Over my career, I’ve been part of several great teams filled with amazing, bright people who helped hone my perspective while challenging me. The foundation for our success was always trust. I realize that this is so apparent that it almost needn’t be said. But it does. And that’s because the concept of trust in […]
Success: Does Trust and Faith in People Drive It?
In a New York Times op-ed this month, columnist Nicholas Kristof explores the reasons for Asian-Americans’ tremendous success in the United States—from real and perceived stereotypes to what he sees as the realities of their familial and cultural environments. He’s of the opinion that strong, two-parent families and a great value on education is the […]
Work Is a Battlefield?
Conflict at work—whether with others or yourself—is inevitable. But how we choose to deal with it can be the difference between prolonged pain and the freedom to move forward with what’s important. In a Wall Street Journal article, writer Sue Shallenbarger says that the trick is in choosing “which battles to go to war over.” […]
Are multitaskers asking for it?
Now for a pet peeve. I can’t stand when people constantly check email during small group meetings. There. I said it. We’re all busy people, I know. But chronically looking at your phone in small meetings where a discussion is taking place shows a lack of respect for the people who are actually present. Do you […]
Trust: The Key Ingredient in Approaching Change
In our increasingly fast-paced work lives, change happens rapidly. In academic medicine specifically, we’re adapting to shifting payment models, diminished federal funding for research, and an increased need to deliver better, more compassionate care to our patients at a lower cost. We’re evolving our communications and developing new tools to better understand our patients’ personal […]
Tapping Innovative Solutions and Technology
I recently read a New York Times blog post about how mobile technologies and cloud-based computing are changing the way companies in nearly every industry do business. The writer pointed out that tech firms are adapting, both in how they package and market their offerings and by creating new products to suit corporations’ evolving needs. […]
The Importance of Values (Or, It Happened One Night)
As a manager and as a person—and now, as a blogger—I’m passionate about helping people in their careers and lives. So, in this new-to-me forum, I’ll share some of the ways that I strive to help myself and others improve in our organizations and communities. With any luck, I hope to reach new readers and […]
Teamwork: The Amplification Effect
I’ve written in this forum before about the three values I hold dear—respect, teamwork and innovation. Of these three, teamwork is where important things really start to get done. Our team in the Department of Marketing and Communications recently created a variety of content to commemorate the 125th anniversary of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The […]
Innovation: The Power of Play
As I’ve mentioned, the three values I hold dear are respect, teamwork and innovation. When we have respect for our colleagues, collaboration is far easier. But what about innovation? Some of the best innovations can happen while “playing.” When I say play, I don’t mean being frivolous about the work at hand. Rather, I mean tapping […]
My Core Values: Respect
I recently wrote about my three core values: respect, teamwork and innovation. The reason that respect is first on my list is because without it, the other two are impossible. Without a culture of mutual respect for all, people will not come together as a team. In the absence of respect for each other’s work, […]