In his book Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration, Warren Bennis explores the success of such diverse enterprises as the development by Apple of the Macintosh, the engineering mastery at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works of the stealth aircraft, the Manhattan Project that developed the nuclear bomb, and Disney’s creation of animated feature films (e.g., “Snow White”) and found that an adventurous spirit was critical element. Adventure was defined as “risk, jeopardy, a daring feat, encountering a hazardous enterprise.”
Hospital medicine is on no less of an adventure. The prize at the end of the journey is better healthcare for our communities. Hospitalists are the soldiers in this battle. Whether you are the general or the foot soldier, we must all help prevail. SHM will be there to do its part. TH
Dr. Wellikson has been CEO of SHM since 2000.