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When Is it OK to Mention Your Employer on Social Media?
April 17, 2015 9:11 PM by Glen McDaniel
It goes without saying that we live in the world of social media. I am not ashamed to say (maybe I should be) that this not-so-young guy spends way too much time online. Among friends of my generation, I am the go-to guru for interpretation of social Read More...
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Know the Difference Between Cost and Value
December 31, 2014 2:38 PM by Glen McDaniel
In casual conversation we use the terms cost, price and value almost interchangeably. That might seem to be just semantics, but I think we send mixed messages or act inappropriately when we start believing these concepts are identical. Anyone who has Read More...
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Expand Your Network by Bridging Structural Holes
December 28, 2014 3:30 PM by Glen McDaniel
Think about the people you know professionally; and most likely the majority are also laboratorians. That seems logical because you interact with colleagues at work. Maybe you belong to a local professional group or even a national membership organization. Read More...
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You Work for Yourself, No One Else
November 9, 2014 7:39 PM by Glen McDaniel
My dad was so proud of the fact that he worked for the same employer for 40+ years. He was never late, was rarely sick and sometimes went to work despite the fact he was under the weather. He thought he was indispensable and that his employer really valued Read More...
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Should Every Laboratory “Clinical Problem” be Handled by a Pathologist?
November 1, 2014 10:52 PM by Glen McDaniel
It seems that experiences always occur in groups. Recently I had 3 separate but similar experiences that made me decide to write this blog. Laboratorians on an online forum were discussing recent issues that their particular labs faced with nursing, such Read More...
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The Benefits of Intergenerational Teams
August 9, 2014 9:06 PM by Glen McDaniel
As the workforces ages we find many Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) are retiring and the workforce is increasingly made up of younger individuals. The interesting thing about different generations working together is that values and even work ethics Read More...
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8 Tips to Improve Your Conversational Effectiveness
June 28, 2014 7:07 PM by Glen McDaniel
I am sure you have all heard the lament, “He/she just does not know how to talk to people.” As team members laboratorians have to interact with each other and convey information not only to fellow laboratorians (peers and supervisors) but to their customers Read More...
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There is a Great Need for More Useful MLS Research
March 29, 2014 5:45 PM by Glen McDaniel
I love science! I always have and I always will. So when I asked recently to be a judge at a science fair at a local college, I immediately jumped at the request. I was really impressed with the quality of the projects and the soundness of the research, Read More...
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HHS Publishes Final Rule on Patient Access to Their Lab results
March 16, 2014 1:21 AM by Glen McDaniel
Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule that requires laboratories to give patients access to their lab results. A few years ago Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reaffirmed the Obama Administration commitment to patient-centered Read More...
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Sounds Like a Personal Problem to Me
December 28, 2013 4:38 PM by Glen McDaniel
You might be familiar with the comeback, “Sounds like a personal problem to me.” That expression is usually used to quash a complaint or an excuse not living up to expectations. That expression came to mind recently. The weather is usually mild in Atlanta Read More...
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It’s Not My Job-Or is It?
November 24, 2013 4:32 PM by Glen McDaniel
No matter what your job is, it’s likely you periodically encounter situations that make you consider whether you should just look the other way or take ownership. This might range from a customer service issue with a patient, to an interdepartmental impasse Read More...
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Find Your Passion, Find Your Niche
October 12, 2013 6:12 PM by Glen McDaniel
There is a lot happening in this country these days. As a medical laboratory scientist, I have been used to change, but it seems like the past few years have been typified by huge changes to many people I know personally and professionally. One of the Read More...
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Make a Good First Impression: Lessons from Your Favorite Commercial
September 8, 2013 2:44 PM by Glen McDaniel
In the last blog we discussed the importance of making a good favorable impression on a prospective employer; and how to tailor your resume to deliver that oomph factor. Once you have passed that first test and scored an interview, there is another hurdle: Read More...
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Marketing is Everything
May 29, 2013 8:40 PM by Glen McDaniel
"Marketing is everything," a friend of mine is fond of declaring with a tone of finality. Recently when I pressed for proof of such a definitive statement, he pointed to the last Presidential elections. The terms "non-American socialist" and "out of touch Read More...
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Coping with transitions
May 6, 2013 3:30 PM by Glen McDaniel
My friend Martha is 60 years old. She had been with her company for years in various roles from manager to director and finally COO. This past year she had some challenges related to her health, her mom died and she got divorced after almost 40 years Read More...
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