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Sep 8
New Research for Leaders Who Make Mistakes

Have you noticed that people tend to lose their peace of mind when they make mistakes?  Yet leaders tell you they fear admitting mistakes because they don’t want to get sued. What would happen if a leader used honest mistakes ... as stepping stones to move forward?

A recent study showed an interesting link between physician burnout connected to an increase in perceived medical errors. The study at
Mayo Clinic found that doctors who sense they have made a major medical error in the previous three months are more likely to suffer burnout and depression. Unfortunately … because of the brain’s shut mistakes 4.gifdown with these conditions … this problem also increases the risk of future mistakes, the study at
Mayo Clinic reported in the current issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Medical errors create a serious problem and the Institute of Medicine   report in 1999 that as many as 100,000 patients die each year because of preventable medical mistakes. In fact  several more recent studies found that a significant proportion of trainees make serious medical errors. It's easy to see why more help is needed. But this research speaks to leaders everywhere....

True... the central purpose of this study was to help doctors make fewer mistakes.  Yet the study shows that  if  physicians face personal distress, and increase future mistakes ... so also do leaders.

While it’s true that mistakes have a strong impact on burnout, empathy and depression in doctors … this vicious cycle can negatively impact client care when leaders ere. Brokers have mistakingly emptied people’s life savings. Builders have added toxins to homes. Drivers have created accidents under similar stress. Let’s face it … mistakes are rarely a good thing…. Furthermore ... we all make them.

This new research reminds us to work with and not against the human brain as an effort to prevent, identify and treat burnout in physicians, for the benefit of their patients. As researchers continue to study this problem and identify solutions, to address physician burnout… other leaders too can find answers to mistake making and its links to mental problems.

In the meantime… here are several tips that help leaders to use mistakes as stepping stones:

1. Build goodwill even with those who disagree and people will likely sue less
2. Practice the marks of a brain based peace plan to work through conflicts
3. Organize your day for fewer mistakes, by using logical math intelligence
4. Draw from your beliefs to shape what you do with excellence
5. Fight to get enough sleep because your brain rewires while you sleep
6. Laugh more – especially at the silly things and your brain thrives on humor
7. Use mistakes as solid stepping stones to improved practice

Have you noticed that leaders who build good will … balance their lives … organize their day … and rest … also tend to admit mistakes and ask people to forgive them. Those who do admit and apologize for the right reasons… teach us all that mistakes are inevitable … and we all make them… but honorable responses can add peace.

How do you handle mistakes in your day?
Jul28
American Idols and Bush
I’ll admit I am one of the few Americans that is not addicted to American Idol. But I don’t have anything against it either. However, I am surprised that in a week of death, carnage and conflict, President Bush allowed his schedule to include a visit from the American Idol tour.

I can only assume that this meeting of Bush and American Idol champ Taylorbush hicks.jpg Hicks and company was scheduled months ago but it still feels wrong.

In my mind, there is a crisis in hand and President Bush should be on it. His focus, his resolve, his energy and his public persona should suggest that he is in control of the many issues that are currently on the minds of Americans and the much of the world.

And they are many.

War between Israel and Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas
More troops – not less required in Iraq as daily death toll pushes 100
UN vote on Iran nuclear program
A slowing economy
Gas prices out of control
New Orleans left to die amidst human rights abuse
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May29
Memorial Day Means Do Your Part

Memorial Day for most people is the unoffical start of summer. It ushers in that liberating feeling that carefree days of warm summer days are here. memorial day.jpg

Memorial Day should be much more than that - particularly when lives are at risk defending freedom. On this day, we should all honor those who are in the service of our country as well as those that have passed who dutifully served.

Memorial Day got it start when Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic officially proclaimed a day of memorial on May 5, 1868 to be observed on May 30 of the same year. On that day, flowers were placed upon the graves of all the soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  The nation had suffered tremendous loss through the Civil War and the divisiveness had not healed despite the end of the war. Memorial Day was a chance to honor and remember.

I heard a suggestion of a DJ on a radio station that we should call someone we knew that had served or was serving in the armed forces. That seems like a decent gesture but may I suggest something more?  Maybe on Memorial Day we can think about all those that have sacrificed life for our freedom and then we commit to do a little more to uphold the values of that freedom.

