Only when you change the Game!

Only when you change the Game!

Einstein… one of the wisest man of our ages… once said “Definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting at different outcome”

How often do you see this around you?…. needless to say, you have never participated in or led such activity right? It’s like a gambler who goes back to casino night after night and only wins; at least that’s what he says but we all know better.

Real question is… Why do we participate in such insane activities knowing that the outcome is going to a variable of the same? It’s our behavior or unwillingness to be different or take a risk that prevents us from changing our approaches.

If you are not convinced, read first 30 pages of “Change the Culture, Change the Game” to see the results once a brave leader takes charge and breaks the perpetual cycle of insaneness.

Results are not guaranteed….sounds like an infomercial…lol

Failure to change the game will lead to eventual disaster therefor the alternative holds true that you might as well change up the game and go down in flames if it fails to make the difference…. I’m not recommending this however it does sound interesting.

What I do recommend is for you to ensemble your team and clearly spell out the current state of affairs and gain understanding. What has gone wrong that has landed you in this current state. Next, as a leader, identify go-to leaders within your department and start by challenging them to think differently and out of the box to come up with new strategy of performance.

Encourage creativity and empower them to find sustainable solutions. It is amazing to see what has been harboring within your talented staff but went untapped until now.

“Change the Culture, Change the Game”

-W

Happy Father’s Day in Heaven

Happy Father’s Day in Heaven

Happy Father’s Day in Heaven

You are gone but not forgotten
Once Big and Strong
Now just a memory

However not just a memory

You literally appear when least expected
Albeit in spirit
Powerful nonetheless

Sometimes I wish I could have you back
Just a few more minutes

Although all grown up myself
Now fending for family
Striving to an awesome Father
It would be nice
To have a bit more time

Sharing some thoughts
Receiving some wisdom
Or just a lending hand

I’m thankful that you were my father, as we only have one of those
I know you will be there when I need you most

Happy Father’s Day in Heaven

May God Bless your Soul!

-W

Encourage Creativity over Capital!

Encourage Creativity over Capital!

Most of us in Healthcare have many more needs than our budgets can support. That leaves you with two choices, either you get frustrated or become creative.

A positude leader will always chose the later and opt for empowered creativity.

Do we still possesses the power of CREATIVITY? Do we still think with both sides of the BRAIN? Or are we just stuck in the habit of acquiring rather than creating?

Actually, I’m a strong believer that those who have little are most resourceful and learn to manage with little or nothing at all. They also tend to be more satisfied with the little things in life both at home and at work.
As a positude leader, you need to encourage CREATIVITY and EMPOWER staff to think outside of the box. This does not come natural for most staffers, not that they don’t want to, but because they have not been allowed too. Some of this is perception versus actual however perception needs to be countered through empowerment.
You will be AMAZED how creative staff can be when allowed and what CAN be done with very limited resources. All you need to do is set the stage!
Creativity allows you to stretch a dollar in many ways just don’t forget to be creative in your own way to acknowledge staff for their creative ways of getting the job done!
Encourage your staff to be the change they want to see!

Why a Soldier makes his Bed!

Why a Soldier makes his Bed!

Over the past week, I asked many of my co-workers this question; “Why does a soldier make his bed first thing in the morning?”. Many gave me a blank stare, some attempted to come up with a creative answer but none got it right. I too, learned about this myself recently and once told it made perfect sense.

Do you know the answer?

OK, let’s reveal the answer; “A soldier makes his bed each morning to perfection to set his day up for success”. That makes perfect sense doesn’t it. Now, do you make your bed each morning?

Military leaders believe that by making your bed with crisp corners and holding oneself to strict standard work will lead to better work the remainder of the day. A soldier is less likely to cut corners on projects that need to be executed due to the fact that his behavioral capacity is on high alert for perfection.

You can adopt this philosophy with your children or even at work minus the inspection of the bedroom at your staff members homes of course. However, bringing this example back to your leadership huddle  and challenge them to take a different approach to their morning routine could lead to improved performance.

