In April, the GIN group discussed Prof. Grunfeld’s video on ‘Power and Influence’. In our discussion, we considered the wisdom and challenge of acting to maximize authority or approachability and the dangers of feeling or being fake. Last week, Sonoo Thadaney led us in an exercise to illustrate how to work in concert with our values and authentic selves. It was a positive, uplifting experience.
I think this profile illustrates some of the principles. In particular, Dr. Anjelica Gonzales describes how her values inform her approach to being a professor and researcher in tissue engineering. One quote sticks out for me:
“Even though I love my work, there are days when I want to run out of the lab or classroom, too. While not every day at work is the best, I stay for the ‘we,’ just like my mom.” This illustrates persistence and states clearly that for Gonzales, the rationale for persistence is for the ‘we’–her students, collaborators, colleagues. Go read!