If you’re like me, you’re probably sick of hearing phrases like, “unprecedented times,” and “new normal”. Perhaps these phrases are so popular because we just don’t know what to call the phase that we’re in. I was recently listening to a podcast by a fellow woman entrepreneur, Ali Brown, who referred to this time as, “The big mess in the middle”. I think that description hits the nail on the head. We’ve endured so much, yet there is still so much ahead. Moving forward we must continue to use critical thinking skills.
Now that we’re eight months into the pandemic, we’re sort of figuring things out. At the beginning, it felt a bit like building a plane while in flight. Now it just seems like somebody forgot to reset the pause button.
Using Critical Thinking
None of us have all the answers but we’re using good critical thinking as we wing it. I’ve spoken with dozens of healthcare leaders who cite numerous examples of the silver linings that have come from the pandemic. They’ve discovered new and efficient ways of doing things. Leaders have implemented new systems and technology. They’ve learned that, despite healthcare’s long history of slow decision-making and change, they can turn on a dime when they must.
It would be nice to have all the answers, but until we do, I’m comfortable using critical thinking while winging it.Tags: Healthcare Leader, Leadership, leadership practices, Senior Leaders