Must Reads

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Winter 2018

The Problem with American Health Care is the Care by Shreya Kangovi for STAT. Published November 7, 2017.
“Although it is important to have stable insurance markets, changes to coverage or benefit design will ultimately do little to reduce costs or make Americans healthier” because the main problems with American health care are the cost of care and an inability to address the root causes of costly illness, said an opinion piece in STAT from Shreya Kangovi, MD. Dr. Kangovi is assistant professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and the founding executive director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers.

Sickle Cell Patients Suffer Discrimination, Poor Care — And Shorter Lives by Jenny Gold for Kaiser Health News. Published November 6, 2017.
In a glaring example of the broader discrimination experienced by African Americans in the health care system, patients with sickle cell disease can expect to die younger than they did 20 years ago, even though life expectancy for almost every major illness is improving, reported Kaiser Health News. Sickle cell disease is “a microcosm of how issues of race, ethnicity and identity come into conflict with issues of health care,” said Keith Wailoo, PhD, a professor at Princeton University who writes about the history of the disease.

To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well by Jesse Sostrin for Harvard Business Review. Published October 10, 2017.
One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from doing to leading. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your willingness to keep "rolling up your sleeves" to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities become more complex, the difference between an effective leader and a super-sized individual contributor with a leader's title is painfully evident.

Lifting up women physicians makes us all better by Jim Eubanks for Published November 13, 2017.
As a male medical student, I have developed a growing interest in and enthusiasm for recent efforts to raise awareness about workforce gender disparities in medicine. Though women comprise over 45 percent of resident physicians and 50 percent of medical students in the United States, research reveals deficits in key surrogate measures of successful integration.

Meetings Would Go Faster If People Took the Time to Listen by Sabina Nawaz for Harvard Business Review. Published December 12, 2017.
Several months ago, a CEO I'll call Elana, who is deaf, approached me for coaching. As we talked through her leadership skills and organizational political landscape, I quickly realized she was a fantastic listener. As a deaf person, Elana is more intentional about how she listens. In our meetings, Elana and I talk at a slower pace. Elana doesn't interrupt, and I pause whenever I notice Elana taking notes so that she has the chance to read my lips. We tend to have less confusion because Elana is quick to ask for a clarification if she doesn't understand a word.

But Will Her Husband Move? by Scott Jaschik for Inside Higher Ed. Published October 27, 2017.
Study suggests women with male partners face bias in searches for junior faculty members.

How to Evaluate, Accept, Reject, or Negotiate a Job Offer by Rebecca Knight for Harvard Business Review. Published April 10, 2017.
Congratulations! You got the job. Now for the hard part: deciding whether to accept it or not. How should you assess the salary as well as the other perks? Which publicly available information should you rely on? How should you try to get a better deal? And what's the best way to decline an offer if it's not the right job for you?

How Diversity Powers Team Performance for Knowledge@Wharton. Published January 4, 2018.
The topic of workplace diversity has vexed businesses and employees for decades. Increasing diversity has long been promoted as the right thing to do, but that notion could be viewed as simplistic and ignoring the deep benefits that inclusion can bring to an organization. Scott Page, a professor of complex systems at the University of Michigan, tackles the issue in his new book, The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off In The Knowledge Economy.

Getting Into the Room Where It Happens by Craig Weidemann and Marie A. Cini for Inside Higher Ed. Published on October 15, 2016.
The authors provide strategies and tactics for gaining a seat at the decision-making table.


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