Lockstep Medicine

July 10, 2014

Auburn_lockstepIn medicine it seems ..

We idolize leadership but promote management.

We marginalize vision while rewarding process.

We worship list makers.

We’re trained as responders not initiators.

We propagate a culture of permission and seek to breed a generation precisely like the last.

We believe that thought leadership and the transmission of ideas happens on an 17th century communication platform.

Wes Fisher has it right this week on Kevin MD when he asks, ‘What kind of doctor are we breeding?

And what kind of leaders are we creating?

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Dr. Google, the Quack

July 7, 2014

imgresFor years we believed that Google would bring us the information we need.  Tom Krazit at Gigom suggests that the party may be over.  Search has become so algorithmically corrupt that its hard to understand or believe what we’re getting.

The thing that gets me is that we’ve become such informed consumers in so many other areas of our lives. We buy organic vegetables, we obsess over miles-per-gallon in our prospective cars, and we demand that our artificially valuable gems weren’t touched by desperate violent gangs before they reach our fingers. Yet we assume that the information being presented to us by the content aggregators of our day is the information we really need to see.

Eli Pariser had it right in The Filter Bubble: “Personalization filters serve up a kind of invisible autopropaganda, indoctrinating us with our own ideas, amplifying our desire for things that are familiar and leaving us oblivious to the dangers lurking in the dark territory of the unknown.”

Funny that in the early days we blindly told patients that the search engines were full of nonsense.  Maybe we were right.


Creative Confidence

July 3, 2014

I just finished Creative Confidence - Unleashing the Creative Potential Within All of Us.  Written by Dave and Tom Kelley, founders of IDEO, it represents a critical bit of thinking on creativity. Here’s what you get:  The authors demystify the creative process, represent it as a critical skill for working professionals, and then offer granular steps […]

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Build It and They Won’t Necessarily Come

July 1, 2014

Just because you create something doesn’t mean that anyone will look at it. I taught at in an educator certificate program at Baylor College of Medicine recently.  We were doing a hands-on drill on digital footprint and reputation management.  When discussing our findings, one of the attendees concluded that just because you post something doesn’t […]

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Medicine and The Access Effect

June 18, 2014

I overheard on Twitter last week that there are institutions that don’t allow the use of smart phones by physicians.  It seemed hard to believe. Then it made sense.  Because we’re in transition between siloed and networked worlds. Our siloed world supports encounters with the health system that are isolated, episodic and dependent upon the […]

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Yes, Doctor

June 12, 2014

Not long ago I cared for the child of a family from a distant country.  When I walked in, they stood up.  When I walked out, they stood up.  It was like The People’s Court. They agreed with whatever I said.  Their obsequious nodding whenever I spoke made me feel brilliant.  They treated me as […]

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When Machines Generate Embarrassing Tweets

June 10, 2014

This is why the auto-generation of social messages is a problem.  The machine that ‘pushed’ out the tweet didn’t see any problem with Governor Haley’s message. If you don’t have the time to tweak your messages to your channels, either you need more time or fewer channels.  And I know.  I’ve been there. Subtle standards […]

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Tweet Others as You Would Like to be Tweeted

June 7, 2014

On Twitter I learn so much about how to treat others by the way others treat me.  And I’m always learning. As an example, I love to follow authors.  Occasionally I’ll reply to one of their tweets or make a remark about their book.  Sometimes I’ll get a response, other times not.  When I’m feeling […]

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Online Reputation – No Cure for Bad Medicine

June 4, 2014

I know a doctor of ill-repute.  He spends his days worrying about his online reputation.  In the doctor’s lounge between bites he pimps me on the latest service for righting the wrongs of an increasingly public world. “So V, (om nom nom) tell me what you (om nom nom) think of reputation.com  (om nom nom)? […]

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Omnifocus 2 for Mac | Organization Redefined

June 2, 2014

The biggest professional challenge I face is time management.  I cringe at process and all things operational.  Anyone who knows me understands that I struggle even with email.  I’d rather occupy my time with bigger, broader things. But reality dictates that in order to create the time to do the things I love, I have […]

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