Accountability. It’s a critical element in organizations that grow. Last Monday at about 2:15 AM one of the doctors took accountability for me, made a decision to send me to the ICU possibly saving my life, I didn’t want to go there, I liked being in the familiar. He looked at the larger picture. The trends he saw disturbed him. Continuing fever for two and half days. Hemoglobin being absorbed almost as fast as they could put it in me. Plus the disturbing rate my heart was pumping at, and the balance between the low and high number they give on blood pressure. (The bottom number is not good if it drops below 60.)
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Measuring results isn’t always easy. Let’s take my situation here in the hospital. The nurses, physicians and support team are all surprised and amazed at my health and attitude throughout my chemotherapy treatments. Beyond two short and slight fevers, plus a few rashes, and my hair loss I’ve had no real outward consequences from the chemotherapy. Yet never confuse efforts with results.
Last night my sleep pattern was severely disrupted. About 10:30 PM the nurses discovered I was running a slight fever. Immediately they jumped into action. On the Leukemia ward of the hospital anyone suffering from a fever is handled seriously.
Someone once said that a vacation is anything you do that is outside your normal range of work. I guess that means I’m on vacation. At least that’s where I planned to be this week.
It’s starts with the easy stuff. Every morning between 7:30 and 9 AM.
How simple is it to make a dashboard? I’m waiting for the diagnosis from my biopsy. Still the University of Iowa has displayed on a bulletin board in my room a dashboard with some of the vitally important metrics for my condition.
Last blog we discussed how as your company grows and expands it seems harder and harder to communicate your vision. People at the tactical level of your company often don’t know what the strategy for your business is. In fact they don’t know a lot of things that are important for them to know about your business. There’s often a huge gap on how they work with prospects and customers due to poor communication of your vision and strategy, let alone company policies.
Albert Einstein, Compound Effect author, Success Magazine Publisher Darren Hardy, and Strategic Learning author Willie Pietersen all agree. Focus and compounding are the two most powerful forces in the universe. Developing clarity of focus is your springboard.
Remember the story of Rip Van Winkle? You probably remember he slept for 20 years, but little else.
At this time of year it’s very common to find people exhibiting high stress levels. A trip for groceries, or to the hardware store, takes a bit longer due to long lines and depending on where you live the weather.