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Michael Lewis: Boomerang: Travels in the New Third WorldMichael Lewis: Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World Next up on my reading list. Lewis, author of Liar's Poker, The Big Short and Money B

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Forget Your Dislike of Ambiguity

6 May, 2015 Posted by John G. Self
It is always amazing to me how many well educated executives struggle with their performance because of their dislike of ambiguity — the state of uncertainty or lack of clarity. The afflicted always deny it but when but you strip away their protestations to the contrary, you find an executive in desperate pursuit of certainty, […] Read more»

Empowering, Not Controlling Your Managers

1 May, 2015 Posted by John G. Self
In the early 1980s, a Houston hospital CEO was frustrated by his hospital’s anemic financial performance despite the tightening of financial controls, as well as noisy department manager meetings replete with leadership huffing and puffing about dire consequences if things didn’t change. But not much did…change that is. So this medical center CEO came to […] Read more»

Why Hospitals Should NOT Fly

22 April, 2015 Posted by John G. Self
In Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care published in 2008, author John Nance makes a case that hospitals would do well to incorporate aviation’s best practices into their daily operations. Clearly he was talking about safety, not customer service. Today, airlines continue to offer travelers a safe […] Read more»