What’s Your Genius?

Just as we all have something to learn, I believe we all have something to teach, something to share with the world. We have a genius. That genius may show up as a talent beyond compare like being a virtuoso at the violin, a gifted sculptor, an athlete performing at world class levels, or a whiz at writing code. Those are some of the more obvious, commonly acknowledged forms of genius. Yet it can also show up as the ability to diffuse any conversation with frustrated and frightened customers at a call center, giving comfort and finding solutions. Genius may have developed over the ten years you spent birthing a new industry – not just a business, an entirely new genre of business. Perhaps your gift is in the form of lessons learned the hard way through a series of rock bottoms and the highest highs that eventually leveled out. READ MORE

How to Sell Your Brain

You’ve heard the phrase, “knowledge is power.” That’s true, but knowledge can also be product. An event planner, for example, might enjoy a thriving practice helping dozens of clients host successful parties. By publishing an e-book on how to plan a great event, though, that planner could reach thousands of customers, increasing revenue exponentially. Sharing your knowledge in new and different ways—whether that’s as an e-book, workshop or smartphone app—can solidify your expert status, open new markets and revenue streams, and enhance your relationship with customers. READ MORE

Why You Need to Understand How

Ideally, your business will grow at a modest to high pace, fully within your control, without a hitch. Reality is rarely that accommodating. Even with elegantly planned growth strategies, it’s easy to overlook a few things—such as the importance of your company’s everyday processes. If you pay attention to the systems you have in place and consider them as part of your growth strategy, they can be your support structure. If you ignore process, you’re setting yourself up to collapse under the weight of new growth. Take time now to assess and document the processes throughout your business, not just operations. This will support the growth of your company in four primary ways. READ MORE

Where Healthcare Dollars are Spent When Pediatric Palliative Care is Provided

[Abstract] Although pediatric palliative care has become more accessible over the past decade, little research has been performed that focuses on the financial impact of providing palliative care in an inpatient hospital setting. Using a case-controlled methodology, health care costs and the distribution of these costs were compared between children who received palliative care to those who did not. In comparing children who received palliative services to case controls, the similarities are striking, and the differences may have clinical significance. Children receiving care coordinated by the palliative care program underwent fewer radiology procedures and received greater assistance from pharmacologic services. This reflects greater attention and interventions provided to treat pain and provide comfort. (Full article can only be accessed by Journal subscribers.)

Implementation of a Palliative Care Team in a Pediatric Hospital

[Abstract] Recommendations for best practice from the American Academy of Pediatrics include the availability of palliative care for children with life-threatening or life-limiting health care conditions. The uniqueness of the both the pediatric population and a pediatric health care setting requires changing the culture that previously has provided only curative or hospice care to these individuals. Methods to provide palliative care alongside of treatment and coordination of these efforts must be multidisciplinary and include family members. (Full article can only be accessed by Journal subscribers.)

Development of a Pediatric Palliative Care Team

[Abstract] The American Academy of Pediatrics has provided clinical recommendations for palliative care needs of children. This article outlines the steps involved in implementing a pediatric palliative care program in a Midwest pediatric magnet health care facility. The development of a Pediatric Advanced Comfort Care Team was supported by hospital administration and funded through grants. Challenges included the development of collaborative relationships with health care professionals from specialty areas. Pediatric Advanced Comfort Care Team services, available from the time of diagnosis, are provided by a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals and individualized on the basis of needs expressed by each child and his or her family. (Full article can only be accessed by Journal subscribers.)