Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Collaboration and Creativity in Healthcare: Can They Coexist?

A New York Times article, “The Rise of New Groupthink,” shares intriguing insights about the conditions that foster “creativity.” Contrary to popular belief, “brainstorming” sessions do not produce innovation. Shock! Well, if you’re a creative person, you’re no so shocked.  Many of my clients who are creative and strategic thinkers know they need “alone time” […]

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Does Creativity Matter in Healthcare? 5 Rules for a Creative Culture

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An interesting article worth reading in Fast Company about the company MailChimp highlights their approach to building a culture where creativity is encouraged.  In healthcare our emphasis is on reducing variation and developing standards of practice.  Physicians in general are analytical by natural selection, but that doesn’t mean there’s no need for creativity.  The question […]

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Physician, What Hinders Your Vision? 10 Obstacles to Overcome

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We see things not as they are, but as we are. (This quote is attributed to several sources, including the Talmud). Ever wonder what factors  limit your ability to see beyond today’s possibilities? Or what keeps your organization or practice from achieving the results you see other groups can meet?  Or what keeps YOU from […]

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HBR: Turning Doctors Into Leaders

Lots of buzz about the article in the most recent issue of Harvard Business Review, “Turning Doctors Into Leaders,” by Thomas Lee, network president of Partners HealthCare System, in Boston, and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Physician leaders who read the article will resonate with the ideas — not much new there.  […]

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Attention Physician Leaders: Verizon Study Quantifies Improved Performance From Advanced Collaboration

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The topic of “collaboration” is a big one now, particularly in my work with healthcare organizations implementing advanced EMR technology and CPOE (Computerized Physician Order Entry).  Collaboration can certainly be a throw-away piece of jargon, but it is a proficiency that will be required of medical staffs and groups as they move forward into the […]

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Sharpen Yourself for Leadership: Three Resources to Consider

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Are you keeping up with the latest ideas being floated in the board room? How are you getting yourself ready for the next level of responsibility? Do you KNOW what that next level IS? I want to share some ideas for how you can “upgrade” yourself this summer with some easy reading.

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When the Going Gets Tough, Physicians Get Creative

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I have been wondering how much the economic down turn will affect healthcare and physicians. It’s hard to know, but one thing I DO know is that you can’t sit by and wring your hands.  As physicians, most of us have the luxury of knowing our medical skills will always be our back-up plan. But […]

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The Doctor is in Your Car . . . and Your iPod, and on Your TV

I was amused to read the article in today’s Wall Street Journal, The Doctor is in Your Car, highlighting the new 24-hour radio channel, Doctor Radio, on Sirius. The channel features interviews with “real” physicians (not celebrity physicians or broadcasters) and takes calls from consumers who want information or advice. Doctor Radio is a wonderful […]

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Physicians with MD, MBA in their future

Here I am with some of the physicians and clinicians enrolled in the Healthcare Executive MBA (HCEMBA) program at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. I was there last week as an invited speaker to lead a workshop, “Career Strategies for Physicians and Healthcare Leaders.” What a great group of people!— and an excellent […]

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Are You Cut Out to Be a Healthcare Consultant, Advisor or Speaker?

Dear Physician Colleague, Over 10 years ago I was a healthcare technology executive working full time for a top tier company. Even though I was successful, I was at a career crossroads. Should I stay with the company and represent their vision, or should I launch my own consulting and speaking firm and express my vision? […]

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The “4-Hour Work Week for Physicians – how about 40-hour work week?

Here is my Assistant, Kelly Johnson, who not only handles a huge number of administrative tasks for me, but is also an important “voice” of my company and brand. She is my right hand partner, even though I’m on the West Coast and Kelly is the Rocky Mountain area. There is a book that is […]

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Physician Career Change Sometimes Starts With Small Changes in Appearance

Here I am with my Platinum Program client, Dr. Krishna Satya, an ER doc by training, and now blossoming creative writer. We were enjoying the last of Seattle sunshine before his move to San Francisco in early fall. Krishna is a delight for many reasons, one of which is his creative soul. He and I […]

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