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Stay Home When You Are Sick

As I sat at home this week itching and scratching from poison something...ivy, oak, sumac, I asked myself this question. If I worked in an office, would I go to work today? The first day or so I decided that I wouldn't. Even though poison ivy isn't contagious, I definitely would not be productive as I itched and scratched and made odd faces as I tried not to itch and scratch. Moreover, I felt groggy from the Benadryl. As a work-from-home-r, I also decided to give myself the day off. Sometimes, you just need to give your body a chance to rest and heal. Staying home from work, no matter what level you are in the organization, is always a good idea. I wish I could say I have always been a good steward in this area, but I really haven't. In the past, I used to "power through" work days and convince myself that I wasn't that sick or tired. Countless coworkers would come in complaining of the latest viral illness, stomach upset or just feeling "icky" tha

Cases for Developing Healthcare Leaders

When I was an adjunct faculty member, I taught several different courses in healthcare administration. Many of the courses included textbooks that contained cases for students to evaluate. However, the cases were more at an executive level and many of my undergraduate students were in font line entry level positions, early careerist positions, or entry level management positions. As a result, the students often had a difficult time wrapping their minds around the cases and the scenarios presented in the textbooks. In order to facilitate learning, I decided to draw upon my prior training in secondary education. Although the students were considerably more advanced, I could still use many of the tools I learned to use in the secondary education classroom in the college classroom. Two such tools that we were encouraged to use were simulations and case studies. Although similar, case studies and simulations are not the same. A simulation puts the student in the place to make the decis

The Controlling Manager

A few years ago, leadership at the health system where I worked was tasked with reading, The One Minute Manager  by Kenneth H. Blanchard. As part of "leadership," I also read the book. The basic premise behind The One Minute Manager  is that effective managers give their employees instruction, and then they leave employees to their own devices to do  their jobs. That is, effective managers, go in, get out, and get out of the way. I recall in discussions, how this was a nice idea.  I recall further making the comment how it was a refreshing take to some other philosophies of management, which I called, "Managing Every Minute." There are some managers who think that having control over what their employees are doing every minute of every day is important. Now, I have served as a project manager in the past, and there are times when as a leader, and manager (note they are not necessarily the same thing), that you do have to manage tasks, time spent, and activiti

Retell Your Story

Let's face it. Life happens, and it doesn't always go the way we want things to. There is always that situation that we thought we had under control...or maybe someone else thought they had it under control, and it fell apart. Maybe we planned for it to fall apart, so we could see it for all of the nasty bits and pieces that it contained. When things fall apart or get messy or don't go our way, we have two options to communicate what happened. We can tell what actually happened, or we can retell the story. Now, I am in the "Tell it like it is" camp.  Tell the dirty details, send the long email, several text messages, whatever it takes to arrive at the truth. Get the real story out there or find out what the real story is. It's about being real and transparent. Everyone knows where everyone else stands, and there are no questions of loyalty or what happened, it's just raw and exposed and true. At least someone's version of the truth. Photo cour

Rape: It Happens

Back to college means back to class, back to friends, back to fun, back to parties. It is an exciting and anxious time for many college students. There are so many different things for them to do and explore, and many different friends to make and old friends to meet back up with again. However, back to college isn't fun for everyone. During the first few months of school, college women experience the highest rate of rape than in any months. In fact, most rapes on college campuses occur in August, September, October or November. The statistics regarding rapes on college campuses are daunting. One in four women on college campuses has experienced some form of sexual assault or rape. The number of women who experience sexual assault in the 18-24 age range is actually at least three times that of the national average, especially for college women. In eight out of ten cases, the perpetrator knew the victim. The victim was not attacked by a random stranger under a blue light, but