American Association for Clinical Chemistry Share
In health care, poor communication between shifts can lead to errors with severe consequences for patients. Other organizations, such as nuclear power, air traffic control, spacecraft mission control, and aviation maintenance, also have shift handoffs where failure to communicate can create the potential for highly negative consequences. Experts working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs have compiled best practices from the literature and their own work that are directly applicable to the laboratory. More
Learn about BOK Domain 3: Financial Management
CLMA's new Body of Knowledge for Medical Laboratory Management (BOK) features 10 Domains. Discover education that focuses on Domain 3: Financial Management by visiting the CLMA website for Education on Demand sessions and sessions from CLMA's upcoming annual meeting ThinkLab '11 sponsored by Orchard Software.
Managing yourself: Stop holding yourself back
Harvard Business Review Share
True leadership is about making other people better as a result of your presence — and making sure your impact endures in your absence. That doesn't mean leaders are selfless. They have personal goals — to build status, a professional identity, and a retirement plan, among other things. But the narrow pursuit of those goals can lead to self-protection and self-promotion, neither of which fosters other people's success. More
Plan ahead for your compliance strategy with a new audioLab from CLMA
Don't miss CLMA's new audioLab, "Effective Implementation of Required Physician Signatures on Requisitions." This session will cover an overview of compliance requirements with a step-by-step approach to complying with the new requirements, best practices for educating physicians, data collection strategies, and revision of requisition forms. Register today.
The 3 year outlook for diagnostics
American Association for Clinical Chemistry Share
Buffeted by uncertainty and unstable economic forces, the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry nonetheless is showing its resiliency and dynamic response to changing times, trends that will continue during the next three years. That's the collected wisdom of industry leaders asked to consider the near-term challenges and opportunities for a sector, like most of the health care industry, in flux. Even though the field is facing steep challenges, experts emphasized that circumstances are favorable for lab medicine to shine in an otherwise gloomy outlook. More
Change efforts fail over 70 percent of the time — why?
Fast Company Share
There are many reasons why efforts to transform and change an organization fail. Whether it's the whole company or simply a department — over 70 percent of all change efforts do not succeed. The reasons why fall into one or more of these broad categories: Poor communication, lack of top level commitment, unfocused or half hearted efforts or poor planning. However, I think these are actually symptoms of a more fundamental flaw: The very paradigm we hold of organizations. The current paradigm is that an organization is a machine of production. More
Reverse mentoring: What is it and why is it beneficial?
Reverse or reciprocal mentoring can take place within existing company mentoring programs. It doesn't require a lot in the way of new processes, just the ability to match up employees of different generations and then encourage each team to meet regularly to exchange ideas and challenge each other. Mentoring relationships shouldn't be restricted to people of the same gender or who have similar backgrounds — because there's much we can learn from people who are different from ourselves. More
Is whole-genome sequencing reaching a tipping point for clinical pathology laboratories?
Dark Daily Share
Rapid gene sequencing is catching the interest of progressive anatomic pathologists. These medical laboratory professionals are interested in using rapid gene sequencing technology to allow them to study tens and hundreds of genes on a patient specimen. The technologies used in rapid gene sequencing are being developed and improved by a handful of biotech companies who are racing each other be first to deliver systems to the marketplace that can sequence whole human genomes at a cost of $1,000 or less. More
10 ways leaders sabotage accountability
With all the talk about accountability these days, you'd think it would be top-of-mind for every CEO and board director. And yet, when it comes to holding executives and managers accountable, leaders are far more effective at avoiding or even sabotaging those efforts than accomplishing them. More
Ethical leadership: An operating manual
Bloomberg Businessweek Share
The demand for ethical leadership is growing, yet the supply remains low, as evidenced by the recent credit crisis that sparked the worst global recession since the 1930s. The rising generation of leaders appears equipped merely to navigate rather than to guide. Navigating describes how we naturally react and adapt to an interconnected world while guiding refers to how we forge a sustainable path and build endeavors of sustainable value in an ethically interdependent world. More
Straight talk is an essential leadership skill
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Share
Straight talk involves communicating honest feedback using direct words in a supportive manner. It is an essential skill for leaders and individuals when helping others at work or at home to change a behavior or situation that is not achieving desired results. New and inexperienced leaders often avoid straight talk or do it poorly, causing confrontations instead of conversations. More
Managing millennial workers
A lot of people seem to think the current crop of students — the so-called millennials — is a new species that must be trained and managed in new ways. What have you found works in the classroom? One of the characteristics of millennials, besides the fact that they are masters of digital communication, is that they are primed to do well by doing good. Almost 70 percent say that giving back and being civically engaged are their highest priorities. More
3 ways to become a better boss
The best gift you can give to your staff may be your own political astuteness and your ability to protect your own position. In bad times, political sensitivity can protect them. In better times, your reputation, sway, and knowledge of the organization will help get them the resources they need to do their jobs, lower the friction they encounter, and give them access to people and opportunities that can advance their careers. More