"Labels are intellectually lazy ways for people to assert they know more about a person then they actually do; and therefore don't have to engage them in a conversation."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Self awareness is where leadership starts. We must have awareness of ourselves to lead others. Self awareness is the skill of being aware of our thoughts, emotions, and values, moment to moment."
"Self awareness is getting to know yourself moment to moment. Self awareness is knowing what you are thinking while you think it and what you are feeling when you feel it. It's the ability to keep your values in mind at all times. Self awareness is the ability to monitor yourself so you can manage your self accordingly." pgs 26-28
Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter. (2018). The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results.
"In an environment of overstimulation, the commitment to spend time, simply listening, constitutes a radical experiment in friendship."
- Radical Presence: Teaching as Contemplative Practice" (1998) by Mary Rose O'Reilley
"Leading with mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion makes you more human and less leader. It makes you more you and less your title. Mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion make you truly human and enable you to create a more people-centered culture where your people see themselves and one another as humans rather than headcounts." p. 20
Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter. (2018). The mind of the leader. Harvard Business Review Press.
This week's excerpt is from the article, "The Leader's Guide to Corporate Culture" by B. Groysberg, J. Lee, J. Prince, and J. Cheng, published in the January/February 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review.
"Strategy provides clarity and focus for collective action and decision making. Culture, however, is a more elusive lever, because much of it is anchored in unspoken behaviors, mindsets, and social patterns. For better and worse, culture and leadership are inextricably linked."
An article published in the most recent Sunday Review of the New York Times articulates one of the weaknesses in our healthcare system that the Feagin Leadership Program is working to improve. The piece is from the perspective of an intern tasked with the care of a unique patient - a former doctor whose larger-than-life career includes founding the Lown Cardiovascular Group and the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
The intern concludes from his continued relationship and conversations with Dr. Lown that the medical education system is skewed toward learning hard sciences, and that the humanities, while overlooked and underemphasized, are important in training doctors for the interpersonal and communicative aspects of medicine.
We invite you to read the article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/24/opinion/sunday/doctors-revolt-bernard-lown.html
This week, we would like to highlight two insights from Bob Lefkowitz, MD:
1. His use of the question "Are you lucky?" or "Do you consider yourself lucky?" as part of a hiring action/interview....which can give insights to a person's level of optimism and positive attitude.
2. His use of humor as a means to encourage/cultivate creativity on his teams.