Henry Mintzberg writes that management is “learned primarily through experience and rooted in context.”
It’s truly a cruel irony: the only way to learn how to manage is to manage.
No schooling, no seminars, no conferences can prepare a person to manage.
Only a real-life management job of actually managing gives you the necessary skills to successfully manage.
That translates into a lot of starts and stops, luck and learning, and successes and mistakes.
With a bit of failure sprinkled in: missed deadlines, unmet expectations, overwhelming responsibilities, demanding hours, etc., etc., etc.
That’s not even to mention the assholery of bosses, colleagues, and employees.
Sooner or later a certain mix of circumstances will lead to … something: frustration, stress, loss of confidence, anxiety, stress, etc., etc., etc.
I’ve taken to calling these somethings shitty work things. A shitty work thing is just that: a prolonged period of job dissatisfaction stemming from something shitty at work.
Shitty work things are shitty because they get in the way of doing good work—which is the reason we got into healthcare administration to begin with. Being a healthcare administrator is already hard enough. Add a shitty work thing on top and the job can quickly become undoable.
I think shitty work things happen to everyone.
The shitty work things I’m familiar with—friends, employees, me…—were mostly successfully navigated.
But they were painful. Too painful. Difficult to navigate. Hard to get through.
So I created something to help healthcare administrators experiencing a shitty work thing.
Shitty Work Thing for Healthcare Administrators is like a first-aid kit for healthcare administrators braving a shitty work thing. It’s an email subscription of twenty emails over twenty work days crafted to help healthcare administrators focus on the work, tune out the noise, and find a path out.
I’d like to share it with you. You can learn more here.