What’s Dennis Reading? – 7/30/2014

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The Hashtag Heard ’Round the World
by Theresa Walker, CURRENTS

Hashtag activism has become a newer and more effective way to engage students and promote campus advocacy and protest, occurring across colleges and universities nationwide. Though traditional boycotts and rallies may attract media attention, hashtag activism has a longer shelf-life and sustains headlines of causes longer than traditional strikes. One of the most visible and successful examples of students advocating causes and issues on social media is #BBUM (Being Black at the University of Michigan), a Twitter campaign launched by U-M’s Black Student Union in November 2013. #BBUM brought attention to race and diversity issues on a campus where African-American undergraduate enrollment has fallen to less than 5 percent of the student body. The hashtag captured national attention in less than 24 hours and inspired similar hashtag conversations and Internet-based photo campaigns at several universities.

How to Improve Your Decision-Making Skills
by Srini Pillay, HBR Blog Network

In many instances, the rational predictions we try to make are failures. This occurs because of things like bias, psychological traps, “trial and error”, and pseudo-rationalism. To remember how you can make better decisions, Pillay suggests using TRICK: Two-tiered approach, Rapport with strategic team and implementers, Involve all from management to customer, Cause and effect reversal, and use the Kahneman perspective. Using this five-step approach, you’ll be able to implement plans with a perspective that is much more aligned with how the brain really works.

Guest submission from Helen Fields Powers:

Don’t Let Impostor Syndrome Sabotage Your Career
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins, Huffington Post

Tina Fey describes impostor syndrome as, “vacillating between extreme egomania and a complete feeling of: ‘I’m a fraud! Oh God, they’re on to me! I’m a fraud!’ So you just try to ride the egomania when it comes and enjoy it, and then slide through the idea of fraud.” Other high-power women (and men) suffer from impostor syndrome because it afflicts many whose work is constantly being reviewed by a subjective audience. Higgins suggests asking yourself “what is my negative internal script saying?” and “what do I want the positive voices to say instead?” Instead of languishing in the fact that you will make mistakes as you go along, embrace the anticipation and excitement that comes with learning.

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