Hard is Healthy. Here’s Why.

Are you looking for a miraculous big break that gives you an unexpected gift and changes everything? If so, I’ve got bad news for you. There is no quick fix, no get-rich scheme and no free ride to that next big step in your career. My “big breaks” didn’t come through any magical moment, but rather, through significant situations that taught me to embrace the truth: hard is healthy! As I reflected on my big breaks, I thought of pivotal events that oddly enough accelerated my career. Each... Read more →

The #1 Most Dysfunctional Belief of Successful People!

One of the most dysfunctional beliefs of successful people is our contempt for simplicity and structure. We believe that we are above needing structure to help us on seemingly simple tasks. For example, as Dr. Atul Gawande reported in his book, The Checklist Manifesto, central line infections in intensive care units virtually disappear when doctors follow a simple five-point checklist involving rote procedures such as washing hands, cleaning the patient’s skin, and using a sterile dressing after... Read more →

Get Paid for Doing Good

“We don’t live in a world where individuals get rewarded for contributing to society. Instead, the message is, contribute to your own thing and you’ll be rewarded for it. Then use that money to contribute to society. That process is too slow.” These are the words of Riva-Melissa Tez, which I found at the end of this interesting Medium article.  She’s saying that you do your job, make money, then have the option to use your money – or your time – to do good. But... Read more →

Fascinating Habits of Incredibly Interesting People

Interesting people have a special magnetism. They tell incredible stories and lead unusual lives. But what exactly makes them so captivating? They’re curious more than anything else. An interesting person is always excited to explore the world, and this energy radiates outward. Some people are naturally interesting, but there are also ways to learn to be more engaging. Dr. Clair Nixon is known throughout Texas A&M as an incredibly interesting accounting professor (an oxymoron if there ever... Read more →

The Best People to Help You Succeed (and the Worst)

  Over the course of a career, everyone encounters a wide variety of co-workers, bosses, rivals, customers, and advisers. Some of these are more appealing than others on a personal and emotional basis. But how much they can help or hurt your path to success is a separate question. A career needs planning and handling, which means that you must become aware of how other people affect it. Being able to assess the benefit of a business relationship–or the lack of benefit–is a skill... Read more →

From Ship Builders to Savvy Marketers, the Cruise Industry Has a Place for Leaders Like You

The global cruise industry is exactly that – completely global.  The ships go everywhere (approximately 1,000 ports worldwide), the customers come from everywhere and the crew come from everywhere. About 24 million people will take a cruise in 2016 and based on orders for new ships the industry is set to grow at about 4% per year for the foreseeable future. The Asia/Pacific region is the fastest growing region in the world as both a source market for customers and as a set of destinations for... Read more →

Why Healthcare Can’t Afford Wishful Thinking

In this series, professionals describe what numbers govern their happiness. Write your own #MyMetric post here. Wishful thinking is a powerful force. People seek facts that confirm their biases. We tend not to see the world as it is, but as we’d like it to be. This is no problem in some areas of life. But in healthcare, we can’t afford wishful thinking. Lives depend on the accuracy and objectivity of our perceptions. That’s why my personal metric for success is simple — numbers. Business... Read more →

Health care needs its moneyball moment

The health care industry has a lot to learn from baseball. Tasked with fielding a competitive team on a relative shoestring budget, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane had to apply a different strategy than conventional wisdom to compete. Instead of relying on the homerun, his teams would prize players who could get on base for offense and take away runs from the other team on defense. He used new metrics to identify undervalued cost-effective players that could perform this strategy. Now... Read more →

America’s Secret Weapon

This presidential election has the country captivated. As many commentators have pointed out, the primaries are more focused on personalities than policy. While the parties focus on who is going to represent them in the fall, I want to make the case for something that I hope every candidate will agree on in November: America’s unparalleled capacity for innovation. When the United States invests in innovation, it creates companies and jobs at home, makes Americans healthier and safer, and saves... Read more →

Why scientists and researchers need to make their research accessible to the public

An exciting event is happening this Friday, April 22, that I have the honor to emcee: the University of California’s second annual Grad Slam, held this year at LinkedIn’s new downtown San Francisco office. For the uninitiated, UC’s Grad Slam challenges graduate students from each of our 10 campuses to compete head-to-head in delivering an engaging TED-style talk about their research, free of jargon, in just three minutes or less. It’s the ultimate elevator pitch. Winners share $10,000 in... Read more →
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