Why We’re Working On the Weekends

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Do you work weekends too?

When I send an email or tweet to someone on a Friday evening, it’s always interesting to watch who responds before the weekend is over.  Those are the 8pm Warriors.

They are usually the most successful people I know.

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The interesting thing about their success is that it has nothing to do with actually working on the weekend, but rather why they’re working on the weekend.

Why do you do it?

Most people don’t work weekends because they like to enjoy a break from work. They want some time to do what they love and spend time with people they love. Me time.

I totally understand that.

However, when people do work they love and work with people they care about, every day is like the weekend. Their work is joyful and exciting and meaningful.

That is why they’re successful.  Not because they need to work weekends, but because they want to.  That is the key to success.

You must love what you do to be successful.

If you don’t love what you do Monday through Friday, get a new job or create one.

Live inspired.  Follow your passion.  Work weekends.

Have a great weekend,

Aaron @Biebert

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5 Topics Worth Discussing

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Someone I respect very much (a great 8pm Warrior) has asked me write a guest piece for his blog.  Now I’m up sitting here contemplating ideas for a special post, one that would spark a great discussion and add value to his blog.

Here are the best five topics I came up with that might be worth developing.  Tweet at me or comment (here or on Facebook) if you have any thoughts.

Here they are, it’s my first 8pm Warrior Reader’s Digest.

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Thesis A)  ”The More Things Change, the More They Stay The Same”

The world is in a time of significant change.  We are at the crossroads of ages.

However, has anything really changed?  Do we have different needs?  Different motivations?  Different values?

Thesis B)  The Value of a Mentor

It seems like all too often young leaders have it all figured out.  I was one of them.

However, sooner or later a time comes when something bad happens and advice or strength is needed.  Enter the Mentor.

Without a mentor, we base decisions from calculations using a limited set of experiences.  Adding a mentor’s experience to the mix improves the calculation and will lead to a better result.

The only problem?  Pride.

Thesis C)  Emotions:  You Can’t Lead With Them, You Can’t Succeed Live Without Them

Have you ever worked for a leader that didn’t seem to care?  How about one that was so emotional that the whole department or company was always on edge or weary.

Thesis D)  Lie Down with Dogs…

An old Latin saying goes like this:  ”You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.”

Some of the most talented people I know have wasted their opportunities because of their choice of friends.  Friends who are distracting, disinterested, or discouraging.

Sound like your friends?  If you want to be successful, you need to find new ones.

Thesis E)  Know Their Limits

Forget your own limits for now.  At this point in your life you probably know them by now.

It’s time to know the limits of your team.

Leaders who enjoy success in the long run must know how long and how hard they can push others.  Otherwise, they face the same problem as Alexander the Great.  He motivated and led his troops around the ancient world with success the world had never seen before, only to be betrayed by his own men who were weary and ready for rest.

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Is there any of these that sticks out?

Aaron@Biebert

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Thank you notes

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I’ve had all day and two separate Thanksgiving meals to think about what I’m thankful for in my career.  I thought I would share a couple of these thoughts with you.

  • Thank you to those who have helped form our new ideas.  You are some of the best and brightest people I know.
  • To all those who dared to try our new ideas, those who could see the vision before others could:  Thank you!  (It was visionaries like you who brought us the airplane, submarine, and spaceship)
  • I’m thankful for the lessons of life that make us better, more caring, stronger.  They’ve made us who we are, even though they hurt so much.
  • To those who choose to work with us, and allow us to pursue our dreams.  Thank you.  I will not forget your gift. 
  • To those who keep working, when the going gets tough.  Your strength inspires me.  Thank you.
  • To those who’ve said “Yes”, when it was easier to say “No”.  Thank you.  (It was your “Yes” that gives us a tomorrow and a future.)
  • Thank you to the friends who share our story with their friends and colleagues.  You are the sponsors of our tomorrow.

To my team members, friends and family:  Thank You for your support!

You mean the world to us.

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The Things We Make…

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…Make Us.

At least that’s what the Jeep said this summer when they unveiled their newest creation (here’s the YouTube link: http://bit.ly/b9TFd2).  It just begs the question:

What do you make?

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business” - Unknown

When we started the Clear Medical Solutions group back in 2007, we decided that we were going to “make” happiness for the people we work with, and guess what? 

It “makes” us happy.

With so many nurses, physicians, therapists, HIM’ers, and leaders suffering from fatigue, burnout, and mountains of paperwork, we figured happiness is something that would make a huge impact in our industry (and more importantly, our world).

So now every day we get together to pursue happiness for our people.  I always say that I’m the luckiest guy because I get to love my work, help people, chase goals, and make a career out of it every single day.  Yeah, it’s a battle sometimes (especially in this economy)…but it’s a battle worth fighting. 

Thanks for all the support.

If you know of any healthcare organizations that need someone, our people can be the solution.  We’ve built a nationwide medical community and we’d love to put it to good use making a difference. 

Let’s work together.

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The Thing about Social Media

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Do you remember when email was the “new thing”? 

