Category Archives: Professionalism

Follow Your Curiosity


Following your curiosity can change the course of a career.

– Dr. Mark Katlic
Chief, Sinai Hospital’s Department of Surgery
Director, Center for Geriatric Surgery

“The population is aging; it’s really a silver tsunami. This is the greatest force affecting health care and our society as a whole. Old is everywhere! And the frequency of almost all conditions — hernias, cancers, joint and heart diseases, prostate problems — increases with age,” said Dr. Katlic. “We’re going to run out of surgeons who are trained to operate on these older patients. The time was right to open the center.”

You can read more about this awesome doctor on the Baltimore Jewish Times.

He is not only a brilliant physician but quite the business innovator as well. This guy is definitely going on my list as one of my inspiring people.

Thoughts from my Journal: Part 2

A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.

Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.

Change requires knowledge. Improvement requires wisdom.

Choose your own direction – rather than climb on the bandwagon.

Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people.

Consumers are statistics. Customers are people.

Correction can help but encouragement can help far more.

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.

Don’t be discouraged; it maybe the last key in the bunch that opens the door.

Don’t just anticipate your customer’s future needs. Create them.

Employees don’t resist change, they resist being changed.

First, there is the law. It must be obeyed. But the law is the minimum. You must act ethically.

If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.

If your going through hell, keep going.

In character, in manner, in style, the supreme excellence is simplicity.

In life, change is inevitable. In business, change is vital.

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.

It is the service that we are not obliged to give, that people value the most.

Machines should work, people should think.

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.

Patience is passion tamed.

Right actions for the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.

The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.

The hardest thing about facts is facing them.

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

There is no excellence uncoupled with difficulties.

This the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best and take what comes.

To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often.

We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.

You have to have your heart in the business and the business in you heart.

Professionalism From My Perspective

I got the disease called professionalism at a very early age. Unfortunately, I think, it’s hereditary.

Below are some of the symptoms, you probably have it, too:

  1. Have ammunition ready, in other words come prepared.
  2. Word of Honor: Also means having integrity by doing what you say and saying what you mean.
  3. Takes feedback, regardless of delivery, constructively.
  4. Has team spirit.
  5. Outbursts of anger is not being authoritative, it’s just being a nuisance and eventually a hindrance to productivity.
  6. Power play is unacceptable. Don’t raise your voice, improve you argument.
  7. Shows competency and know-how in their fields of expertise
  8. Strives, hones and sharpens current skill sets
  9. Tardiness is never an excuse. It translates to disrespect.
  10. The mind is set on finding solutions.
  11. The workplace is no place for moodiness and tantrums. You’re not the only one experiencing a bad day, don’t bring it to work.
  12. The workplace is not a place to be cajoled or sweet talked into rendering deliverables.

Personally, I cannot work with people who are moody at work. Who are easily rattled and stressed by demands, deadlines and work load. Attitudes and personalities such as these take a toll on productivity.

I look forward to working with individuals who are keen on improving themselves and don’t simmer in self pity and senseless gossip. But instead are self-motivated, because their example also brings fire and drive to what I do. I like to be around these kinds of individuals and, likewise, I want to attract the same kind of people with the same mindset: productivity.