April, 2017: What am I doing Now? Contribution and Effectiveness

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“This Business Supports Rainbow Crosswalks” – Washington, DC USA – 2017.04.16 DC People and Places 02453 (View on Flickr.com)

Greetings from Washington, DC (of course) and welcome to my second now update, April, 2017.

My Now profile and my contribution

Link: Ted Eytan, MD Profile on NowNowNow.com

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.

And Now

  • 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 🙂 .

Capital TransPride producers, at the Studio Theatre, Washington, DC USA #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

  • 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


Thanks for flagging the theme update in the body copy – it wasn’t apparent in the email distribution!

Feedback as requested:

– Top of post (banner and head): tops! Good clean look, perfect banner.

– Body copy: good & readable

– Blockquotes: seems odd to have them (a) bigger than the body copy, (b) not indented

Looking at your Ivanka dance party pix – GORGEOUS photography, and I envy how you make photo info pop up over the photos (though I sometimes wish they were captions rather than the Flickr data, but then maybe that’s not your doing).

btw, I wish I could be at the science march this Saturday, but after years of hiatus due to intense travel, I’ve finally rejoined my men’s chorus, and we’re competing in the local competition that day. Totally bummed! But it’s totally restorative to come here and see continuous growth.

Hey Dave,

As always, thank you for taking time out of your schedule to take a look!

I completely agree regarding the blockquotes – I went in and tweaked the style, see if they stand out better now – your encouragement made it happen :).

I also agree with you about the photo info – I am working on having both the captions there as well as a link out to the original. Always something new.

Sorry you can’t join at the Science March. Whenever I hear about someone not being able to be somewhere, it provides extra stimulus for me to capture as much of the human spirit as possible, it can’t be wasted, I’ll post what I see.

Sing well for me,


Hm, YOUR encouragement re singing Saturday will have me visualizing that march, as I prepare to be on stage.

The blockquotes look the same to me now as yesterday, even after refreshing. I’ll send screen captures if you want – email me.

Update: a force-reload (Shift-Reload) made the new look appear. I like the indent and shading. But the quote’s text still looks bigger than the body copy (but with tight linespace, making it look a little squished). And as a grammarian-proofreader I wish the quote box used double quotes instead of single, but I imagine that’s not normal 🙂

Thanks for being responsive! (Pun intended)

Ted Eytan, MD