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Should you focus on strengths or weaknesses?
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There's a fairly heated and polarized philosophical debate going on in management circles. The question is this: Should managers focus on their and their employee's strengths or weaknesses? Everyone seems to have an opinion: one camp says focusing on the positives is more effective and motivating; the opposing side says the key to professional growth is overcoming limitations; others can't make up their mind and try to wordsmith their way out of the dilemma with tricky lines like "exploit strengths while managing weaknesses." As with all complex issues in the real business world, the answer is none of the above. The real world isn't black and white and there's no single answer or silver bullet that will work for every manager, organization or situation. More

CLMA industry update: Mandatory use of revised ABN date set
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In May, CMS changed the font, not the content, of the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage, which is issued by providers and suppliers in situations where Medicare payment is expected to be denied. CMS is transitioning to the new forms to allow providers and suppliers to exhaust pre-printed stockpiles of the outgoing ABNs. While use of the revised ABNs currently is optional, the new forms are mandatory beginning Jan. 1. The new version of the form is identified by the date of 3/2011 in the lower left hand corner. If an older version of the ABN is issued on or after Jan. 1 it will be considered invalid. More

4 motivation mistakes most leaders make
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Irrationality is a basic part of being human. A classic example is buying something we would never otherwise have spent money on — and will never use — simply because it's a great deal. So when it comes to motivating employees to change, it should be no surprise that leaders who rely on rationality typically spend time and energy on the wrong things, send messages that miss the mark and create frustrating unintended consequences. Yet most do it anyhow. More

Earn CE credits with CLMA Education
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You can still earn CE credits through CLMA's Education on Demand sessions recorded from ThinkLab '11. If you have recently purchased an EOD session, contact CLMA at or 312-321-5111 to receive credit for your purchase. This offer expires Nov. 25. Continue to check your inbox for educational promotions and upcoming conference information. And visit the CLMA Facebook page and LinkedIn group to connect with more than 1,200 industry professionals. More

The secret to dealing with difficult people: It's about you
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Do you have someone at work who consistently triggers you? Doesn't listen? Takes credit for work you've done? Wastes your time with trivial issues? Acts like a know-it-all? Can only talk about himself? Constantly criticizes? Our core emotional need is to feel valued and valuable. When we don't, it's deeply unsettling, a challenge to our sense of equilibrium, security and well-being. At the most primal level, it can feel like a threat to our very survival. This is especially true when the person you're struggling with is your boss. The problem is that being in charge of other people rarely brings out the best in us. More

Examining how fibrin works against the patient in the clinical laboratory
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When you accidentally cut yourself or are bleeding from an injury, fibrin is your friend. It stops the bleeding and eventually forms a stable mat of tissue that seals the wound from infection while the damaged tissue regenerates. But when you pull red-top tubes from the centrifuge, the same fibrin is your foe. More accurately, it's your patient's foe. That's because fibrin formation in the tube to be tested may lead to instrumentation problems and/or inaccurate results. More

October: National Fire Prevention
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October is National Fire Prevention month. Since fire safety requires close involvement with staff members, OSHA has a number of requirements in order to protect employees. More

Good news for clinical labs and phlebotomists: Safety-engineered devices reduce needlestick injuries
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Plebotomists and safety managers in clinical laboratories across the nation will welcome the results of several studies on phlebotomy needlestick injuries. Evidence is accumulating that use of safety-engineered devices contributes to fewer reports of accidental needle sticks. Some experts consider this to be one more example of how focused, concerted attention to a problem in medical laboratory safety standards can encourage innovative solutions. Several hospital studies show a significant reduction in phlebotomy needlestick injuries. These studies tracked needlestick injuries following passage of legislation in 2000 and the requirement of safety-engineered devices. More

How to choose benefits that will attract good employees
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Most employers offer their employees a benefits package. Though expensive, it is considered a necessity to attract and retain good employees. After 20 years of advising employers on their employee benefit programs, some solid recommendations as to what smaller employers may want to include for a competitive benefits package. More

Why nobody likes controlling bosses
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People hate power companies, communication service providers, airlines and banks more than any other type of companies. Know why? For the same reason they hate controlling bosses. People don't like being controlled or manipulated. And you know what? Controlling people dislike being controlled even more than most people do. How's that for irony? More

What is behavioral based safety?
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The dawn of the Industrial Revolution, when the number of production facilities rapidly increased, along with workplace accidents and fatalities, was the impetus for the development of safety management as a field of study and career path. Initially safety management focused on engineering — designing safer workplaces through improvements to hazardous machinery and work areas and establishing operating procedures to minimize inherent risks in production processes. Industrial leaders then turned their attention towards human behavior and began developing processes and rules aimed at the actions of individuals and how we can help protect ourselves from hazards. Last was the development of Personal Protective Equipment, which added another layer of protection to workers. More

Study: Employer tobacco control interventions are effective, more are needed
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Cigarette smoking is among the most important modifiable risk factors for adverse health outcomes, and a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Although some progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence and exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace through the implementation of targeted tobacco control interventions, additional employer interventions are needed, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. More

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