June 2017: What am I doing Now?

This is my June, 2017 Now Update Based on a movement created by Derek Sivers


(previous updates are here)

2017.05.20 Capital TransPride Washington, DC USA 5129
2017.05.20 Capital TransPride Washington, DC USA 5129 (View on Flickr.com)

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

My Now (@NowNowNow) Profile is visible at Link: Ted Eytan, MD Profile on NowNowNow.com


Excited to spend time with equalitymarch2017 leadership team! Washington, DC USA  June 11, 2017 #Theta360 #dc #EqualityEqualsHealth #havepride365 havepride365
Excited to spend time with @equalitymarch17 leadership team! Washington, DC USA June 11, 2017 #Theta360 #dc #EqualityEqualsHealth #havepride365 @havepride365 (View on Flickr.com)
  • Finishing Tools of Titans – back in rotation at my local library 🙂
  • Reading Mistreated by Robert Pearl, MD. I feel if people want to know the solution to what ails health care in this country, it’s best to hear from the experience of the leaders who’ve made the most progress. It’s clear that Kasier Permanente and the Permanente Medical Groups have made the most progress. Robert Pearl, MD (@RobertPearlMD) is the CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (@MAPermanente), and the Co-CEO of The Permanente Federation (@PermanenteDocs)
  • Working on a special emoji project for a friend…
  • Getting ready for the rest of LGBTQ Pride Month, including Washington, DC’s Equality March 2017 (@EqualityMarch17). I recently met the organizers and I’m impressed with the potential of the return to the roots of the most successful civil rights movements of our time.

Is there anything I should be doing that I’m not? Feel free to let me know in the comments.

Updated 2017.05.30 – Based on a movement created by Derek Sivers

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

March 2017: What Am I Doing Now? #ADayWithoutTed and mini-retirement

Note: I’ve decided to join the ‘now’ page movement. For more information: about nownownow.com. These posts will mirror updates to the /now page on this blog. Comments welcome.

2017.03.21 Tagg Magazine 2017 Enterprising Women, Washington, DC USA 3904
2017.03.21 Tagg Magazine 2017 Enterprising Women, Washington, DC USA 3904 (View on Flickr.com)

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

I am currently in the middle of a mini-retirement (I’m calling it #ADayWithoutTed).

Just 5 days. Because life is amazing, and because I can.

I’m using the time to

  • Brush up a little on my photography (always doing some of that)
  • Tidy up this blog and begin coding for a new theme (it’s time)
  • Set up email newsletters to my liking (I’m using Feedburner, which has limitations, any suggestions let me know)
  • Creating this now page (based on a movement created by Derek Sivers)

I’ll be continuing with the activities above after mini-retirement, albeit in a more time-managed sort of way.

Other things I’m doing

I recently enjoyed meeting 2017’s Enterprising Women, from which the photograph on the right is taken. One thing that’s a constant is my enjoyment of the future and Washington, DC, where both seem to happen in tandem 🙂 .

That’s it for now (and this first now page). Seems like a lot. Good to take stock. I therefore like the concept.

Is there anything I should be doing that I’m not? Let me know in the comments below. 

Updated 2017.03.27 – Based on a movement created by Derek Sivers

What’s a mini-retirement?

Timothy Ferriss argues that instead of deferring retirement to the end of our careers, we would be happier, more fulfilled, and more productive if we instead took “mini-retirements” throughout our lives.”

Because I realize I haven’t posted the story of the Mexican Fisherman elsewhere on this blog, I’m doing it here. It will help explain the concept. The story, by the way is based on on this one: Anekdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral – Wikipedia

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.” The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.”

“But what then?” Asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!”

“Millions – then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”