Leader by doing – Kate Granger

When curating content for The Edge I work two weeks prior to publication. One of the pieces I had selected was this profile which covered the amazing work of Kate Granger and the #Hellomynameis campaign, arguably one of the biggest healthcare campaigns to date. It is with great sadness that I sit here and amend the commentary to reflect that Kate died on the 23rd July. My thoughts are with Chris and Kate’s family at this difficult time.

#Hellomynameis has changed the way we think about care and challenged people to act with kindness and empathy at all times. Kate had never been featured as a change agent in The Edge as her work has been shared in so many places and needed no introduction. This profile really covers the achievements of the campaign and how Kate helped us to learn through her story.

Campaigning in healthcare is important and it takes courage to challenge bad practice and bring about change. Kate inspires us to be ‘leaders by doing’ at all levels, rather than wait for others to step forward. I love this piece by Dr Damian Roland which articulates why we need to act and not wait to be leaders in the NHS.


Can we heal the ailing healthcare system?

This ambitious post seeks to harness the collective power of NHS staff, volunteers and patients as a social movement to bring about change.  Lots of great ideas that will be explored in further posts.

Worth a read, a debate and the foundations to build a social movement.

Fab Change day 2016 – 100 day count down

For those of you who have not been involved in change day before here is an overview and a run down to the next 100 days before fab change day 2016.  Lots of great resources coming soon so you can start planning your very own fab change day in your organisation.

Tweet us @theedgenhs to tell us what you are planning.

10 reasons for social leadership

In the Social Age, only the truly agile can thrive; our role is to help our organisations adapt to this new dynamic, and Social Leadership is one aspect of that.

 This post from Julian Stodd puts together a connected thought process on social leadership.  It deconstructs the powerful aspects required and offers additional insight through links to extra posts.

Social leadership is a challenge and there are many interpretations of what it can or could be depending on who you talk to.  One area I have found useful is to see what others understanding is through a series of guest blog posts from @DamianCorbet #SocialCEO and this one looks at the complexity of the term.  Let us know what you think about the term and who you consider a social leader at this current time by tweeting @theedgenhs #SocialLeader.

The future of our health

The future of health is now.  Take the time to watch this video to the end.  Be amazed, heartened and understand the potential of data, digital and human connection.

Dr Jack Kreindler takes our current reality, adds a human  narrative and shows what is possible if we practice the art of future thinking.  Please share with others through a retweet.

Rising Strong Brene Brown

I would recommend this book to all change agents who want to access a comprehensive research study on resilience.  There will always be critics of your actions and this video from Brene Brown shows what is important to get you through difficult times.

The most transformative and resilient leaders that I’ve worked with over the course of my career have three things in common: First, they recognize the central role that relationships and story play in culture and strategy, and they stay curious about their own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Second, they understand and stay curious about how emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are connected in the people they lead, and how those factors affect relationships and perception. And, third, they have the ability and willingness to lean in to discomfort and vulnerability.”  Brene Brown

Share with the Horizons team your thoughts on resilience and how you relate to the video and article.  You can do this through @theedgenhs or @School4Radicals and sure that @BreneBrown would be interested in your feedback too.

Five overlooked ways to purposefully create optimism at work

This five minute read  highlights simple ways to create optimism at work.  We live in difficult times where people are trying to make sense of change all round, whether it is the recent political shift or austerity measures.

Shawn explores an approach that could be easily put in place to create optimism and engagement at work.  Whilst most of the advice is common sense it’s a quick read to emphasise good practice and the value of trust and transparency.

The Management thinker we should never have forgotten

Joshua Macht explores a lecture given by Don Berwick, the former head of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  This offers a real insight into the history of quality improvement work with leaders such as Deming and updates to present day management of organisations.

A good article to share with colleagues and see how you can apply the principles articulated to improve your workplace and productivity.

Build it and they will come?

Must admit that the Teresa’s title for the post was the thing that first grabbed my attention. Ticking the box of ‘quote from one of my favourite films’.  Which got me thinking, how we can remember film quotes incorrectly to fit with our vision of the world.  To prove that point here’s the exact film clip for you to check out.

So why is this ramble into the world of film important?  It shows how myths become fact and how we do this with all sorts of examples in health and social media.  Teresa eloquently explores in her post the importance of community, networks and the hard work that goes into building shared purpose.  Deconstructing the modern myth that if you build it – they will come automatically.

We are reviewing The Edge at the moment and welcome your thoughts on content you want to see.  If you would love to get more involved in the Edge community tweet us @theedgenhs.

The Future Is the Connected Organization

How deeply are you connected in your work? This article suggests that it is not about how many “followers” you have, but its quality of your connections that really matters. We can have the whizziest collaborative digital technology in the world, but what really matters is whether your connections will actually take action to help you to achieve what it is you want to achieve. This requires a culture of giving, of voluntary spirit. This article suggests three ways to enhance the ethic of giving. In addition, there is a video of Ted Coine who talks about the future of work and who predicts that crowdsourcing content will be the way of the future – the most successful people will be those that “build a vibrant community that co-creates on a provided platform”.

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