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What Not To Wear (To An Interview)
October 31, 2012 7:30 AM by Scott Warner
My first management interview was in-house, and I dressed the way I normally dressed for work every day: casual and comfortable. I didn’t get the job, in part, because I didn’t dress with confidence for success. For my next interview I borrowed my brother-in-law’s Read More...
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Sell Your Lab
October 26, 2012 6:14 AM by Scott Warner
Physician demands can be infuriating sometimes. Physicians can order testing that is obsolete, not indicated, or in a grape shot of requests. As I pointed out in my last blog, we should be happy to perform whatever they need to make treatment decisions. Read More...
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Not Ready For Prime Time
October 22, 2012 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
Last year I asked for an early proposal to upgrade our chemistry analyzer because of method performance. The physicians will like better low-end precision, I reasoned. But the ED director said, “I don’t think that’s quite ready for prime time.” I’ve heard Read More...
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Put People First
October 17, 2012 4:19 PM by Scott Warner
Technology is amazing. When my wife and I dine in the kitchen, we often turn on the corner TV. This TV is connected to the DVR two rooms away, which we control using a smartphone app to sometimes watch recorded episodes of The Suze Orman Show . Fast forwarding Read More...
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What-If Questions
October 12, 2012 6:18 AM by Scott Warner
The purpose of a resume is to get an interview, and the purpose of an interview is to see how well you’ll fit into the team. While your resume gives some idea of technical competence, the employer may ask “what if?” questions to gauge what you would do Read More...
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Visual Reactions
October 8, 2012 6:26 AM by Scott Warner
It’s common in labs to see a tech walking from bench to bench with a test strip or testing device asking colleagues, “Do you see a line?” Visual reactions have chafed techs for generations. I’ve heard two approaches: If you can see a line, it’s there Read More...
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Holding Meetings Accountable
October 3, 2012 7:20 AM by Scott Warner
After each boring, soul-crushing meeting I ask myself, “Why do we do this?” It’s a fair question, given the payroll expense of each person per hour of meeting time. Make it all day and add a few speakers and food, and that’s serious dough. I’ve been to Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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