Dropping the baton

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched. Aesop C 550 B.C. I’m not sure if you remember the 2008 summer Olympic Games, but in the track and field category, there was one event that was particularly disappointing: the 4 by 100 meter relay race. For those not familiar with a relay race, each team has four runners. One runner starts the race and carries a baton. At the end of 100 meters, there’s a transfer zone where the runner hands the baton to the next runner. If the hand off isn’t completed in the designated zone — or …
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Emergency room triage

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. Theophrastus d. 278 B.C. On several occasions over the years, I’ve had the unfortunate experience of taking someone to an emergency room at a hospital. After a hospital staffer gets the patient’s name and information, the patient is sent to triage; a nurse checks the patient’s vital signs, determines the reason for the visit, then makes a decision about the next step. The choices are either to proceed with immediate treatment, or — as happens in most cases — to send the patient back to the waiting room. Generally, the …
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The path to improvement

Our thoughts create our reality — where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go. Peter McWilliams 1949 – 2000 Nearly everyone I know wants to improve some area of their lives; every person I work with is certainly looking to make a change for the better. Yet far too many people focus on the wrong thing. Let me share with you an experiment carried out at the University of Wisconsin. The researchers selected two bowling teams, determined a baseline performance level for each group, and videotaped the teams in action. Then the researchers edited the tapes. …
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