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John H. Cochran, MD
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John H. Cochran, MD

Executive Director of The Permanente Federation, the national umbrella organization for the regional Permanente Medical Groups, which employ 15,000 physicians who care for 8.6 million Kaiser Permanente members.

Opt for Effectiveness

The chief executive is responsible for doing his own diligence on any appointee, including factors that may limit effectiveness -- because it's not enough to be bright, or even right; you also have to be effective.

President Obama should send this "diligence signal" openly and clearly, and do the essential vetting. The first position he should take is to support his appointee AND be open to active learning by noting new data points.

His final decision will often fall in that conundrum of being right vs. being effective (generating more heat than light) and opt for effectiveness in this political environment.

By John H. Cochran, MD

 |  September 8, 2009; 11:44 AM ET
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Supposedly Jones did not go through the usual vetting process; I'm sure that was part of the problem.

Posted by: tomtildrum | September 9, 2009 1:44 PM
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Good Morning Doctor:

Having worked around physicians for many years, sometimes things happen that are entirely out of your scope. You can do your best and stuff happens, I am sure you have stories about that. Being effective is primary to the physician and the patient, first and foremost. Everything else is secondary but still important.

For President Obama his effectiveness is predicated on the team players that work with or against him. He is brilliant and is trying to be a good leader, but his primary role sometimes can be negated by the support he get's or does not. Have a good day.

Posted by: jakesfriend1 | September 9, 2009 10:50 AM
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