Food For Thought

I eat A LOT.

Literally & mentally.  I eat a lot of food throughout the day — mostly fruits, veggies, nuts, hummus, grains (I’ve sort of become a health nut) but that’s another topic for another day.

I also eat a lot of Food 4 Thought.  Over the years I’ve found a few sources of print & audio & video that feed that hunger.  These sources usually have nothing to do (directly) with providing world class service and leadership in long-term care.  BUT … I’ve found that by looking, constantly, outside our industry for the brightest ideas we’ll be able to apply them and improve our profession.  Some of my favorites …

First, the newest discovery: Freakonomics.

Freakonomics Radio
Freakonomics Podcasts

Many of you have probably heard of Freakonomics or evenread the book.  The authors haves a blog on the nytimes and a podcast that I started listening to just a couple weeks ago.  The pack a ton into about 20 minutes … discovering the ‘hidden’ side of all sorts of things.  In fact 2 recent episodes prompted me to start a conversation with my partners at work that I think may lead to huge steps forward for us.

  1. http://freakonomicsradio.com/the-no-lose-lottery.html The No Lose Lottery episode prompted me to encourage our HR team to see if there was something we could apply to instigate more savings among our employees.  Of course we have a 401k like everyone but is there another, cutting-edge option patterned after lottery principles that would be more effective?
  2. http://freakonomicsradio.com/reading-rockets-and-rithmetic.html The Reading Rockets and Rithmetic episode hit a nerve big time for me, in light of my recent post on wanting to dedicate my next 10 years to transforming the industry.  Got me thinking about how to involve many others in a HUGE way.

Second, RadioLab Podcasts.

Radio Lab Podcasts
Radio Lab Podcasts

These guys take on all sorts of issues through a scientific lens.  I’m not a science guy at all.  I hated chemistry.  I lean much more right brained than left.  But, the way they present really captivates.  Here’s a few that I’ve shared with others …

  1. http://www.radiolab.org/2010/feb/19/lucy/ about a Chimpanzee
  2. http://www.radiolab.org/2010/aug/09/ about WORDS
  3. http://www.radiolab.org/2010/apr/05/ about LIMITS (this one was incredibly timely as I had about 15 miles left on a 60mi bike ride when it came on my ipod)

Next, This American Life.

This American Life Podcasts
This American Life Podcasts

This American Life sort of started it all for me.  I needed a companion during my long early morning bike rides as I trained for my 1/2 Ironman in June 2010.  I’d be on rides for anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours before work (hitting the road at 5am).  These podcasts were, and are, gold.  They totally get in my head and prompt new thoughts on work and family issues.

Lastly, TED Talks.  I discovered these a couple years ago and my wife still can’t get over how I can just watch talk after talk on stuff that’s usually way over my head.

TED Talks
TED Talks

Now.  Go.  Eat.

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