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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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Less is More: Time to Discontinue Redundant Processes
August 3, 2014 7:28 PM by Glen McDaniel
As laboratorians we tend to be masters (and mistresses) of multitasking and completing tasks. Ever wondered why we have so many checklists, worksheets and forms? Computerization has simply moved some of that documentation to a new format. OK, so as scientists 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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Managing Cross-Disciplinary Teams is a Required Skill
May 31, 2014 8:43 PM by Glen McDaniel
Those of us in healthcare have worked in silos for so long it has become the norm. In fact we justify it by saying due to the complexity of our body of knowledge, others just will not understand. Physically and psychologically we are more comfortable 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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Glucose or HbA1c..Who you Gonna Call?
March 1, 2014 1:28 PM by Glen McDaniel
I have the most instructive conversations with physicians and others outside of our profession. Some day I would like to write a book of such conversations and recommend its use as a discussion point for medical laboratory students. My friend the endocrinologist Read More...
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Never Discount the Power of One
January 26, 2014 2:28 PM by Glen McDaniel
We seem to have lots to complain about in this profession: low pay, lack of recognition, a flat career ladder and encroachment on our scope of practice for starters. Next to pointing out our ills the runner up theme is the mantra things will not improve Read More...
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Is this Quality or Just Habit?
January 18, 2014 12:36 PM by Glen McDaniel
The Director of Nursing hotly defended her staff. They had in fact performed quality control on the point of care glucose meters per policy. They had dated and initialed the appropriate line on the sheet. What was the lab complaining about? What did the 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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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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Importance of Effective Onboarding
July 21, 2013 2:21 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few years ago I was part of a team appointed by a national hospital company to study and make recommendations for staff retention. The organization had a horrendous record for turnover; in fact in some key areas like nursing assistants the turnover Read More...
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The Power of Mornings
June 30, 2013 4:48 PM by Glen McDaniel
I am just not a morning person. I decided a long time ago that my ideal job would be that of a stage actor, working at night, relaxing leisurely after work, going to bed way after midnight and then sleeping in the following morning. Most of us do not Read More...
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Try Mirroring to Build Rapport
March 30, 2013 6:08 PM by Glen McDaniel
We all know the saying "birds of a feather flock together." This does not only refer to the fact that those with common interests and values tend to be friends and hang around each other. Research has shown that adopting synchronous body language (essentially Read More...
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Don't Fear Workplace Conflict
March 10, 2013 6:23 PM by Glen McDaniel
One of the most uncomfortable situations for employees and managers alike is a workplace that has obvious conflict. We are taught to work as a cohesive team and lots of resources is spent on teambuilding. The word "team" is considered sacrosanct in fact. Read More...
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