For example, could you be more tolerant? Maybe be less angry while driving? How about reading to a child or volunteering at a hospital? On Memorial Day could you commit to visit an aging relative or even better, a senior facility where you don’t know anyone but where a visit would mean so much? Will you commit to understand the issues of the next local, state or national election and exercise your right to vote?

For more than 225 years, Americans have sacrificed, often with their lives to make not only the United States but the world a better place. We can honor these men and women best by doing our part to make our community, neighborhood and family a place of peace, community and safety. If we all do our small part, the world will be a better place.

 
Apr27
Invisible Children is Viral

Editor’s Note: Thanks to my daughter Macy for this guest post. Macy just finished her freshman year at Brigham Young University yesterday – on her 19th birthday. On her birthday wish list was an African bracelet – come to find out, to support Invisible Children. Happy Birthday Macy. She arrived at our home late morning after packing all day and all night and then driving from Provo, Utah to southern California.macy BYU.JPG

I am passionate about the great message and work of Invisible Children. The guys from Invisible Children came to BYU at the end of February. I found them working a small booth in our student union. I stopped because of my interest in Africa and humanitarian aid. They had attracted a small gathering of people. The booth was manned by college kids, many from California and so we had something in common besides our interest in a good cause. I also found out that they were on an internship taking the Invisible Children mission to college campuses across the U.S.

My friend and I bought a DVD and were given six more and asked to tell the story in our dormitory. Based on what we already knew, we were happy and enthusiastic to pass it on. 

But then we went to our rooms and watched the movie and it became a part of our lives – not just another cause. We knew we had to spread the message that the DVD so powerfully tells. Since that week we have had a showing of the DVD every Thursday and this last showing had more than a thousand people attend. We have been spreading the word by sending the movies to our friends. We have been busy on Facebook passing the word to friends at more than 100 colleges including my group of more than 500 college students that follow Rwanda.  I sent the DVD to friends at Sonoma State and Cal State San Marcos. And so it goes.

The DVD is made to be easy to share. It comes with a wall-mounted holder. We put it on the walls of our dorm floors and told people to take it and watch it. If anyone was thinking about stealing it, I am sure their mind changed after watching it. It is just too powerful. It not only inspires but motivates you to do something. So people took it and watched it and returned it to the holder. We also put up posters in the dorms.

I encourage everyone to buy the bracelet, register your email and plan on the Global Night Commute on April 29th! It is a great way to get connected. When you register you can type in your location and it will find other people near you that are going to walk on April 29th. Registering is important. The list of names will be sent to Congress. Be sure that your name is on it. 

If you have any questions, ask your kids or anyone under 25. It is great to be a part of a community of young people helping young people. Don’t you want to feel great too?  And young?


My Dad said I should say thanks to Seth Godin and a guy named Chartreuse even though I don't know who they are. So
thanks  And of course thanks Tim for helping tell this story. And hi Mom, Dylan, Truman & Beecher.

 
 
Mar14
Learning from Slobodan Milosevic's Destruction
Slobodan Milosevic, former President of Yugoslavia was found dead in his cell on March 11, 2006 in the UN war crimes tribunal's detention center. As noted in a great editorial in the Washington Post, milosevic poster defaced with mud

“The life of Slobodan Milosevic offers another lesson in how one individual can shape the course of history.”

Milosevic, who came to power as Yugoslavia emerged from communist rule at the end of the 1990s, flamed racial tension and promoted ethnic cleansing that resulted in brutal civil war and the deaths of 200,000. The editorial notes that while contemporary political leaders Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev sought peace in highly charged environments…..

“Mr. Milosevic was the antithesis of those great leaders. More than is generally recognized, at least in his own country, he was personally responsible for the most destructive conflict, and most terrible atrocities, recorded in Europe since World War II.”

My hope is that the life and death of Milosevic reminds us that the those who use hate, fear, intolerance, force and violence in their quest for power and authority do not lead but eventually fail. It was Gandhi who said,

“Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.”

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