Lead from the front

“When an organization or an individual experiences success in any manner, it may be difficult to alter the path we have been following.”
I could see this being true, but only for people who have that one success as the end goal. Some people aspire for more, some people aspire for better.
“Successful leadership is not just about the leader; it is about the team. Leaders must constantly find new solutions to the problems.”
This sounds like a quote from Phil Jackson. The team is the number one priority and the star athlete has to figure out how to fit into the team. The leader’s job is to ensure that the team can play together, and play at a high-level together. In order for leaders to constantly find new solutions to the problems, the leaders have to have an open point of view in order to see the problems. I have seen many who simply stick their head in the sand and ignore that the problem exists. In order to fix problems though, things will have to change. It’s obvious that should there be no change there will be no solution to the problem. This change will cause stress to the dynamics of the team, and the team must be able to handle that stress effectively and efficiently in order to maintain that high level of productivity.
“But leaders should not be afraid to erase the chalkboard sometimes and start from scratch”
Every system has flaws. Every system can be improved. Sometimes the flaws in the system are fatal. When this occurs the entire system needs to be scratched. I don’t know if a leader though can see this. These types of issues need the 20,000 foot view in order to see the big picture. When one is so close to the problem that they are in the problem, I do not believe that that person can actually see the problem.
Excerpts taken from:

Gregersen H. Leadership: When was the last time you asked, “Why are we doing it this way?”. IMPACT. June 2016:57.

Author: Dr. Vince Gutierrez, PT, cert. MDT

After having dedicated 8 years to growing my knowledge regarding the profession of physical therapy, it seems only fitting that I join the social media world in order to spread a little of the knowledge that I have gained over the years. This by no means is meant to act in place of a one-one medical consultation, but only to supplement your baseline knowledge in which to choose a practitioner for your problem. Having completed a Master of Physical Therapy degree, the MDT (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy) certification and currently finishing a post-graduate doctorate degree, I have spent the previous 12 years in some sort of post-baccalalaureate study. Hopefully the reader finds the information insightful and uses the information in order to make more informed healthcare decisions. MISSION STATEMENT: My personal mission statement is as follows: As a professional, I will provide a thorough assessment of your clinical presentation and symptoms in order to determine both the provocative and relieving positions and movements. The assessment process and ensuing treatment will be based on current and relevant evidence. Furthermore, I will educate the patients regarding their symptoms and their likelihood of improving with either skilled therapy, an independent exercise program, spontaneous recovery or if the patient should be referred to a separate specialist to possibly provide a more rapid resolution of symptoms. Respecting the patient’s limited resources is important and I will provide an accurate overview of the prognosis within 7 visits, again based on current research. My goal is to empower the patient in order to take charge of both the symptomatic resolution and return to full function with as little dependence on the therapist as possible. Personally, I strive to be an example for family and friends. My goal is to demonstrate that success is not a byproduct of situations, but a series of choices and actions. I will mentor those, in any way possible, that are having difficulty with the choices and actions for success. I will continue to honor my family’s “blue-collar” roots by working to excel at my chosen career and life situations. I choose to be a leader of example, and not words, all the while reducing negativity in my life. I began working towards the professional aspect of the mission statement while still in physical therapy school. By choosing an internship that emphasized patient care and empowering the patient, instead of the internship that was either closest to home or where I knew that I would have the easiest road to graduation, I took the first step towards learning how to utilize the evidence to teach patients how to reduce their symptoms. I continued this process by completing Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy courses A-D and passing the credentialing exam. I will continue to pursue my clinical education through CEU’s on MDT and my goal is to obtain the status of Diplomat of MDT. Returning back to school for the t-DPT was a major decision for me, as resources (i.e. time and money) are limited. My choice was between saving money for the Dip MDT course (about 15,000 dollars) and continuing on with the Fellowship of American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) (about 5,000 dollars), as these courses are paired through the MDT curriculum or returning to school to work towards a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. I initially planned on saving for the Dip MDT and FAAOMPT, but life changes forced me to re-evaluate my situation. The decision then changed to return for the tDPT, as my employer paid for a portion of the DPT program. My goal for applying to and finishing the Dip MDT and FAAOMPT is 10 years. This is how long I anticipate that it will take to finish paying student loans and save for both programs, based on the current rate of payment. I don’t know if I will ever accomplish what I set forth in the mission statement, but I do know that it will be a forever struggle to maintain this standard that I set for myself.

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