Leverage is about getting the highest output from a given input.
I believe ‘leverage’ should be the mantra of the leader of any organisation, and I think we should constantly challenge ourselves to see if we are getting the maximum leverage possible.
A couple of years ago I was wondering how I could impact the maximum possible change on the world. My initial thoughts were, “You’re doing enough through the companies you run, it’s all good.”
And this satisfied me, for a while.
I kept pondering it, and at one point my musing got me thinking that if I could impact the wellbeing of every doctor on the planet, then that would impact the life of every person on earth.
Great! Now how to do it?
The Declaration of Geneva is our modern day Hippocratic Oath; it sets out the values that doctors must live by. It is an honourable thing, but it is not comprehensive but it says nothing of doctor wellbeing.
I had my answer! If I could help cause an amendment to the Declaration of Geneva to formally acknowledge doctor wellbeing, then our profession would have to take notice, and over time we wold become a better profession, delivering better healthcare, and that would positively impact the life of every person on earth.
I researched, I started a petition, I campaigned, and I was invited to speak to the World Medical Association at their General Assembly in Taiwan recently.
And they are currently reviewing the Declaration of Geneva considering this amendment.
Think big. Think leverage. Then challenge yourself to think bigger.
We can all change the world.
I run a course called Board of Directors. Business owners join me for two days every three months and we go deep on their businesses, and their own personal psychology.
Recently we got some HR people in to help us improve our professional development program at MedRecruit.
People often talk about the impact they want to have… In the future.
After a crisis, most people aim to get back to the state they were in before the crisis.
Recently the World Medical Association ratified a change to the Declaration of Geneva, the modern-day Hippocratic Oath, the value-set of doctors worldwide, to include the health and wellbeing of doctors.
I was recently speaking to a group of corporates.
And I had to smile.
I speak to a lot of groups of people AND Purpose is something that I’m big on, and it invariably leads to someone asking the question, “I don’t know what I want to do. What should I do?”
“When is it giving up, and when is it changing direction?” is a question I get asked a lot.
Some people like beer.
Some people like wine.
Recently I was fortunate to attend a good friend of mine’s wedding in Bali. He’s a partner at a well-known law firm in Singapore, and many of the attendees were merchant bankers, venture capitalists and other people in the finance space.