As I drove my rental car the 140 miles to Orlando for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Annual Forum, I thought about feedback that might help make the next summit that much more spectacular.
My only regret, I thought as I contemplated the flat, straight freeway down eastern coast of the Sunshine State, was that we didn’t have an opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves. Well, I thought, in a group of 3 dozen people, a minute or two each eats up a good chunk of time.
From there, I wondered what I would say if I were asked to introduce myself and explain my passion for addressing burnout—why the topic is so important to me—in as few words as possible.
Then I considered: What if I had to describe my passion in a haiku? Doing so would require that I strip down my explanation to its core to fit within the poetic form of three lines with a 5-7-5 syllable structure.
Then I thought, What if everyone in the room simply said his or her name and recited a simple haiku that spoke to their passion for the topic?
Just as I saw my exit up ahead, a poem emerged fully formed in my head. I voice-activated the recorder on my phone and captured it.
My burnout story
Unleashed a torrent of others
Now I fight for them.
I don’t know that I’ll ever use my haiku in an introduction, but it was an interesting experience in focusing on passion.
More to come in future posts on some really interesting insights from the Summit and the IHI Forum…
Questions to Consider:
Do you have a short explanation for why addressing burnout (or any other issue that plagues our health care system) is important to you? Are you motivated by a particular person or experience?
Can you state it in a haiku?
Are you willing to share it?