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Collaboration Leadership: Our History and Our Future

Posted by Lawrence Kerr on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 @ 05:55 PM

Throughout history, small events have shaped the outcome. As Mohandas Ghandi said:

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."collaboration leadership in healthcare

These small events often require a bit of sacrifice and determination, even though the actions don't appear overly great. However, even the smallest help can turn out to improve the bigger picture. This has been true since the time of Paul Revere, all the way up to modern medicine. Although there may not appear to be a direct connection between the two, there are some striking similarities.

During the unsure days approaching the American Revolution, British troops begin reinforcing their numbers in the Boston harbor. The American revolutionists knew the time was fast approaching to make their stand against the foreign leadership from which they so desperately wanted separation. One cold night, Paul Revere spotted the incoming British soldiers and set out to warn the countryside. He rode all night, informing towns, villages and individuals of the incoming British. This allowed the locals time to prepare themselves for the upcoming battle sure to take place. It was this seemingly small task that helped propel and prepare the Americans, and the collaborative leadership of Paul Revere and the other heads of the continental congress to eventually lead and form the United States of America.

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In the medical field, small additions and ideas of individuals help shape and form modern medicine. An idea to one individual may turn into an inspiration for another, and eventually, after time and hard work, a permanent solution. This collaboration leadership demonstrated between medical professionals is imperative to completing any task at hand.  The small idea that starts as the brain child of one, may eventually be passed off onto another party, in which the idea has time to grow, and with the help of others, become a complete medical theory.  Circling back to revolution from collaboration leadership is this interesting parallel between an idea and its spread.

Of course, it is often difficult to share ideas with similar professionals, as trained medical staff are in such high demand throughout the world. Thankfully, software services are beginning to exist that allow direct sharing of knowledge and help promote the world of collaboration leadership. Tools are available to providers who have medical questions and want collaborate with their colleagues, without sending the patient to venture out all over the country to see other professionals. With the help of modern technology, small steps by individuals are able to add to other ideas, and this collaboration leadership greatly improves the diagnosing and treating a problem.

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