The Dialectic of Creating Healing & Safe Healthcare Environments

Kindness is strength. This is so very true! One would find it difficult to source a better summary of strength of character (for anyone and especially leaders) than that of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. I said difficult, but not impossible, as a book fit to sit directly next to The Meditations is It Worked for me: In Life and Leadership, by Colin Powell. One … Continue reading The Dialectic of Creating Healing & Safe Healthcare Environments

A Downstream Addiction is keeping America’s Active Assailant/Shooter Phenomenon Untouched

Americans are traumatized by the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. As we should be. Take a look at Tess Mata. She is one of the victims of this tragedy. Take a good look at her. Note the innocence shining through her sweet smile. Sit with her in your imagination. Now ask yourself, “What can I do to help?” I propose for your consideration that … Continue reading A Downstream Addiction is keeping America’s Active Assailant/Shooter Phenomenon Untouched

When things change inside you, things change around you

Read and digest the concise message in the picture here. Many thanks to Connecticut Center for Mind-Body Enrichment, Inc for sharing this picture on LinkedIn. Click here to see their post that contained a brief and valuable narrative. The message in this picture above has relevance to America’s seeming inability to curtail its gun violence and active assailants/shooters. Stuck in our guns a ‘blazin intoxication, … Continue reading When things change inside you, things change around you

Mass Killing Incidents: Is there a Solution?

Hi All, Please read this article, entitled: 2019 Saw Most Mass Killings on Record, US Database Reveals. The mass killer can be stopped by bullets.  No doubt. Let’s be clear right off the bat.  When it comes to how Americans may die, mass killing incidents are still relatively rare in number.  Americans are far more likely to die of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and … Continue reading Mass Killing Incidents: Is there a Solution?

Building strong, sane, children as a Means to Address the Active Assailant Predicament

Hi All, Please read this useful article, entitled U.S. Secret Service: 10 warning signs before a school shooting. It’s always useful to study real research on subjects such as the Active Assailant predicament.  Otherwise, fear rules and distorts decision-making and ultimately how we address this serious issue. Note warning sign # 4: “Most attackers had experienced psychological, behavioral or developmental symptoms.” Note warning sign # … Continue reading Building strong, sane, children as a Means to Address the Active Assailant Predicament

Morgan Freeman on Conflict Communication (aka: De-Escalation)

Hi All, Not much needs to be said in words by me here. Simply read this post’s pic wherein Morgan Freeman outlines major principles of conflict communication, aka de-escalation. This highlights the fact that conflict communication (popularly known as de-escalation) is as much psychology as it is anything else. Conflict communication is not simply a grab-bag of disparate techniques! Don’t ever minimize the value of … Continue reading Morgan Freeman on Conflict Communication (aka: De-Escalation)

Incivility in Healthcare is here to stay: Knowing this, let’s get busy facing it

Greetings, See this brief article that highlights the challenges in healthcare with incivility, aggression, and violence from patients and visitors. It was shared and highlighted on LinkedIn by some of my Healthcare Security Leadership colleagues. COVID and the associated stress (e.g., surrounding tightened visitor restrictions) have certainly added to incivility, aggression, and violence coming into our hospitals. And yet, incivility, aggression, and violence were indeed … Continue reading Incivility in Healthcare is here to stay: Knowing this, let’s get busy facing it

A Tribute to Dr. Paul Farmer from a Healthcare Security Leader

In this world there are examples of human beings who are inspiring. One such person was Dr. Paul Farmer, Anthropologist, Physician, and Humanitarian. Dr. Farmer has been an inspiration to me for a long time. I work daily as a Healthcare Security Leader. Some might think that this is a profession very distinct from the role of a global health advocate and physician. Perhaps, if … Continue reading A Tribute to Dr. Paul Farmer from a Healthcare Security Leader

Teach them to long for the immensity of the sea

If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery If you want your Team Members to really excel in performance, and blossom professionally (as well as personally), do not simply hand them a role description. No, … Continue reading Teach them to long for the immensity of the sea

Healthcare cannot be a Ship in the Ocean

I again highly recommend the writings of Shane Parrish. His exploration of mental models and related topics are some of the best available anywhere. Go here to read for yourself. Read this recent post on LinkedIn wherein Shane refers to passive stability and active stability. Shane begins by mentioning: “A ship in the ocean is passively stable. The captain can take a nap, the power … Continue reading Healthcare cannot be a Ship in the Ocean