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Leadership lessons: Why US COVID vaccines rates not ideal due to leadership failures and a VUCA world

The reason that the United States hasn’t been able reach to higher vaccination rates is because of leadership failures. It’s really hard for leaders to lead transformational change during stable times. Infinitely harder to lead in a VUCA dynamic world, but not impossible. It’s the timeless leadership challenge: How do you help the people you lead get from A to B? This exchange between Fox Sunday host Chris Wallace and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts makes it pretty clear that both Wallace and Ricketts are actually correct and each of their responses are rational and appropriate. Wallace wonders why do parents object to getting their children vaccinated for COVID but not other required vaccines needed before attending school? He notes that when he was a child, his parents and many others didn’t hesitate when the polio vaccine first came out. So what Wallace highlights is that vaccine requirements have existed for […] Read More »

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Lifelines – A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health – Book Review

A truly incredible story of an elementary school immigrant from China who through grit, perseverance, and steely focus, and who witnesses and experiences all too many tragedies becomes one of America’s most trusted physicians and public health advocates not necessarily because she wanted to, but because she feels compelled to do so.  Dr. Leana Wen’s deep care, empathy, integrity, pragmatism and gratitude towards her patients and the public are a consequence of her stressful upbringing, fortuitous opportunities, and individual setbacks which were complemented by the support and kindness of strangers, teachers, and mentors who took an interest in helping push and guide her. In a very raw, candid, and personal account of her challenges growing up, becoming a patient advocate, and then ultimately a very public figure, Dr. Wen shares her personal and professional struggles as a child living in an immigrant household trying to make ends meet, seeing injustices […] Read More »

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The Long Fix: Solving America’s Health Care Crisis with Strategies that Work for Everyone

Wow. Must read. Amazing insights which offers solutions for ensuring better health care. Dr. Vivian Lee has done a miraculous job in writing an easy to understand and very engaging book on the challenges facing the US health care system to ensure affordability, accessibility, and consistent high quality care. This is a must read for anyone wishing to understand how the US health care system got started, how did it become what it is today, and what is needed to make it better. Through and full of insightful perspectives from experts in health care from the public sector and private sector as well as memorable one-liner quotes and anecdotes, it ends each chapter asking each responsible party in health care – payers (insurers, employers), patients, physicians, health care providers, and policy makers, what each should do to enable a better future. I appreciate the enormous difficulty in explaining the US […] Read More »

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Book Review – EDGE – Turning Adversity to Advantage.

Highly recommended. Delightful. Fun and important practical read, especially for Asian Americans Full of personal anecdotes and based on research, author and Harvard Business School professor Laura Huang lives and breathes EDGE – Enrich, Delight, Guide, Effort. Hard work alone isn’t enough. You need something else to stand out and give you that EDGE which makes you unique and different. Taking stereotypes and biases and flipping them, discovering your individual story, and then building on it means you can find your authentic self. Be the person no one else can copy because no one has your specific journey, successes, setbacks, insights, and experiences. As a result, no one can replicate the special value and perspectives you bring. This is important in a busy world where people and organizations make assumptions which often are incorrect but will not change unless you take action by empowering yourself with EDGE. I wish I […] Read More »

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Creating a Pandemic Recovery Playbook – Wachter, Cody, Kim

I had the opportunity to listen to exceptional physician leaders on the frontline on how our country might reopen in an unprecedented time during the COVID-19 pandemic. I came away inspired and thankful we have these individuals helping lead our country into this unknown. The perspectives showed thoughtfulness, experience, wisdom, and frank candor. These are qualities we should always expect from our leaders. Thank you to Adrian Aroun, founder and CEO of the health care start-up Forward to moderating this delightful program. @AdrianAoun The four physician leaders are: Dr. Bob Wachter Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco – @Bob_Wachter Dr. Sara Cody, Public Health Department Director of Santa Clara County Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Vice Chairman and Partner at Global Infrastructure Partners Dr. Nate Favini, Medical Lead at Forward – @NateFavini Highlights from the video My highlights are not meant to be exhaustive […] Read More »

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