What’s Your “Why”?

This turns out to be a really great question for leaders, but it’s also a really great question for your life. When did you last ask what the “why” was for your organization? When was the last time you asked yourself “why” you’re doing the work you do? If you don’t know the answer, it’s worth taking time to consider the answer. Some of you may find out that you’re reason why isn’t sufficient and it’s time to change. Nothing wrong with change. Life is too short to be working for a “why” that doesn’t matter to you.

The Why of Healthcare IT

Joseph McClendon III is right that we can do amazing things when we have a collective reason for doing something. If you can’t find a valuable “Why” in healthcare, then I don’t know what to tell you. I get it if you’re frustrated by the health system or your employer. What I can’t understand is if you think that the goal of effective healthcare is not a great why for your life.

Frustration with the healthcare system is fine as long as it springs us to action. It’s easy to think that nothing we can do can change healthcare as we know it. If you have that view, you’re right that things will never change. Although, as my friend Andy (@cancergeek) says, we need to all change status quo to provide care at the N of 1. One person, one patient, one problem at a time. That’s something we can all do.

There’s power in thinking smaller and understanding and appreciating the little impacts we do which aggregate into a big difference.

What’s your “Why”?

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.