How about the internet, word processors, or even computers?  It sounds funny now, but I remember people doubting if those tools would be anything more than just a passing fad.  Fast forward to 2010 and I earnestly believe that Social Media is the same sort of “new thing” that we’ll need to learn and embrace to be effective leaders in the coming years.

The only reason I bring this up now is that my last post about “Social Surgery” caused quit a stir.  However, despite all the publicity surrounding social networking, I still see a lot of healthcare leaders questioning the need to join and engage on any social networks at all (i.e. Facebook, Linkedin, or Twitter).  They just don’t see the need. 

Maybe I can help by sharing some of my experiences and research.

All around the world, social media is helping build revolutionary communities that are impacting how people get their information.  Just recently, a study showed that 3 out of 4 Americans get their news from social media or email.  Never before has information or peer support been more available, and social media is playing a big role.

In addition to gathering information and finding free support from peers, social media also makes information about you and your organization (both good info and bad) easier to find and share.  If you’re a leader at a medical facility, this could potentially make your work life easier or more difficult, depending on your ability to recognize both the opportunities and threats facing your department or organization stemming from Social Media.

Learning about Social Media is key, just like learning how to use email was important years ago.

Next week on Tuesday, I’ll be doing a webinar for my HFMA chapter called “Making Social Media Work for You”, and I’ll be sharing some thoughts and research in a series of short morning blog posts until then.  Hopefully they’ll be good practice for my HFMA webinar and helpful for anyone wondering about the value and future of social media. 

If you’re interested in the discussion, comments are encouraged and you can subscribe to the blog postings on the upper right hand side of the ClearMatters.com blog website.

Have a great Sunday!

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare. 

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A Reminder to Say Thanks

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Chile mine rescue

Rescued!

I stayed up last night and watched the first miner surface after 69 days trapped underground.  It was an amazing thing to watch a man who was lost, be found, and the passion and ingenuity that was required to rescue them.

It made me thankful for what I have, and for my family, friends, clients, and colleagues at Clear Medical Solutions.

On behalf of our entire team, I want to say thank you to you for the support over the years, and for helping build a special community of medical professionals. 

Here’s the news story of the rescue.

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare. 

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Medical Professionals Top the List of “Least Productive without Coffee”

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I thought it would be fun to share a study I just read while drinking my coffee this morning. 

According to a new survey commissioned by CareerBuilder and Dunkin’ Donuts, the top 5 professions with the highest percentage of workers stating they are less productive without coffee are:

1) Nurses
2) Physicians
3) Hotel workers
4) Designers/Architects
5) Financial/Insurance sales representatives 

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Big shocker…right?  ;-) 

With the 24/7 nature of our industry, it’s no surprise that we’re all tired.  One of our nurses regularly drinks a mix of Gatorade and 5 Hour Energy shots, and none of us were surprised when a picture (right) surfaced of one of our nursing/therapy agent’s morning caffeine routine.

“The Coffee Effect”

  • 40% of American workers aged 18 to 24 admit they can’t concentrate as well without coffee.  43% of workers aged 18 to 34 stated they have lower energy if they don’t drink coffee.
  • More than 2 in 5 American workers claim they are less productive without coffee.  Workers in the Northeast U.S. stated they are the most dependent on coffee, with 48% of people claiming they are less productive without coffee, compared to the South at 45%, West at 44%and Midwest at 34%.
  • 37% of American workers drink 2 or more cups of coffee during their workday.

How about you?  Do you need coffee?

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare. 

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Experience First, Money Later

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In healthcare, I see how reality has not matched the promise of easy employment after school in lucrative ”shortage” jobs.

Have you ever heard these lines before?

“Your profession will be in high demand”

“Because of the shortage, you’ll have no problem getting a job after school”

“You can expect relatively high wages for this career path”

I see many newly graduated Therapists, Medical Coders, RHIA’s, RHIT’s, and even nurses join the Clear Medical Network on a daily basis, and many of them are having a hard time finding the type of employment they were expecting after school in this economy.

Not the right pay.  Not the right specialty.  Not the right type of facility.  At least not until they have experience. 

What does this mean?  For those of you who are graduating soon or have just graduated, it’s important to realize that everyone is paid in two ways:  money and experience.  It seems that in this economy, sometimes grads have to work (sometimes for less pay) to earn experience before they will earn the higher pay others with more experience are earning.  

Even RN’s I know that want careers in a specific specialty (L&D, ED, etc.) or type of facility have had to volunteer (yes, for free) at the type of place where they want to work, all the while working in a clinic/unit that they don’t get excited about.

Reality?  I’m afraid so.

For those of you still in school or deciding on a career, please know that careers in nursing, medicine, therapy, coding, and so many other healthcare positions will indeed be great careers in the long run.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that we’re looking at a 22.5% increase in new jobs in our industry by 2018.  Combine that with Baby Boomers starting to retire, and it’s obvious that there will be a shortage.

Just don’t expect it to feel like it right now. 

If you’re looking for mentoring, advice, or career opportunities, we started the free Clear Medical Network to bring experienced healthcare professionals together with new grads and students to help bridge the gap of experience. 

Hang in there, it’s worth it.  It’s a wonderful career to care for your neighbors when they need it most.

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare. 

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