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New Job Market in Healthcare Consulting and Administration

An aging population and monumental changes to the health care industry as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is implemented create vast career opportunities in the medical field. As more people become eligible for medical care, the structure of medical delivery systems is likely to change.

Healthcare administrators are responsible for coordinating all aspects of a medical provider’s business. Whether the business is a full-service hospital or a single doctor in private practice, the administrator is responsible for the day-to-day functions of the business. Most health care administrators today organize the daily operations of a business using one of three common organizational theories.

The oldest and most common is bureaucratic theory. This organizational theory has a hierarchical structure. There is one leader at the top of the business who makes all decisions. These decisions are funneled down through successive layers of employees through layers of managers. Low-level employees have little contact or meaningful interaction with the decision makers at the top of the organization.

Scientific management relies on data in making all key decisions. Allocation of resources, staffing numbers and other decisions are based on factual information. The scientific management theory breaks down all information into quantifiable data. This includes employee evaluations, which are based on objective information like days absent or number of clients processed. There may be more authority distributed to lower ranking employees, but decisions are only based on hard data.

Patient-centered care is nearly the polar opposite of scientific management. Under this theory, it is believed that prioritizing high-quality patient care will benefit the organization. By providing superior customer service and care to patients, the organization will financially benefit. This organizational theory allows a great deal of autonomy for staff members, who are encouraged to collaborate across departments and specialties. Patient-centered care relies on feedback from patients as well as factual information to determine success.

With so much change likely to occur in health care, any organization will need to become flexible in order to survive and prosper. There are already a multitude of laws and regulations that govern all aspects of health care, and the number of regulations is likely to grow as time passes. Employees who specialize in understanding and implementing rules will be critical for future success. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts rapid growth in the health care field which means an education in a medical field, such as the kinds offered at www.sanfordbrown.edu, will be increasingly lucrative.

This is a guest blog by Jenna Smith. Jenna is an online writer who has been writing about business, finance, and education for quite some time. Jenna is usually writing about topics like investing money or even getting your degree online from programs like ones at www.sanfordbrown.edu. You can also read more personal finance writing by Jenna at paidtwice.com

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Authenticity and the Law of Attraction

Is it possible to be authentic while simultaneously utilizing the law of attraction as we’ve come to understand it? I don’t think so. For that law of attraction tells us we must consistently think so-called “positive” thoughts SO THAT we can attract our dreams—dreams of wealth, free time and romance. In other words, it tells us to bargain with the universe like this: IF I think positive, work my affirmations, and my vision boards, THEN the universe will give me what I want. Do we really imagine that the universe needs our puny little bargains? But it IS possible to be authentic and simultaneously utilize the tenets of the new revised version of the law of attraction—for that one does not encourage us to have a bargaining relationship with the divine or with the universe. That one is the one that the ancient sacred texts from several different religions tell us about. That one brings us to conscious awareness of who we really are. Want to know more? Don’t miss this show.

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Authenticity and the Law of Attraction

Is it possible to be authentic while simultaneously utilizing the law of attraction as we’ve come to understand it? I don’t think so. For that law of attraction tells us we must consistently think so-called “positive” thoughts SO THAT we can attract our dreams—dreams of wealth, free time and romance. In other words, it tells us to bargain with the universe like this: IF I think positive, work my affirmations, and my vision boards, THEN the universe will give me what I want. Do we really imagine that the universe needs our puny little bargains? But it IS possible to be authentic and simultaneously utilize the tenets of the new revised version of the law of attraction—for that one does not encourage us to have a bargaining relationship with the divine or with the universe. That one is the one that the ancient sacred texts from several different religions tell us about. That one brings us to conscious awareness of who we really are. Want to know more? Don’t miss this show.

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Career Lessons From The Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women Rankings

This post originally appears in my Work In Progress blog for Forbes.com b/c yes, you can glean great career coaching advice, career management success tips, even job search inspiration from these elite ranking women, even if you have a less high-profile career.

With two daughters it’s reassuring to be able to show them so many interesting examples of women being feted for power and influence. I’m also a sucker for biographies, so to get a snippet of so many in one place is personal fun. But sometimes you look at a list like the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2012 and wonder if this applies to the rest of us who are managing less high-profile careers on a daily basis. Here are three career lessons anyone can take away from this year’s rankings:

 

 

Your own personal efforts trump external conditions

 

The range of industries, geographies, functional roles and demographics represented makes it clear that there is a way to make an impact in a variety of conditions. As a career coach, I often hear people lament their external circumstances as keeping them from success – not the right industry, market is too difficult. This isn’t true as demonstrated by the eclectic stories of the Superstar Women To Watch or Women Changing The World.

