News, blogs, articles, resources, and links about creating value, continuous improvement, innovation, and leadership in healthcare and industry — compiled and shared by Ryan McCormack
Healthcare – Creating Value for Patient
CMAJ summarizes how to improve the quality of healthcare in Canada. Nothing new here, which begs the question – what are we waiting for?
Intermountain Health in Utah has a reputation for creating value for patients, even if it sometimes results in short-term revenue loss, according to inspirational CEO Dr. Marc Harrison. Intermountain continues to solidy its reputation by investing in a state of the art innovation centre.
“Most health care organizations are still managed in a traditional autocratic style that does not allow for much worker input. The manager or leader makes most decisions and tells everyone what to do. Problems that arise are not managed expeditiously at the front line by people who understand the work. Instead, the problems pile up on the manager's desk — and most aren't solved. ”John Toussaint, MD
Engaging individual patients as a source of critical healthcare data can help “activate” patients and improve their care. “Health care leaders must transform the traditional paternalistic approaches to embrace data from more dialogic or collaborative relationships with patients, where even lay people in need of medical care are recognized as resourceful and capable”.
Diagnostic AI is making inroads. Some AI technologies can now perform unaided diagnosis with high levels of accuracy.
Innovation is such a buzzword it's becoming religion. Innovation is not the holy grail. It is time to move from innovation as ideology to innovation as process.
When you're starting a lean transformation do you start with tools or culture? The answer is “yes“.
The unenlightened continue to focus on speed and quantity to improve performance. Seth Godin reminds us that you are more productive looking at “loading and unloading”
We're lousy at multi-tasking and we're in a world with endless distractions.. Getting into a “flow” state requires time, focus, and isolation from distractions – Innovative teams or individuals need to isolate themselves to achieve best results, according to Steven Kotler.
Tom Peters condenses 52 years of his #1's into one list of 18.
Leading & Enabling Excellence
Dr. Julian Birkinshaw, a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the London Business School, discusses how to delegate without micromanaging.
Many leaders demand loyalty and a “with me or against me” mentality. The best leaders encourage dissent.
Sheryl Sandberg believes ruthless prioritization is key to running a successful business.
Are you providing enough clarity on purpose to your staff?
Coaching – Developing Self & Others
Could you get as much done in a 6 hour day as an 8 hour day? Research suggests you would be just as productive by shortening the work day.
Books, Videos, Podcasts
There are different kinds of problems, so it follows that there should be different methods to solve them. Art Smalley's new book Four Types of Problems explores the strengths and limitations of the different methods.