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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Why are there so many social ER doctors?

May 31, 2014

After a recent presentation on social physicians, someone asked why there were so many emergency medicine physicians on blogs and social media?  Good question.  From content to conversation, ER docs are heavily represented in public spaces.  And it’s as much about passion and participation as raw numbers on any given platform. What is it about […]

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Do You Have an Audience?

May 23, 2014

I came across this tweet this morning from digital health mogul Chris Boyer.  He got me thinking. It’s interesting how we all see the terms of public dialog.  Of course, when I hear follower, I think Jim Jones and Kool-Aid. I get the audience concern.  We once lived in a world of audience and broadcaster. […]

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