By: Steve Erickson
Recently I participated in a meeting set up by our staff with Information Technology leaders from a Texas-based comprehensive medical care provider. The forum was organized to gain more insight into the information management issues facing the health care industry. Our hosts were gracious and open in what they shared with us, and I came away impressed; they have a highly mature standard of IM practices, not only for the health care industry, but cross-industry.
Have you ever tried to explain your job to a child?
Randall Munroe wrote a book called “Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words” that intends to describe (with helpful illustrations) various inventions and scientific subjects using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language. It’s a tougher challenge than you might think.
There’s a decent chance you’re one of the 25 million people who have viewed Simon Sinek’s TED talk.
I watched the video and thought about the message, “Start with Why”, which is, appropriately, the title of one of his books and also the name of his website. So, as I set out to determine my professional goals for 2016, I did so with the idea that I would emphasize value over activity. Not so much, “What do I want to do?” as, “Why am I doing this?”