Is Don Berwick the Secretary of Innovation

Thomas Kuczmarski (perhaps tongue in cheek) suggests that President Obama create a new cabinet-level position to introduce clearer thinking and creative solutions to heal the stagnant economy. In his February 11, 2018, Business Week article Obama Needs a Secretary of Innovation, Kuczmarski makes the case that expecting innovation to emerge locally at a time when … Read moreIs Don Berwick the Secretary of Innovation

Hairstylist To The Stars Robert Ramos On Summer Hair Care Tips

The Hair And Makeup Blog had the pleasure to sit down with Hairstylist to the Stars: Robert Ramos at the salon to discuss some of our favorite topics hair and hair care products.  Robert is very warm, personable and knowledgeable about hair. This is why so many women trust him with styling, coloring and cutting … Read moreHairstylist To The Stars Robert Ramos On Summer Hair Care Tips

The Limits of Clinical Executive Leadership

There is little-published data documenting how many senior hospital executive leaders (COO, CEO, CFO) are clinicians while also holding significant clinical leadership portfolios (CMO, CNO, Department Chair, etc) in large healthcare organizations. My sense is, not many as a percent of all organizations. And I suspect that fewer yet hold those senior executive positions and … Read moreThe Limits of Clinical Executive Leadership

Hair Care Products – Extensions

So You’re New to Hair Extensions Last week was the premiere of this season’s America’s Next Top Model. This year, like 425.ANTM.cycle13.cast.lc.081809nearly all the rest, Tyra and show’s producers made changes to each model’s look based on what could take her modeling to the next level. For some that involved coloring or cutting their natural … Read moreHair Care Products – Extensions

Humanity: A Free Tool For Improving Care and Reducing Costs

Don’t Wait to Innovate by Dev Patnaik and Peter Mortensen of Jump Associates is a short column about increasing profitability at a disability claims processor that appeared in the online edition of Business Week on April 27. It was touted as an example of the potential power of innovation for enhancing performance in an already … Read moreHumanity: A Free Tool For Improving Care and Reducing Costs

Satisficing – A Decision Making Strategy for Health Care Leaders

On March 20 The Economist (web edition only) published a short bio of the late Herbert Simon, 1978 Nobel Laureate in economics, who is considered to be one of the leading management thinkers of his time. The piece is a synopsis of a longer chapter in “The Economist Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus”, by … Read moreSatisficing – A Decision Making Strategy for Health Care Leaders

Two Studies Suggest Loneliness Can Shorten Your Life

Social support. What does it mean to you? It is an important question because there is a clear and consistent association between social support and improved health. In this week’s Archives of Internal Medicine, is a study looking at lonely people? They found that lonely participants have a higher risk of death. They are also … Read moreTwo Studies Suggest Loneliness Can Shorten Your Life

Could Outsiders Represent an Inside Track for Health Care Leaders

The March 16 issue of Business Week features a profile of Ford’s CEO. Alan Mulally: The Outsider at Ford, At a time when there is plenty to say about the auto industry and its executives, the author, David Kiley, instead focuses this piece on the risks and benefits of bringing an outsider into a position … Read moreCould Outsiders Represent an Inside Track for Health Care Leaders

What About Talking to Patients

It struck me that in hospitals, physician offices, and medical claims adjudication we face a similar dilemma. Which presents a problem for healthcare leaders. Health care is, of necessity, becoming a more operationally efficient service. More forms, more automation, more decision matrices, shorter visits, more intermediaries using precisely defined scripts, and less time in human-human … Read moreWhat About Talking to Patients

The 7 Step Program: A Health Care Leader’s Little Guide to Recruiting

In addition to my day job advising healthcare leaders, I have a shadow life recruiting senior physician leaders (in addition to blogging here). So you can imagine the delight when my favorite source of blog content (the Harvard Business Review) published The Definitive Guide to Recruiting in Good Times and Bad with tips and principles … Read moreThe 7 Step Program: A Health Care Leader’s Little Guide to Recruiting