In search of electronic file naming conventions

in Best Practices, Other Stuff, Work

Anyone who has worked with me has likely experienced my efforts to find some great file I want to share and then watch me struggle to easily retrieve it off my MacBook Air. As process focused as I am, I have been laxed in developing a good system for electronic file folder and file naming […]

What we think we say – How we speak to our customers.

in health care, Other Stuff

While sitting in on a session at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum a presenter displayed the following quote on the screen and asked the audience of doctors, nurses, and health care administrators to translate it. “There’s bear in a plain wrapper doing flip flops around 78 handing out green stamps.” The sentence is […]

20 Day Challenge Day 16 – Reaching Out to Strangers

in Other Stuff, Reflections

Greenfield, MA Natives – Penn Jillette & Dave Williams Years ago, a dear friend of mine wanted to apply to Physician Assistant programs. She had a non-medical related bachelors and was working as an EMT for an urban 911 organization to gain experience. She felt she needed a physician recommendation to complement her application. I […]

20 Day Challenge Day 14 – Email Marketing

in Best Practices, Other Stuff, Technology

Part of running a business includes marketing. Many small businesses have a limited budget for fancy marketing strategies. It’s tough and expensive to create and produce slick materials and advertise to your target audience. Don’t get me started at the idea of cold calling. With the rapid growth of the Internet, email and social media […]

20 Day Challenge Day 8 – Outsourcing & Value of Your Time

in Best Practices, Other Stuff

Timer 4:25 — Recently, I have had several conversations with talented professionals who have either left a position or are in the process of exiting. The primary reason for their departure…not feeling valued. Not being valued for their contribution (i.e., recognition and compensation) or for their time and talents (i.e., having to do tasks not […]

20 Day Challenge Day 7 – Note Taking Methods

in Other Stuff

Timer Begins -21:35 — There are many important skills in life or professionally that no one ever teaches you, but can make a difference in your effectiveness. Time management is one. Running a meeting another. And, one I’ve been thinking a lot about is the art of note taking. Here are some of the things […]

20 Day Challenge Day 4 & Blogs

in Other Stuff

It’s Monday morning and I’m back in Austin, TX. On the first 3 days of the challenge, I was tackling posting while on the road at the end of the day, so today I’m home and taking a stab at doing a post first thing in the morning. According to the source of all web […]