Medical professionals may use their expertise as a sort of crutch that keeps them from learning a new way of thinking or of doing. Is your knowledge and the bias of expertise keeping you from progressing in your field and providing better experience for your patients?
I’ve long been an admirer of online retailer Zappos and what they accomplished to create a unique and vibrant culture for employees. When their leader and CEO Tony Hsieh passed away several months ago, I hadn’t given much thought to what his absence would mean for the future of the employee culture. In this blog post I take some insights from this company and its recent change in leadership, to question how medical practices can measure and strengthen their own internal culture.
With all the focus on improving the experience, here’s the truth: Behind every great customer experience is a team that is dedicated, resourced and rewarded to make it happen. No matter how much a doctor may want to improve the overall patient experience in the practice, he or she cannot do it alone or with the help of one person. It takes a team!
As a society, we’ve largely come to take innovation for granted…especially in healthcare. New modes of imaging, operating and implanting aim to help doctors offer solutions to improve the lives of their patients.
Many doctors fancy themselves to be good negotiators. Perhaps this is true when it comes to their purchases of equipment and expenditures in their personal lives. But when it comes to how their practices handle fees and discounting, there’s a lot of room for improvement.
People commonly confuse the words leadership and management, treating them as if they are one and the same. It reminds me how, in my work with doctors, they use marketing and advertising as if they were the same thing. However, leadership takes many forms.
This week’s blog post highlights eight examples of how Tony Hsieh and Zappos influenced the world – yours and mine – for the better. I’ve long been a fan of their “customer first” philosophy and got to experience it firsthand as a journalist when I visited their headquarters in 2008. When I learned he passed away, my mind immediately recalled the impact he has had and how his work has influenced mine.
HPMS stands for High Performance Management System. It forces us to look at process – how we get things done – with a structured approach based on proven quality principles.
Admit it, sales representatives play an important part in the function of a medical practice. The relationships you have with your best reps help keep the practice in good shape and keep you abreast of what’s new in technology and industry.
Do you know what one word separates survival and success from despair and failure? That word is HOPE. And in the context of business success, hope must translate into an organization’s mission, vision and values. The problem is that most businesses confuse these 3 cornerstone elements; and that confusion hinders success.