Greetings from Washington, DC (of course) and welcome to my second now update, April, 2017.
My Now profile and my contribution
What was great about this process was the questions asked in the creation of the profile.
To the question “What do you do?” I answered:
I create things and support people who help the world learn to love better.Ted Eytan, MD – NowNowNow.com Profile
I didn’t even think about creating a response based on my job duties. It was a wonderful coincidence, then, when I read the following passage in Peter Drucker’s “The Effective Executive“:
The head of one of the large management consulting firms always starts an assignment with a new client by spending a few days visiting the senior executives of the client organization one by one. After he has chatted with them about the assignment and the client organization, its history and its people, he asks (though rarely, of course, in these words): “And what do you do that justifies your being on the payroll?” The great majority, he reports, answer: “I run the accounting department,” or “I am in charge of the sales force.” Indeed, not uncommonly the answer is, “I have 850 people working under me.” Only a few say, “It’s my job to give our managers the information they need to make the right decisions,” or “I am responsible for finding out what products the customer will want tomorrow,” or “I have to think through and prepare the decisions the president will have to face tomorrow.”
The man who focuses on efforts and who stresses his downward authority is a subordinate no matter how exalted his title and rank. But the man who focuses on contribution and who takes responsibility for results, no matter how junior, is in the most literal sense of the phrase, “top management.” He holds himself accountable for the performance of the whole. (emphasis added by me)
Drucker, Peter F. (2017-01-24). The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials) (p. 59). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
I believe this type of thinking is a feature of the health professions. We tend to think about our purpose rather than our position in a hierarchy.
- Assisting in Washington DC’s 10th Capital TransPride. It’s my 5th. This year the event will be hosted by Washington, DC’s Studio Theatre (@Studio_Theatre). It continues to be a great experience to work with this team – 360 degrees of people who are unapologetically proud 🙂 .
- Stil working on email newsletter generation and deep-diving into customer relations management systems as well as e-mail marketing. What a fascinating science
- Reading Stumbling on Happiness
- Planning my next mini-retirement. Because life is amazing, and I can. Probably at the end of this month.
Updates since my last now update
- Mini-retirement ended (and it was fantastic)
- Lots more photos taken, including of the Ivanka Trump Dance Party which received quite a bit of press
- Coding for a new theme for this blog complete – you’re looking at now, what do you think?
- “The Case Against Sugar” – Finished – My review is here
- “Tools of Titans” – still in progress (waiting for my rotation at my local library)
- “The Effective Executive” – Finished – review coming soon
Is there anything I should be doing that I’m not? I’m turning on the comments with this update, feel free to let me know.
Updated 2017.04.17 – Based on a movement created by Derek Sivers