Random thoughts and quotes while wondering what the final version of the GOP healthcare reform bill will include…

random quotes“ The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him’?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘Make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people.” – Mary Kay Ash

“Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.” – Stephen Covey

“The secret to having a successful business is to have great employees. Great employees will not work for a CEO who walks around with a financial report in one hand and a bullwhip in the other.” – SelfPerspective podcast

“One of the most important leadership qualities is trust. Without truth, though, there is no pathway to trust.” – Leadership maxim

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” – Leo Buscaglia, PhD, author

“It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.” – Malala Yousafzai, 19, Nobel Laureate from Pakistan

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” — Thomas Jefferson

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore, Poet

“Some argue that the only way to reduce the high cost of healthcare in the US is to create a true free market system the that will promote real competition and lower prices. It is funny but I cannot recall ever seeing the term ‘free market healthcare’ in the same sentence with improved access, high quality care and enhanced patient safety.” – Hospital CEO

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” – Aristotle

“One of the greatest honors for a consultant is to be called a trusted advisor.” – Unknown

“It is very tempting to cut corners and can grind your people on the organization’s financial performance all day, every day, when the powers-that-be at corporate are more worried about their quarterly bonuses, the company’s stock price or the next conference call with Wall Street analysts.” – Hospital CEO

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”  – Isaac Asimov

“I do not care who you are, where you went to school, which union represents you, how smart you are, or how smart you think you are — executive, doctor, nurse — you are not entitled to work in a hospital. To run a hospital, or to take care of patients who trust us to help make them better is a privilege, not a right or ‘just a job’.” – SelfPerspective blog