Lately, whenever I think about corporate medicine (or corporate anything, for that matter), I cannot help but think of that song from The Lego Movie. “Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.” As long as you go to work, do your job exactly like everyone else, and follow the instructions without questioning authority, everyone wins. The only problem is that behind that perfect façade, “Lord Business” is plotting to unleash the “Kragle” on Taco Tuesday, but everyone is too focused on mindlessly doing their job during the day and watching “Where Are My Pants?” at night to see it coming. At that point, your only hope is that “The Special” will come along with “The Piece of Resistance” to stop the Kragle and save the world.
Like all other underdogs, I completely identified with the protagonist Emmet- not because I’m “special”, but because like Emmet, I think differently than most people. While everyone else is busy building practical things, I think about building the next double-decker couch, because to me it seems practical, and in the right setting, it can come in handy. I have also never backed down from questioning authority whenever I didn’t think something was right. So, despite my initial feelings to the contrary, maybe being at the top of the corporate ladder wasn’t the right place for me, because I didn’t like pretending and telling everyone below that everything was awesome, when I knew deep-down it really wasn’t.
That is not to say that I cannot be an effective leader. A lot of the most successful organizations in the world (Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Southwest Airlines, Tesla, to name a few) were led by forward-thinking leaders who thought differently than their competitors, and because of that they completely revolutionized their respective industries. The key is to pick an industry in which there is an inherent problem that merits disruption, and lucky for me, the Healthcare Industry happens to be one of them.
So, if you will excuse me, I’ll be on the lookout for a group of similarly-minded “Master Builders” who will help me find “The Piece of Resistance” so that we can save our profession from “Lord Business.” But first, I must find my pants. Until then, Happy Taco Tuesday, everyone!
After spending most of the past 2 months getting the new office ready for business, it was great to finally get back to doing what I normally do this week. Along the way, I have learned many valuable lessons that I want to share with anyone thinking about starting their own business:
- No one is on the same timeline as you. Granted, the holiday season is not the best time to start a new business, but no matter how quickly you want to get going, the rest of the world will move at its usual glacial pace. It doesn’t matter if you are an insurance company or medical staff coordinator in charge of credentialing new doctors, a web design team in charge of building your website, or a previous tenant packing up to move out of your future office space, no one is in as big a hurry as you.
- You cannot do this alone. There is no shortage of people wanting to cash in on you (e.g., passing themselves as “working with Google” to increase your business). However, there is way too much to do, so as with all things in life, it is imperative to surround yourself with good people that you trust. I could not have done this without the help of my team, too many to list here. Special shoutouts go out to Yvonne Mounkhoune at TMA, Nick Albino at Independent Bank, Jenny Frix at AthenaHealth, Josh Johnson at McKesson, and Caroline Domin, who connected me with several of these folks and was an invaluable source of help and inspiration along the way. And finally, my wife and family, who continue to tolerate and support me, no matter what I do.
- At some point, (almost) everyone should do this. I get so tired of listening to doctors constantly complain about how medicine has changed, and how they are powerless to do anything to change it. Well, I am living proof that you can do something about it. Call it what you want (boredom, burnout, midlife crisis, or a combination of the above), but I left a very successful practice with a load of administrative responsibilities largely because I was miserable. I was too busy to realize it myself, so it took the people who knew me the best to tell me so. Now, I am a changed man. Having your finger on the pulse of your practice is empowering and uplifting. When you own your own practice and become your own boss, almost every decision begins and ends with you, and there is no better way to control rising health care costs than when you are the one cutting the checks.
Feel free to comment and pass along to whomever you wish. I plan to revisit this topic a year from now, if not sooner. Until then, I will continue to periodically share my thoughts with you on various topics, on business, medicine, or whatever. I will try my best to keep it funny and interesting. If you have any specific topics you want me to discuss, please reach out to me.
Greetings, everybody! My name is Lucas Jacomides, and I want to thank you for checking out my website and reading my first-ever blog! I will try my best to make these both informative and entertaining, covering a wide array of topics, both urological and non-urological. Over the coming months, I will also be developing content on my social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn), all of which are located at the bottom of my website home page. As you can see, I'm fairly new at this, so if you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to reply, or email me @ [email protected] I look forward to growing this practice and sharing my experiences with you!
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