My 3 Words for 2013

January 1, 2013

For the past couple of years I’ve followed the lead of Chris Brogan by defining three words to guide my year.  Three ideas or principles to bear in mind.  This is in place of the resolution which seems a less effective way of moving the chains.

Here are my three for 2013:

Educate.    I’ll be peeking toward medical education in 2013.  How can I translate what I’m doing to empower other doctors?  I’ve spent 4 years griping about doctors and their refusal to speak up.   Perhaps the place to start is at the beginning.  While I’ve never viewed myself a professional educator, perhaps that’s just what medical education needs.

Ship.  This has been a word in years past and it’s one that will guide me again in 2013.  Shipping is the final act of execution.  Talking is good, shipping is better.  To produce consistently good ideas, content and ways of seeing medicine’s digital transition is hard work.  I’ll keep at it.  I do need to do better.

Apply.  How can I apply what I chatter about here every day.  For the past couple of years I’ve spent my time talking about what might be.  I need to think about how to make it be in my corner of the world.   I need to think more about creative application where I see real world problems.   We’re reaching a critical mass of technology adoption with physicians.  I expect to see more of this from other clinicians as well.

Here’s to a healthy, happy 2013.  I appreciate your visiting and I hope to see more you this year.

What are your 3 words?


BrianSMcGowan January 1, 2013 at 7:46 am

My 3 words for 2013: Architect. Connect. Trigger.

Architect: to ensure that my social graph has access to the critical elements we need to succeed – laying the foundation to support our vision of success.

Connect: to extend my social graph to leverage new skills and perspectives – engaging others that share and can support our vision of success.

Trigger: to ensure that we are taking the actions we need to take, when we need to take them – engaging more efficiently in the science of behavior change to achieve our vision of success.

Architect. Connect. Trigger.

Happy New Year!


Carlo January 1, 2013 at 9:07 am

Thanks for your ideas . My 3 words are
Learn: Social Media needs epistemological approach that we have to study more in depth to go on.
Literacy: We need to do worldwide media literacy on new media if we want to achieve a critical mass of users. They will ask why? I we need to teach.
Bridging.: Think globally act locally approach. Users in Latin America are growing in social networking faster than other regions.We need more bridging networking to understand all uses of SM
A Happy New year
Carlo V Caballero
Colombia South America

Mighty Casey January 2, 2013 at 7:36 am

What a GREAT idea! Mine: Teach. Learn. Report.

Teach: I have much to share with all sides of the healthcare system. Patients can learn how to more fully participate in their care (including the now-hot “shared decision making” paradigm); clinicians can learn how to speak truth to patients and to power in ways that move us all forward; payers can learn the power of price transparency

Learn: In order to teach, I have to be in continual-learning mode. ‘Nuff said, right?

Report: A long history in broadcast news made me a reporter. I want to report from the front lines of what Eric Topol tagged the creative destruction of medicine.

Thanks for a great kickoff for 2013!

Christoph January 2, 2013 at 8:57 am

Looking forward to more posts from 33 charts!

My three words for 2013:

FOCUS. Focus on the essentials at work and in life, limit distractions.
CREATE. I liked your “literacy” post so much, I am now aiming for creation after years in observation/conversation mode (observation -> conversation -> curation -> creation).
FAMILY. Without work-life balance, it becomes so difficult to do either of the above, so the third word is really a substitute for the more general “balance”…

Thanks for the regularly refreshing posts: it’s nice to see such thinking in the healthcare sector, there is still far too little of it around (especially in industry).

Alexandra Albin January 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm

This is a great simple Idea:

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