Don’t let negative feedback affect our confidence level.

 

  1. Success & likability

Observation:

  • Heidi and Howard are essentially the same person except one being female and one being male, however Howard seems to be a much more likable person than Heidi.

Reasons behind:

  • Social norm & stereotype: “Smart like daddy, pretty like mommy”.
  • On certain level stereotype of women is actually worse in the US than in China.

Behavioral change tips:

  • Don’t take comments such as “she is aggressive” as negative feedback.
  • Ask yourself: is your goal in career to be more likable or more successful. Sometimes as women we might have to sacrifice likability for success.
  • Do things because you want to, not to please others.

 

  1. It’s a jungle gym, not a ladder.

Observation:

  • Many times successful person reach their current status not by following pre-defined steps. Career progression is more like playing in a jungle gym than climbing a ladder.

Reason behind:

  • You can’t plan for everything.

Behavioral change tips:

  • Sometimes you have to take a detour to get to your final destination.
  • You might uncover hidden treasure by taking on new opportunities that are not what you have planned for yourself.
  • If someone offers you a seat on the rocket ship to the Mars, take it.

 

  1. Family & work: Don’t leave before you leave

Observation:

  • Sometimes women plan for life changing events (getting married, relocation, having a baby) way before they actually take place, and what’s worse, they mentally check out way before necessary.

Reasons behind:

  • Women tends to “worry” more and plan more.
  • Society cheers more for women to take on family care responsibilities than for men.

Behavioral change tips:

  • Don’t leave before you absolutely have to.
  • Lean in instead of lean back.
  • Don’t stop taking on challenges, risks, and new tasks because of anticipation of upcoming family responsibilities.

 

  1. Make your partner a real partner

Observation:

  • You rarely see a fifty-fifty split of household tasks between man and woman in a family. Women usually takes on more household tasks, child care and family care tasks more than men.

Reasons behind:

  • Social norm and stereotype.
  • Society cheers more for men to advance in career than for women.

Behavioral change tips:

  • Make your partner a real partner.
  • Encourage positive behaviors from your partner.
  • Educate our next generation (boy or girl) with this notion in mind. We shouldn’t contribute to or encourage social norms/stereotypes.

 

  1. The myth of doing it all

Observation:

  • Working women are struggling to be the perfect mom.
  • Working moms feel guilty for not being there all the time for their children.

Reasons behind:

  • Society believes mothers are the best caretaker of theirs of their children. Women feel their absence or not being to do all might lead to negative impact on their children’s future.

Behavioral change tips:

  • Studies have shown that “exclusive maternal care was not related to better or worse outcomes for children”. Encourage your partner to take on child care responsibilities.
  • You might not have as much influence on your children’s behavior as you might think, so it’s ok that you are not able to do it all.
  • Set boundaries on what you can and can’t do.
  • Delegate tasks.

 

  1. Sharing emotions

Observation:

  • Most women believe that it’s not a good idea to cry in work place. Sharing emotion too openly might negatively impact your career.

Reasons behind:

  • Some people perceive tears as a sign of weakness.
  • From a manager’s perspective, an angry male colleague is easier to handle than a crying female colleague.

Behavioral change tips:

  • Women are emotional in nature. We need to learn how to control our emotions better in work places.
  • As managers, show sympathy and support. Treat sharing of emotion as display of authenticity in personality.

 

  1. Looking at the bright side
  • Being a female engineer has many good sides too, such as the sense of pride and fulfillment from work.
  • There are many strengths being a female engineer that we can leverage:
    • Interpersonal skills & planning skills
    • Organizational skills
    • Good at multi-task
    • Easier to find synergy and motivate team to do a better job.
    • Might be easier to communicate the “hard-to-work-with” kind of coworkers as female.
    • High-quality technical skills as female Chinese.
  • We need to be aware of our strength and advocate ourselves more on these aspects.

 

  1. Lean in circle
  • Visit leanincircles.org
  • Join a circle yourself.