Wall Street Journal: Susannah Fox on the need to create a culture of innovation

Susannah Fox, who recently stepped down from her position as Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, was profiled by the WSJ last fall.

As the chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Susannah Fox is carrying on a mission that has long been a passion: helping people navigate health care and related technology. Before being tapped for the federal post last year, she briefly served as entrepreneur in residence at the health-care-focused Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, but had her longest tenure at the Pew Research Center as associate director of the Internet Project from 2000-2014. There, Ms. Fox, who has a degree in anthropology, pioneered research methods to explore how information technology and social media affect the health-care industry and the consumer health-care experience, with a special focus on finding innovative ways to deliver care to people living with chronic illness. [WSJ.com]

Sam Weinman interviewed at the Washington Post

Sam Weinman talked about his book and explained “how to teach your kids to lose (and why that’s okay).”

Washington Post: What made you want to focus on how to handle losing? Sam Weinman: I originally envisioned it as a small challenge I faced with my boys, but I realized this theme permeates throughout everything — how we deal with our careers, our relationships, looking at the world around us. This was an opportunity to explore the topic and talk to people who had experienced it firsthand. [WashingtonPost.com]

Scott Belsky set to deliver featured keynote at PCMA

cl17-live-dec_300x250Scott Belsky will be in Austin on Wednesday, January 11th for PCMA’s Convening Leaders 2017 Conference. The event will be live-streamed for free; sign up here to watch.

“I hope to leave people with the belief that they need to invest in the optimization of how they work. Oftentimes we’re just so focused on our work that we don’t really take time to improve the way we work.” –Scott Belsky [PCMAConvene.org]

Gretchen Rubin is the curator of a new podcast network


Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of The Happiness Project and host of her own Happier podcast, is pleased to announce The Onward Project.

Curated by Gretchen Rubin, the bestselling author and award-winning podcast host, The Onward Project is a collection of podcasts full of concrete, actionable ideas for how you can make your life happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. [TheOnwardProject.com]

Attorney General nominee given Carol Anderson’s book ‘White Rage’ among alleged racial insensitivities claim

In widely reported news, Sen. Dick Durbin, acknowledged that he gave Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-Elect Donald Trump’s AG nominee, a copy of Carol Anderson’s White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, which chronicles the issue of race in America since the Civil War.

“… Durbin signaled that his concerns extend beyond Sessions’ decades-old remarks to the conservative Alabama senator’s views on voter identification laws and the 2013 Supreme Court decision that invalidated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Durbin even said he gave Sessions a book: “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide” by Carol Anderson …” [Politico.com]

This story was also covered by The Washington Times, The Guardian, and elsewhere.

Bob Sutton provides a tip for “Managing Millennials”

In an article at INC., Bob Sutton provides one of “6 Tips for Managing Millennials.”

Performance appraisals are old school and impersonal. They tend to draw comparisons to other employees, and Millennials don’t want to be graded on a curve. They want direct, personal feedback on their projects in real time, not just blanket feedback every six months based on the team’s performance. “Doing performance evaluations well is like doing bloodletting well,” says Bob Sutton, professor at Stanford University. “It is a bad practice that does more harm than good in all or nearly all cases.”[INC.com]

Download Patricia Martin’s annual trends report for 2017 for free

Patricia Martin has just released her trend report for the coming year.

To our endless delight, this marks the 7th issue of the annual Trend Report. This year’s report doubles down on the digital culture. Driverless cars are running stoplights. Amazon delivers packages via autonomous drones. Skype uses real-time translation powered by AI for its video chats. The rise of machine thinking raises the question: Where does human talent fit into the picture? In search of answers, this report looked at the topic of talent across boundaries—art, culture, travel, entertainment, technology, and social enterprise. Next, we looked upward, to people’s aspirations. There we found the emotional depth and exuberance that give this report its heartbeat. You’ll want to know some of what we learned about the aspirations that are motivating people and unlocking opportunity. As technology advances, who will prosper? [Patricia-Martin.com]

Read Brigid Schulte at Quartz

Brigid Schulte has just begun work on a new series on the behavioral science behind why we work so much, and systems we can design that may be able to help us work better and have time for life.

The problem isn’t policies—it’s culture. Some companies have sought better work-life balance through experiments with flexible work, results only work environments, rotating on-call nights so everyone has predictable time off, or family supportive training for managers.[QZ.com]