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Louis Watson
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Re: To MBA or Not To MBA - That is the question ?
Louis Watson   9/27/2013 11:50:45 AM
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@Broadway   Thanks for the insight,  and it certainly looks like the ol' "Side Swipe" was in practice here. 

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Broadway   9/24/2013 10:49:59 PM
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@Louis, my favorite managerial tactic is the "side swipe." It occurs when they (and you) know you're making a good argument, offering a good solution, etc., so they don't attack your idea directly; they find something wrong in a minor point of your presentation and attack that, derailing the discussion and often whole meetings.

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Louis Watson   9/24/2013 4:32:14 PM
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"...you want to have people on your team that are smarter than you. That raises everybody's effectiveness! "

I agree Beth, yet so often Managers feel threaten by new energy and ideas, I once recently had a manager respond to every "new idea" expressed, with the "known issue" response.

Well if it is a "known issue" why hasn't something been done about it ?   Frustrating the verbal games some play when they precieve a threat.

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Broadway   9/23/2013 2:09:33 PM
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@Noreen, most health systems people I talk with are licking their chops at the exchanges and health reform in general. There will be millions more people accessing health care now than previously were. It is a big win for providers (hopefully nurses included).

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BethSchultz   9/23/2013 9:35:38 AM
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Being a good team player is so important, but so often team leaders forget how important it is to capitalize on the skills of the team members. Anne Robinson brought this up in her Women in Analytics profile piece, too. As she said, you want to have people on your team that are smarter than you. That raises everybody's effectiveness!

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Louis Watson   9/22/2013 1:54:45 AM
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Great economies love generalists and bad economies prefer specialists.  

@Seth   Interesting way to view economies.  I agree this is a basis of contrast, but I am not so sure bad economies are reflected by a dependence on specialist.  I think it depends on what the speciality is - many countries have been sucessfull by just focusing on two or three profitable specialities and seeking to become know as the best to provide them.   

It does stand to reason "generalists" are better suited to help the whole than would a specialist if we are talking about an hyrid society, which I believe you are ?

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To MBA or Not To MBA - That is the question ?
Louis Watson   9/22/2013 1:47:16 AM
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"I'm a generalist and my MBA has not done much for me."

Interesting I thought about an MBA, when I was fresh out of school, but the benefits and the economy quickly faded.   Would it be more beneficial than an Masters in Statistics ?  Well depends on your ultimate goal of course, but if it is Analytics then the latter choice is probably more beneficial.  

I understand and agree with Ms. Kulkarni's position as well, you will need a broad understanding of many subjects and motivations to be effective in the end.  And you probably can't do it alone either  ; )   

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SethBreedlove   9/21/2013 7:47:00 PM
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At Noreen,  I'm sure there will be a lot of pend up demand. Health clinics brace for 'pent-up demand' | Marketplace.org , Pent-Up Demand and the Discovery of New Health ... - PAA 2006


Interestingly, some are saying that the pent up demand may increase health care cost. Pent-up Demand For Healthcare Threatens To Increase Premiums ...


Below is a very interesting video where it is explained on why healthcare is so high U.S.  And it really is a combination of things.  For example, here Dr.'s have to take loans for schools, hence they charge more because they need to pay them on top of malpractice insurance.  Additionally, since we have so many providers vs. one universal provider, our negotiation  strenth on cost and quality of service is less than other nations.  We actually wind up subsidizing other nations because we pay so much for new drugs and technology that is for less than other countries. (I wonder if that is the same for cellphone service?)  If the video doesn't show you can see it here. 


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In which John discusses the complicated reasons why the United States spends so much more on health care than any other country in the world, and along the way reveals some surprising information,...

 



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Noreen Seebacher   9/21/2013 4:35:30 PM
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Wonder if there will be more demand for nurses once the health exchanges go into effect Jan. 1.

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SethBreedlove   9/21/2013 3:05:56 AM
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When people don't have health insurance, such as in a down economy, they can't afford to get treatment in either a clinic or hospital.  Thus, hospital revenue goes down. The hospital I worked out, cut out all the middle nurses -- the licensed vocational nurses.  RN's must handle more responsibility and CNA must handle all of the grunt work.

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