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1 REU in HCI Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture Toward a Plan for Embarking on a Successful Research Career Theme 2: Nurturing Professional Relationships D. Scott McCrickard Woodrow W. Winchester

2 Approaching Pausch’s Last Lecture Watch for advice on: time management –structuring your day, assigning time, delegating  nurturing professional relationships 24, 35, 38, 47, 48, others??? –making & keeping contacts, saying sorry & thank you raising the bar –inspiring others, driving yourself to new heights overcoming obstacles –showing determination & persistence, breaking rules leadership –inspiring others, dividing tasks

3 3 One Good Thief is Worth Ten Good Scholars* The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Fred Brooks, 1975/1995. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie, The One-Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard.,1982. The World is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman, The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama, *Stolen from Pausch and augmented with my own favorites

4 Today’s “Pauschisms” Establish group dynamics meet people, find things in common, try for optimal meeting conditions, let everyone talk, check egos at the door, praise each other, phrase alternatives as questions Climb walls to meet people  approach people and ask questions in a thoughtful, prepared way Don’t be a jerk…but don’t obsess over what people think be straight with people but don’t be rude about it Apologize well what I did was wrong, I feel badly I hurt you, how do I make it better Tell the truth  find others who’ll tell you the truth (e.g., “it’s a shame others perceive you as so arrogant”); the truth can set you free!

5 5 Climb walls to meet people Find the “right” way to approach people –in a public place, through a mutual friend Prepare! –who is this person –what can this person do for you –what can you do for this person Stay connected –remember who you know, keep upon channels to contact them again Who have you contacted at VT? Who have you Facebooked?

6 6 Tell the truth (and surround yourself with truthful people) Embrace your “Dutch Uncle” –who’s your biggest critic? –don’t be afraid to seek them out! The UVA honor code –generally viewed as one of the most rigorous –can greatly simplify interactions with others The Lincoln cabinet –Lincoln assigned rivals to top cabinet positions –“keep your friends close but your enemies closer” – Sun Tsu –who will Obama surround himself with? and you?

7 Personal “Pauschisms” 24, 35, 38, 47, 48 Establish group dynamics meet people, find things in common, try for optimal meeting conditions, let everyone talk, check egos at the door, praise each other, phrase alternatives as questions Climb walls to meet people approach people and ask questions in a thoughtful, prepared way Don’t be a jerk…but don’t obsess over what people think ch 24…34 be straight with people but don’t be rude about it Apologize well what I did was wrong, I feel badly I hurt you, how do I make it better Tell the truth find others who’ll tell you the truth (e.g., “it’s a shame others perceive you as so arrogant”); the truth can set you free! Which work for you? How and why?

8 The Last Lecture: A Recap and Kickoff What did you learn? What will you read for? time management nurturing professional relationships leadership overcoming obstacles raising the bar Next up: leadership (June 9:30am) –re-read ch. 9, 12, 42, 51, others??? –make your appointment with Marilyn Kershaw!


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