While we're at it, let's do something nice for ol' Mom Earth!
So goes the reasoning of:
• That shake-up-the-status-quo board member, who recently introduced a new green policy proposal
• The image-conscious executive, who just returned from a conference where s/he learned lots of brand-new green buzzwords, and/or
• The hopelessly quixotic department director, who is always leading the charge for the latest in trendy performance improvements.
Is Your Hospital Really Up for This?
However, somewhere in the recesses of your mind, red flags are a-flying and you are wondering: "Whoa! Haven't I seen these starry-eyed behaviors before?" Why, yes, you have.
Remember how excited everyone at the hospital was when each of those messianic gurus and snake-oil-salesmen promised:
“If you will only believe in my one magic secret-to-success, all your problems will disappear.”
Now, focus on these.
• Harken back to the fun you had during implementation of the electronic medical record system.
• Or, better yet, consider this hot potato: Are you still figuring out how to force-fit continuous-production-flow manufacturing methods into custom-work clinical environments?
• Oh! And don't forget the never-ending stream of management-miracles, the flavors-of-the-month.
Ah! You're catching on. Going green involves more than just forming another free-range committee to set out on yet another idealistic journey to do green stuff and perhaps – no, make that probably – waste a lot of scarce resources along the way.
Going green is a major organizational change; it can be as difficult as those other recent whole-house transformation initiatives. Further, if it is truly an important change for your hospital, it can't be dismissed as just another flavor-of-the-month when the going gets tough. Face it now rather than later: The going will get tough!
IN THE NEXT POST: Management? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Management! Oops! Yes We Do.