Tag: #leadership

What if? What if? What if?

I was a student athletic trainer when I was in high school. It was an easy class to fulfill my sports requirement since I didn’t want to play sports (other than soccer, of course) at the school, and you don’t play soccer in the winter or spring. One of my assignments was to travel with the baseball team to their…

Mental models and getting things done

When I first started working at the health department, one of my first tasks was to bring the influenza surveillance system up to speed. It used to rely on reports from a few physicians here and there, lab reports from the state lab, results from outbreak investigations, and investigations of child deaths associated with influenza. That was it. My work…

Leadership and management and authority and such

I’m taking a course in “strategic leadership” this term, and I am very much looking forward to the rest of it. It’s a small class, but I can see that it is going to be challenging and entertaining, and, best of all, I’m going to learn a lot from it. The two course instructors have decades of experience in public…

The power of words from authority

When I was in high school, many years ago, I remember having a terrible headache. It was so bad, in fact, that I threw up my breakfast on the way to school because I got that disoriented by the pain. It was very hard for me to concentrate on anything that whole day, and everyone could tell that I was…

Thoughts on leadership: At what cost?

If you pay close attention to history, you’ll notice that it is rife with people who followed a leader straight into a precipice. Just this week, the leader of North Korea is threatening to attack the United States. The United States! He may live in a very secluded part of the world, where electricity and the internet are commodities, but,…