The company we keep

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The company we keep in life is often the key to our prosperity.  Think about that for just a minute.  Have you noticed how your mood changes our your outlook is affected by the person you’re talking to.  Have you ever had a good day go bad because you spent time with a negative person?   I have, and at times I don’t even realize that I’m being drug down, but it happens.

The same is true in our work lives.  Have you ever looked at a schedule to see who’s working.  If so, I’m going to guess one of two things came to mind.  You felt comfort and relief that someone you trust and rely upon is working and you knew that no matter what, the day you are scheduled to work with that person is going to be a good day.  The other situation that may occur is you look at the schedule and you begin to dread the day you have to work with so and so and no matter what, that day will not be good.  It’s easier for all of us to be more successful if we’re surrounded by good people.

I thoroughly enjoy what I do for a living.  Health care is meaningful work but it’s difficult.  In my current role I’m removed from direct patient care but I get to contribute by making sure patient care staff have the resources they need to do their best and provide the best possible care for the patient.  I am fortunate to work with very talented and committed individuals.  My responsibility extends to several areas that I know very little about such as Marketing, Oncology and Chemotherapy, Food and Nutrition Services and Wound Care – just to name a few.  What I do know is that very talented and committed people oversee the day-to-day operations of those areas.  I also know that the best way for those departments to be successful is for me to get out of their way and let them do their jobs.

The company we keep in our companies is often the key to our success. Health care is a very diverse service offering and there’s no way to be an expert in every field of health care and in my case I don’t need to be because I’m fortunate to be surrounded by great people.  I have to contribute in my own way, I need to encourage, I need to support, I need to coach and I need to be understanding but I don’t need to be the star.  I need to help those people who have a direct impact on the patient be a star.

Finding the spotlight isn’t about standing in it. There’s so much to be gained from working with a collective of people who support each other to achieve great things. We all eventually become a product of the people we associate closely with.  The actions and behaviors of the people we surround ourselves with resonate with us and subconsciously influence our everyday choices. It’s therefore incredibly important to surround yourself with people who compliment you, aid your self-development, and most importantly allow you to shine – even if it’s in their shadow.

I’ve been blessed with both the honor and privilege to be in a leadership position and the best way I know to do my job is to identify great people, let them do what they’re great at and then reward and encourage their success.

Success takes trust but without trust is success ever really achieved…

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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