 

 

There is no prescribed timetable for success

 

There are young breakout stars, such as 26-year old creator of HBO’s Girls, Lena Dunham, and career veterans, such as the top three on this year’s list, Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, and Dilma Rousseff, all of whom have decades of experience. Another popular lament I hear as a career coach is I’m too old or I’m too young. Just like personal efforts supersede market conditions, there is no one timetable for how success unfolds. Personal efforts supersede personal characteristics.

 

 

You have to put yourself out there

 

There are some extreme examples of putting yourself out there, such as Fawzia Koofi who is running for President of Afghanistan despite threats from the Taliban. This might seem superhuman to the everyday person but it shouldn’t discourage you from drawing attention to yourself and your accomplishments. There are numerous examples in the list of women given executive positions because their past accomplishments were noticed or given media prominence because they spoke up in some way. These women were not just discovered toiling away in a cubicle – they were putting themselves out there.

 

 

So put yourself out there. Don’t think it’s too late or too early to make an impact. Focus on what you can do within your circumstances, rather than wait for ideal conditions. Even if your goal isn’t to make next year’s Forbes list, you will move in a positive direction for your career goals.

 

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Finding your Voice

What does your voice sound like to you? What do you hear when you speak, or are you even listening? There is so much hype out there right now about “being you,” but most of us think that that means wearing the kind of clothes you like to wear and getting a tat to assert your individuality. But who speaks when you talk? Is it really you, or is there some other identity in there who speaks when you talk? Do you have a strong assertive voice in some situations and a weak frightened voice in others? Do you wonder if people even hear you when you talk? And when you talk, do people often seem to find difficulty understanding what you mean? Do you find that people either dismiss what you say or even avoid listening to you at all? Finding our own voice is essential to coming into the body of our own authenticity. But how do we do it? This show is going to tell you how. Don’t miss it.

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Authentic Relationships

Relationships are the singular most powerful, potent and potentially life changing experiences we can have—and not just those primary relationships such as spouses or partners. All of our relationships have the power to offer us potent information, and the potential to change our lives. In fact, we have a relationship with everything else in our lives: with time, with objects, with our emotions, with our thoughts, and yes, with other people. How do we turn these relationships into authentic relationships? How does one have an authentic relationship with time? And how can we develop an authentic relationship with that spouse or partner. This show is going to answer those questions. So, tune in. You don’t want to miss it.

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Finding your Voice

What does your voice sound like to you? What do you hear when you speak, or are you even listening? There is so much hype out there right now about “being you,” but most of us think that that means wearing the kind of clothes you like to wear and getting a tat to assert your individuality. But who speaks when you talk? Is it really you, or is there some other identity in there who speaks when you talk? Do you have a strong assertive voice in some situations and a weak frightened voice in others? Do you wonder if people even hear you when you talk? And when you talk, do people often seem to find difficulty understanding what you mean? Do you find that people either dismiss what you say or even avoid listening to you at all? Finding our own voice is essential to coming into the body of our own authenticity. But how do we do it? This show is going to tell you how. Don’t miss it.

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Finding your Voice

What does your voice sound like to you? What do you hear when you speak, or are you even listening? There is so much hype out there right now about “being you,” but most of us think that that means wearing the kind of clothes you like to wear and getting a tat to assert your individuality. But who speaks when you talk? Is it really you, or is there some other identity in there who speaks when you talk? Do you have a strong assertive voice in some situations and a weak frightened voice in others? Do you wonder if people even hear you when you talk? And when you talk, do people often seem to find difficulty understanding what you mean? Do you find that people either dismiss what you say or even avoid listening to you at all? Finding our own voice is essential to coming into the body of our own authenticity. But how do we do it? This show is going to tell you how. Don’t miss it.

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Finding your Voice

What does your voice sound like to you? What do you hear when you speak, or are you even listening? There is so much hype out there right now about “being you,” but most of us think that that means wearing the kind of clothes you like to wear and getting a tat to assert your individuality. But who speaks when you talk? Is it really you, or is there some other identity in there who speaks when you talk? Do you have a strong assertive voice in some situations and a weak frightened voice in others? Do you wonder if people even hear you when you talk? And when you talk, do people often seem to find difficulty understanding what you mean? Do you find that people either dismiss what you say or even avoid listening to you at all? Finding our own voice is essential to coming into the body of our own authenticity. But how do we do it? This show is going to tell you how. Don’t miss it.

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Finding your Voice

What does your voice sound like to you? What do you hear when you speak, or are you even listening? There is so much hype out there right now about “being you,” but most of us think that that means wearing the kind of clothes you like to wear and getting a tat to assert your individuality. But who speaks when you talk? Is it really you, or is there some other identity in there who speaks when you talk? Do you have a strong assertive voice in some situations and a weak frightened voice in others? Do you wonder if people even hear you when you talk? And when you talk, do people often seem to find difficulty understanding what you mean? Do you find that people either dismiss what you say or even avoid listening to you at all? Finding our own voice is essential to coming into the body of our own authenticity. But how do we do it? This show is going to tell you how. Don’t miss it.