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Super Bowl: Preparation Results in Nimble Pivots and Overtime Win

SWOT Analysis – Preparing for Nimble Pivots and Success

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Mid-winter is a time of end-of-season rivalries and celebrations (or not!), analysis and reflection, planning and implementation. 

This past weekend, the 51st Super Bowl had a nail-biting, historic overtime win, complete with a half-time sky diving diva, heroic vindication, familial dedication, awkward award moments, and a stolen jersey.  The Patriot’s 4th quarter come-from-behind victory is emblematic of careful preparation, taking stock of current circumstances and making immediate decisions that fueled success.  

The common theme here is the importance of rigorous preparation prior to nimble, targeted response. That preparation includes conducting an internal evaluation, considering the findings, executing a plan.  Now, how does this link to the need for a training program to conduct an internal self study followed by external validation of its findings, then executing on a plan?  Conducting a SWOT analysis provides information that is useful in determining a program's strategic direction.  

1980 Hockey Olympic Dream Team -- Miracle on Ice

Self Study -- Characteristics of an effective group

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As a student at the University of Wisconsin, I had some appreciation of the importance of hockey as a fast, hard-hitting game of endurance and strategy.  But I came to appreciate hockey as an example of disciplined and rigorous team work, resilience, almost psychic communication, and exquisite timing during the 1980 Olympics.   So what is it that makes a team come together and accomplish amazing things, including a transformative self study?


In the previous blog we discussed the importance of creating the core self study evaluation group.  This blog will explore the on-going process of group development.  Bruce Tuckman, a scientist, psychologist and professor emeritus at The Ohio State University described five stages of a group:  forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning.  

Lessons Learned from the Great Pyramids

Self Study -- Committee Work is Excellence in Action

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The new year has begun; we’re all back to work.  So, if you are thinking about accreditation, the big question is: “How do we begin the Self Study process?“  As Mark Twain wrote, “the secret to getting ahead is getting started”.  Let’s get started. 

As I think about daunting tasks, building the pyramids comes to mind. Another daunting task -- conducting a self study.  What are the lessons learned from the pyramid builders that are germane today and applicable to conducting a self study? 

Lessons Learned from Cleaning Closets and Getting Organized

Self Study Energizes and Informs Your Program

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Welcome to the inaugural posting in a new series exploring the purpose of the self study in the accreditation process.

I recently read Marie Kondo’s quirky best -sellers: “the life-changing magic of tidying up; the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing” and the sequel “spark joy”.  In concept, a self study is just like cleaning and reorganizing a closet, maybe a lot of closets since there are magnitudes of difference in the scale of activity! Think about it...

Over the next several months, we will explore in more detail how to conduct a meaningful and relevant self study using a nine-step process.  In creating this series, please do reach out to me personally or through the comments box to create a conversation about how to conduct a self study.  I look forward to your questions, concerns, experiences and observations – they will enrich the posts and the conversation.    


Weaving Excellence into Training Programs

Standard 8 -- Trainee Services

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This is the final posting in the series: Consortium Accreditation Standards. The next posts will be exploring Self Studies.

Accreditation Standard 8 -- Trainee Services focuses on ensuring that the trainee is fully embraced and supported as a highly qualified member of the professional healthcare community.  All of which got me to thinking about community, belonging, and acceptance… Thinking about the positive impact of being welcomed and valued.  Of course, Standard 8 also deals with other issues as well -- providing professional resources (computing, health care, work environment, Human Resources, etc.), grievance processes, and trainee record maintenance.

I'd like to focus on how trainee services fosters a welcoming professional community for trainees.  The Cherokee use basket weaving as an analogy for the life cycle, and specifically address the mind/body connection.  In several ways it is an apt analogy for how trainee services fosters progression through a training program.

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