Our Turn

It’s been a difficult week in Pittsburgh. The horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday has tested the steely resolve of this City and all of her inhabitants, Sheila and I included. I’ve told myself that it is just like the other tragedies that Las Vegas, Orlando, Parkland, Sandy Hook (and unfortunately others) experienced. Even though I am Jewish and this happened in my community, I saw this event as just another in the long string of...

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Burnout 2: Sales Men and Women

Last week’s RW on Physician and Nurse Burnout provided quite a bit of interest from several physician colleagues and other health care professionals. I was surprised, however, to hear from folks in other fields who felt their burnout levels were pretty high, although they all acknowledged that medical professional’s concerns took it to a higher level. Among the most vocal were sales professionals. They pointed out that their challenge to deliver is a daily battle that cannot be won but...

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Concern, Aggravation, Grievance: Don’t Do This to Your Customers

I came back at 4 PM…still no service. Now, I was a bit aggravated and called the front desk. I was told that their policy is that rooms don’t have to be cleaned until 5 PM. That’s was interesting I told them because my policy is 2 PM; but it is their hotel. When I came back at 5 after a workout, the room still wasn’t cleaned up. So much for policies, At this point, I thought it was time...

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Physician and Nurse Burnout

I’ve been working with healthcare professionals for the past 30 years and when I talk to my healthcare colleagues, I hear the same things I’ve heard for all those years. “Healthcare is really crazy right now.” The truth is that healthcare professionals are smart, highly dedicated, and hard working. The challenge for them is all about the shifting business requirements and expectations that have happened as healthcare has become industrialized. A recent study in the Harvard Business Review, discussing physical...

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Leadership Endurance

I was scheduled to meet with the CEO of a billion dollar company last month when he sent me an email explaining that he had to cancel our meeting. He was overwhelmed with budget and operational issues and was not in a place where he could talk about his own leadership style. I suggested to him that he not worry about our meeting right now and that his emphasis was absolutely on the mark. After all, making sure that 2019...

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The Problems of Democracy

It probably won’t surprise anyone to find out that in a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, 57% of Americans reported that they were stressed by our current political landscape. Last week must have seen that number skyrocket. If you are an involved citizen, there is no way to avoid being concerned about all that is swirling about us. It’s more than politics, however. It is about your patriotism and belief in the values of our country. After all,...

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