Introduction: Welcome to The Transforming

Healthcare changed. How we work hasn't. And it's holding us back.

Written By
Drew Weilage
January 11, 2022

Healthcare is changing.

So should how we work.

Hey! Let me be the first to welcome you to The Transforming—the always-happening, always-unfolding state of change in your job, and the continuing result of market forces way beyond our control.

Partly because of how those forces have changed healthcare and partly because of an outdated approach to working in the world those forces have created—how we work is mismatched with reality.

This mismatched approach creates friction, perhaps friction you’ve become acutely familiar with: burnout, frustration, anxiety, and the like.

Plus—

I think these next frictions you should share with your boss

—this mismatched approach is the cause of too-slow change, too-siloed work, and too-much or too-little of whatever else is getting in the way.

While we’ve spent our careers thinking work takes place in an environment similar to a football field, work is actually happening in something more like the Rocky Mountain wilderness, where there isn’t a scoreboard, or an opponent, or even a rulebook for that matter.

It’s not that work in the wilderness is impossible. It’s just ... different from a football field and requires new management mental models.

The healthcare pros who flourish will have put those mental models to work, like Org Resilience for example:

Org Resilience is a lot like plain ‘ol regular resilience, except that it transfers the burden to be resilient from individuals to the organization, where it creates benefits for you, your team, and the organization.

And Managing By Wondering About, a mental model to do more wondering—“Why?” is a powerful question and curiosity is a powerful frame of mind—so we can discover and then change the work practices holding us back.

And another: Better work right away this morning.

So let's get started with these new management models because The Transforming represents a real opportunity to work The Good Work Life, where the personal satisfaction, professional success, and real progress we show up to work every day hoping for is possible.

Through The Work is a talent development studio for healthcare pros embracing The Transforming—the always-happening, always-unfolding state of change in your job ... and using it to make more of the change you know should be happening, happen.

The Transforming is the most important professional opportunity of our careers—one that will lead to new job opportunities, real change, and a transformed industry for all of us and everyone else.

My name is Drew Weilage and I work in healthcare, too. At Through The Work, I help people like you with the ideas, skills, and attitudes to do your best work.

Oh, and pep talks! Get a pep talk when you need one: big day, bad day, or any day at all. Text me at 646-450-2465 or send me a note.

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