Especially in Healthcare, we live and work in a dynamic ever-changing environment whereby we need to remain nimble and often have to be very creative in our approaches to satisfy our patients and deliver excellence in care.

If your mindset is on crisp corners and following standard work, you are more likely to deliver a patient to his/her final destination when asked for directions rather than merely pointing them into the right direction. Same goes for sterilizing/sanitizing skin for an IV insertion or cleaning a bed after discharging a patient.

Start your morning off right by doing the right things right!

-W

 

Are you Pithy enough?

Are you Pithy enough?

Are you prepared to tell your story? You never know when that moment arrives, often with little notice if any at all. Right now, right here is your opportunity to address an individual or a room full of people. Are you ready to be Pithy?

When that moment arrives, you want to be ready. Ready to tell your story, define that problem or present that elusive solution.

Let’s see if you are ready for that moment. Go to the nearest mirror and tell yourself in 30-seconds or less what someone should know about you. Sell yourself with passion and precision.

How did you fare? Likely not as well as you had hoped for. Don’t panic, most are in the same boat. Its not a failure but an opportunity to work a bit harder on developing your message.

Like all great messages, it should have a start, middle and a strong finish. More importantly it should be delivered with confidence, passion and the right amount of Pithy!

Crisp , to the point, memorable, impact-full, consequential and  precise are attributes of an awesome 30-second elevator speech. Practice makes perfect.

Being told that you were Pithy during a presentation is actually a compliment….who knew!

-W

The Power of Anticipation!

The Power of Anticipation!

Sitting in anticipation is like sitting on needles… you can’t sit still, you are nervous and full of anxiety. Strangely enough, it is the same feeling for both an anticipated positive or negative experience. It plays with the fringes of your nerve endings that either end up with a dopamine rush (happy receptor sites in the brain) or shear disappointment and sadness.

Since my cup is always half full, let’s explore the positives of anticipation!

If you know there’s a reward at the end of the rainbow which you hold dear to your heart, one will work twice as hard to get that win. Willing to go the extra mile and leave no stone upturned to get to that finish line.

A reward can only be valued by the receiver to have its fullest effect. Therefor, it is of utmost important in your work group to identify individual intrinsic drivers to select the right reward or winning feeling for each individual. Failure to select what they find most valuable is a failure in leadership on your part. This is not the time to assume if you desire the full benefit.

Once you have selected the right reward and define a crystal clear expectation using your SMART goals, now it’s time to sit back to watch the magic of anticipation. Your staffers will work with nervous anticipation with a belly full of fire knowing that at the end the process there will be something of value albeit additional responsibility, a promotion, a monetary bonus or time with a loved one.

If you play this right, you can take full advantage of the adrenaline surge that comes along with anticipation.

-W

Life is better with Purpose!

Life is better with Purpose!

Aimlessly working without purpose just to make ends meat is not the preferred way of life. Sadly it is for many in our society. Life is too short to live or work without purpose.

Question remains, how can you find purpose in your daily activities without knowing and understanding oneself first?

Your kids, spouse, family or even friends can give you great purpose and satisfaction in life however most of your time will be spent at work. Working without passion or understanding of purpose could severely limit your happiness and quality of life.

Its time to complete a self-inventory and do some deep soul-searching to get to know oneself first. What makes you tick, what gives you energy, what gives me pleasure and happiness in life. Leave no stone upturned, go beyond what you have already experienced and you are likely to uncover things you didn’t know about yourself.

To get you started with sorting out your sense of purpose and how it could apply to your life, let me share a few of mine;

  • Being an example to my children Abigail, Kimberlie, Erik, Maia and Max
  • Working in a mission driven environment
  • The privilege of coaching and mentoring
  • Having a sense that I make a difference in someone’s life each day

These are just four examples that will get me up each day with a sense of purpose. It gives me focus, energy and passion which are essential elements of happiness.

Therefor no matter the circumstance, if you really understand your sense of purpose, you can link it to daily activities in your workplace. If you can’t, its time to start your search for purpose.

-W