I gave a short talk today to the Claremont Rotary club about UNH, HMP, and my personal goals with developing my podcast, Health Leader Forge.
I framed the briefing using this presentation by Michael Porter:
I talked briefly about what I thought the value propositions were for UNH, HMP, and then my own goals of creating Health Leader Forge to try to create my own value proposition. If you skip to slide 16, he presents "Five Tests of a Good Strategy". Those are:
• A unique value proposition compared to other organizations
• A different, tailored value chain
• Clear tradeoffs, and choosing what not to do
• Activities that fit together and reinforce each other
• Strategic continuity with continual improvement in realizing the strategyThe whole presentation is worth reading and thinking about. I also recommend reading his seminal article, The Five Competitive Forces that Shape Strategy.
What I talked about to the Rotarians was how we all need to have a strategy at the organization level, section level, and personal level. That last one may sound a bit odd, but think about it - you don't want to go head to head with people competing with the exact same skills. You want to come up with a way to show other people and other organizations what is unique about you, and why that is uniquely valuable to them. You don't want to try to sell yourself as just like everyone else - that's the surest way to make yourself a commondity and get paid appropriately.
The more I thought about this concept on the two hour drive back from Claremont this afternoon, the more it seemed to extend even further into our lives - beyond careers.
You don't want to live someone else's life - you want to figure out what is unique about you and live that life.
You don't want to compete with other people for the same resources - find your own way.
Be clear about what you are going to do, and what you are not going to do. I'd call this in part drawing boundaries in your life, and it requires jettisoning people and expectations that don't fit with what you are trying to do.
Find synergies in your work, interests, and relationships. Don't create silos - find a way to make the parts of your life reinforce each other, not pull apart.
Don't chase every new idea. Find a unifying theme that is not too narrow, not too broad. I believe that's called "finding yourself". And be true to that self, once you've found him/her.Not sure Porter had this in mind, but I wouldn't be surprised.