Gain – it’s not just a laundry detergent

I have been feeling negligent.  To myself, to the technology industry and more.  I have not written a blog post in a few weeks and I feel negligent about it.

March disappGaineared very quickly for me and I am sure that many of you can relate.  For me, it started with the HIMSS conference in New Orleans.  Balancing a week of decadent food (I know get the world smallest violin for me), meeting with clients non-stop, as well as keep up with the barrage of daily emails and demands of clients.  It is very challenging.  So as I returned back home, I already felt behind.  I intended to write a blog on HIMSS and some of the great insights and new technology available to address the challenges of the healthcare industry.  That blog didn’t happen.

This is not the first time I have lamented about feeling behind.  There is a road paved with the best intentions.  Hope I am avoiding that road!

A smart man and friend of mine Steve McClatchy ( in his Personal and Time Management seminar, prioritizes activities into those that you have the most to gain from (and really don’t have to do) and those that prevent pain.  Like any good ibuprofen I have been just preventing pain and not focused where I can gain the most. Leadership is a result of doing those things that you can gain the most – where you are improving things.

Steve uses the movie quote “It is our choices, Harry, that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

So as a lamented that I didn’t write the blog on HIMSS, I came to realize that the more important message is to remind myself and others that we need to focus on the “Gain” activities in our personal and professional lives.

  • I HAVE to sign and write the tax checks;
  • I HAVE to close the books for the month of March (and January and February too!)
  • I HAVE to fill out paperwork for a clients electronic contracting system

But I will GAIN more by taking the time and writing my blog and communicating more with my peers, the industry and my clients.  I will GAIN more by volunteering as a coach and supporting local athletics.  I will GAIN more by personally keeping in touch with the people who are important to me and my business.  Where can you GAIN the most?

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