Typhoon Yolanda: A Nail-Biting Escape!

Typhoon Yolanda: A Nail-Biting Escape!

First thing this morning, Kelly (the IMC Logistics Specialist) and I headed over to the EVMRC (Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center) so I could introduce him to the Department of Health logistics folks. They were so well organized that despite working without any lights, they had inventoried all of their supplies and put it in an Excel spreadsheet. That may seem like to big deal but the supplies were in individual bottles overflowing from cardboard boxes stacked all around the dark rooms. The counts had to be done by flashlight even during the daytime. Kelly was able to copy it on a thumb drive. It was impressive! In the midst of all of this, the people that had lost so much were still striving for excellence and giving their all. It is so powerful and life changing to see people who realize that, despite their tremendous loss, they have the power to make a difference and the passion to put other people first.

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How to Kill Problem Solving Before It Begins

How to Kill Problem Solving Before It Begins

I hate tailgating. I’m not talking about the type of tailgating that occasionally happens when someone isn’t paying attention; I’m talking about deliberate tailgating. The kind where you can’t even see the headlights of the person behind you. Slamming on the brakes isn’t an option. They are so that if you touch the brakes they will end up in your back seat! Then they start flashing their lights (like you could see them) and blasting their horn! Have you ever had one of these knuckleheads on your tail? How do you usually respond? Do you get angry? Do you “flip them off” or just give them the evil eye as they pass by? If you had your way, what do you think should be done to these folks?

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Changing the World with Pillow Cases

Changing the World with Pillow Cases

Under extreme pressure or when disaster strikes, some people disengage and become bystanders. You've probably experienced this at work and maybe even at home. I've done it and perhaps you have as well. It is the easiest course but it results in absolutely no legacy. Life becomes blah. You have to roll up your sleeves, lean forward and get involved if you want to make a difference where you are (or perhaps clear across the world). That is exactly what a group of women from Bellevue, WA have done. They are part of a worldwide movement called "Dress a Girl Around the World". Lucille Langeman rallied a bunch of her friends to make dresses for the girls in Africa sponsored by Children of the Nations

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Resilience: The Power of Target Fixation

Resilience: The Power of Target Fixation

Here's a behind the scenes look at what it takes to find significance under pressure. The frontline concepts presented have been forged out of some of the greatest disasters of our times and they will equip you to face the challenges in your own life. Learn the principle of "Target Fixation" and how you can apply it to your relationships and your life. Find out one simple, easy-to-do technique that you can start today that will profoundly impact you for months to come (even if you only do it for a week!). And it won't cost you anything (how often do you hear that from a physician!). 

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How an ER Doctor that Survived Joplin, MO

How an ER Doctor that Survived Joplin, MO

This is an amazing report from one of the physicians that was on duty on May 22, 2011 in the Emergency Department at St. John's Regional Medical Center. I've posted it here in its entirety because it is so well written and will open your eyes to what it is like to be on the ground, in the trenches during one of these disasters. He or she did an outstanding job of becoming part of the solution despite dire circumstances. Some of the key things to note when you read this memoir include:

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