Tackling the Pace of Change

“If you’re the CEO of a health system, you are a change agent. If you’re not good at that, hopefully your replacement will be.”

Dr. John Noseworthy, President and CEO of Mayo Clinic, dropped this bit of wisdom during a recent fireside chat with American Medical Association CEO Dr. James Madara at MATTER in Chicago.

The point Dr. Noseworthy makes is that change is constant in the health care industry. Many fight change, many wish for the glory years in the past (even though, when given serious thought, they may not have been quite so glorious), and many look for ways to make things slow down.

Good luck with that.

General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff, U. S. Army, says something similar in a slightly different way.

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

My personal takeaway is to strive for continuous, lifelong learning. Every person we meet, every new piece of technology we encounter, every new group we join offers an opportunity to get better.

How do you choose to tackle change?

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