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

Photo Friday: Vermont Avenue, NW, Gateway to the Future, Washington, DC USA

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“”Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, we stand together as neighbors”- districtoflove.org” 2017.04.12 DC People and Places 02295 (View on Flickr.com)

This week’s photograph was taken at the corner of Vermont Avenue, NW and U Street, in Washington, DC (of course), in front of the African American Civil War Memorial (@AfroAmCivilWar) In 2017. The sign identifies the significance of this location in United States history.

This happened on this corner in 1941:

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Rally Against DC Police Brutality on U Street: 1941 (View on Flickr.com)

…and for the next 76 years several of the most significant civil rights movements of our time were conducted or were born in this vicinity, including the African American and LGBTQ communities. Last year I wrote a blog series about several of them, which you can access here.

As a person fascinated with the total health of a population and optimism for the future, my perspective this street is one of the most special in the United States.

Every year its neighbors (who have previously included Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln), get together to keep it beautiful,so that it can continue to host the future.

If you happen to be in Washington, DC and would like to contribute with the spirits and the ancestors, feel free.

More photos of 2017 below.

Photo Friday: At Q Street and at Q Street, NW, It’s LGBTQ Communities – Plural, Washington, DC USA

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Rayburn House Building with Q Street, the professional association of LGBT lobbyists and public policy advocates and those working for LGBT equality – 2017.04.07 LGBTQ Communities, Washington, DC USA 02171 (View on Flickr.com)

This week’s photographs were taken about 30 minutes and a few miles apart from each other.

They illustrate what I learned this week. It’s not “The LGBTQ community,” it’s “LGBTQ Communities”

The photograph above is of Q Street, the professional association of LGBT lobbyists and public policy advocates and those working for LGBT equality, at a reception at the Rayburn House Building, in downtown Washington, DC.

The photograph below was taken at Whitman Walker Health, just a few miles away, at the Capital Transpride (@DCTranspride) planning meeting, led by our Co-Chair, Bianca Rey (@BiancaRey) (and event sponsored at the platinum level by Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States – @KPMidAtlantic). Ruby Corado (@CasaRubyDC) happened to drop by, which made the meeting extra special.

Whitman Walker Health (@WhitmanWalker), our awesome host, by the way, is just off of Q Street (NW) itself, in Washington, DC.

The concept of communities plural came from from Catalina Velasquez (@ConsultCatalina) who is not pictured in the photographs below, but was in the room.

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Capital TransPride Producers Group – at Whitman Walker Health, just off of Q Street, NW – 2017.04.07 LGBTQ Communities, Washington, DC USA 02172 (View on Flickr.com)

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Capital TransPride Producers Group – at Whitman Walker Health, just off of Q Street, NW 2017.04.07 LGBTQ Communities, Washington, DC USA 02174 (View on Flickr.com)

I’m almost embarrassed to realize that this concept didn’t resonate for me until Catalina explained it to our group. And then I developed the digital film my camera and realized I live this concept every day.

I am more comfortable in some LGBTQ communities over others, like most humans. If you assume that I’m more comfortable in the community in the first photo vs the community in the 2nd and 3rd photos, challenge your assumptions – it’s my 5th TransPride 🙂 .

Because biology is what it is, LGBTQ communities include every race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity in the human species. As a result a member of these communities is more likely than not to connect with more of humanity. That’s been my personal experience and it’s been an asset in every endeavor I’ve been a part of. I can’t think of a better gift to be have been given.

I’m not really embarrassed that I just figured this out, I’m celebrating that this life opportunity includes a mentor around every corner, who isn’t just like me.

To enjoy this gift in Washington, DC, the most protective of the diversity of these communities in the nation, is (cream cheese, no sugar) icing on the kale. Enjoy.

Thanks for publishing my photos, UrbanTurf, in U Street Corridor: Weekday Strollers, Weekend Warriors

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2016.09.21 DC People and Places 08077 (View on Flickr.com)

Source: U Street Corridor: Weekday Strollers, Weekend Warriors: A renewed look at a northwest DC neighborhood that is balancing everyday residents with its weekend visitors.

I have always lived in this neighborhood as long as I have been in Washington, DC, and now I live in this and the Shaw neighborhood (right on the border), where it’s clear this is where the future was born.

If there’s any doubt, check out my blog series on historic Vermont Avenue. We walk in the footsteps of giants every day here.

Thanks for using my photographs in this profile of the neighborhood where the people who changed the world walked and still walk every single day, @UrbanTurf_DC.

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2016.09.21 DC People and Places 08081 (View on Flickr.com)

Photo Friday: Are Patients Human Beings? (Answer is YES) #TDOV Washington, DC USA

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2017.03.15 #ProtectTransWomen Day of Action, Washington, DC USA 01495 (View on Flickr.com)

This photograph, taken in Washington, DC, just steps from the White House, reminded me of this photograph

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Kaiser Wakes the Doctors Book 33949 (View on Flickr.com)

In 1943, this was actually an explicit question – (“Are Patients Human Beings?”). In 2017…. it’s still an explicit one depending on the population, and an implicit one for most practitioners taking care of vulnerable populations. This photograph begs the question of whether this should be a question for anyone in the healing professions.

Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility (#TDOV)

The International TDoV is an annual holiday celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender & gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives. The holiday was founded in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays celebrating transgender people’s successes.

Click here to see the people that my generation of physicians came to health care to serve, because they are human..

Ultimately the world is learning to love better, and why shouldn’t it, diversity is what allows the human species to survive 🙂 .

What I learned at DC Tech Meetup

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2017.03.29 DC Tech Meetup, Washington, DC USA 01978 (View on Flickr.com)

Since this blog is about what I learned yesterday.

Chris Breene (@GoForTopherB), who I had the good fortune of meeting after the bad fortune of Jess Jacob’s unnecessary death, puts a lot of effort with the @DCTechMeetup team into making this happen.

And this time it happened in the historic Howard Theatre (@HowardTheatre), a great space, in a great neighborhood, in the best city in the world.

  • There are more analytics platforms than ever
  • Everyone is making money off of Twitter, except Twitter the company (why is that?)
  • CRMs come in different shapes and sizes, some better than others – and it’s the side comments made during the demos that inform those understandings 🙂 .
  • Whether in tech or not people are drawn to the future, and why wouldn’t they be, this is Washington, DC…

Rest of my photos below (all @CreativeCommons licensed of course), great job Chris and team.