Liquid Metal Power

Dec 04, 2021
 

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Can we change the way we power our devices by rethinking rechargeable batteries with molten salt and novice students? Dr. Sadoway thinks so!


Lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) revolutionized power storage for everything from wrist watches to electric vehicles and they are packed with critical metals: lithium, cobalt, nickel, and graphite. These metals are concentrated in various locations around the globe and must be mined refined, and combined, spurring concern of...

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Learning the Easy Way

Nov 26, 2021
 

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Successful mentorships require respect, transparency, celebration, and responsiveness. Discover how mentorships can benefit both parties.


Many organizations have a formal mentorship program. It’s considered a perk! …And quite frankly, ingenious! Without spending extra capital on formal training and costly mistakes, a protégé is likely to be apprised of spoken values and best practices along with unspoken norms and expectations. Heidi Mausbach,...

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Anchors Aweigh

Nov 13, 2021
 

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The problem with being anchored in unforgiveness is our true productivity, mental wellbeing, and physical health suffer. Set yourself free!


Yes, even at work, people say and do regrettable things. Others are wounded and embittered, but ultimately, all is forgiven and completely forgotten, right? Well, we can usually count on wounded and embittered! When unforgiveness festers in the workplace, colleagues struggle to collaborate, fail to help one another, and make poor...

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Failed Emissions Test

Nov 05, 2021
 

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How many emissions tests would it take to get my license plate stickers renewed? I took a number of tests that day-- would you have passed?


In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency is at the “forefront of developing clean automotive technology and designing programs to reduce and prevent air pollution.”1 Since I drive a car that is not at the forefront of preventing air pollution, I submit my vehicle to an emissions test every two years. Which is...

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That’s NOT in the Brochure

Oct 29, 2021
 

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A dead battery, going in reverse on busy street, and failing breaks weren’t in the brochure. Let’s address the twist and turns of our work.


When I picked out a few activities for our vacation this summer, I fell in love with the San Francisco VW Bus Tour. The brochure featured a tie-dye van from the 1970’s traveling down Lombard Street-- the road with 8 hairpin curves and a 16% grade.1 “This is perfect!” Yet, when we arrived, the van...

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Catching Your Breath

Oct 22, 2021
 

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Why is slowing down so counter-intuitive, especially when we are trying to hurry up? Here’s what I discovered during my windsurfing lessons.


“Ok, bring it in!” I could barely hear Luis’s voice over the wind and crashing surf in my ears, but I saw his unmistakable hand motions (and now, exaggerated arm motions) beckoning me back to shore! I thought for sure Luis was going to ask me to hang up my life vest and hit the hammocks! No, quite the...

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Road Trip!

Oct 15, 2021
 

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What’s a road show and why is a polished leadership team, clear value proposition, and profitable growth potential critical to going public?


It’s been a while since I’ve taken a proper road trip. These days it’s so easy to hop a plane to your destination, board an overly air conditioned shuttle and tip the driver as the porter rolls your luggage into an all-inclusive resort. When I think of my childhood road trips, I think about how fun it was to...

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Out of the Cave

Oct 08, 2021
 

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Can you relate to being exhausted, discouraged, or alone in your work? Find out how these reasons for being off-mission can be addressed.


I remember hiking to the summit of Longs Peak in Colorado. The hike is characterized by the U.S. National Park Service as a 15-mile round trip climb that “crosses enormous sheer vertical rock faces, often with falling rocks, requiring scrambling [and] has narrow ledges, loose rock, and steep cliffs.”1 My backpack felt...

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Slaying Dragons

Oct 01, 2021
 

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When you hear the flapping of leather wings getting louder, it’s time to learn new skills, build more trust, and exert self-leadership.


I have been WAAAYYY out of my comfort zone of late. So far out, that when I turn around to find it, or even tell you what it was like-- I can’t see it or describe it. Ok, maybe that is a bit melodramatic, but I’m sure you can relate to a full schedule, new challenges, and the tug of tasks you have not yet mastered. My...

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Technology Trauma

Sep 26, 2021
 

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Find out what new technology, a shoulder sling, and a hole in the roof can teach us about colleague responses and compassionate leadership.


I love being on the cutting edge of technology, but it was truly an accident that I was in the store buying a new phone the day after the latest model hit the market! It had already been a rough week… Through a combination of being on a beta software and the newest iOS version (which I, of course, forced ahead of the automated...

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