Valuable advice for rising leaders in the medical field.




A former CEO applies up-to-date management techniques to modern health care.

Cochran (The Doctor Crisis, 2014) was the executive director and CEO of the Permanente Federation from 2007 to 2015. Prior to that, he worked in plastic and reconstructive surgery for 25-plus years and was a Kaiser Permanente board president for the Colorado region. Concerned with physician burnout and the urgent need to adjust care to respond to the information age, he has produced a straightforward, thorough guide to leadership skills and styles. “We need to make health care a learning industry,” he insists, and for medical professionals, that learning must start with the self. “Knowing yourself is very powerful,” he writes, especially because it allows for effective working with people of different social styles. Communication is one of the book’s major themes, with an emphasis on achieving the right tone and an encouragement to rehearse one’s delivery beforehand. Cochran also pinpoints five C’s of leadership: clarity, consistency, collaboration, compassion, and courage. Senior leaders, in particular, need “awareness, humility, and courage,” he asserts. This might all seem daunting, but the author offers a reassurance: “Leaders do not have to go it alone” because they have supportive teams behind them. There are practical tips here for dealing with difficult crowds, developing performance evaluation plans, and getting the most out of feedback and mentoring. Helpfully, Cochran also gives examples from his own professional life, such as how he prepared his staff for the move to a new IT system. In places the volume’s language can seem somewhat jargon-y, like part of the definition of effective leadership: “Persisting in this iterative process to develop shared context and mutual learning.” The repeated use of the adjective “longitudinal” to refer to communication and leadership may be slightly confusing for the uninitiated. A work of half this length might prove more useful for frequent reference. But the content is usefully recapped via “key points” (take-home messages), “voltage drops” (potential pitfalls), and “wicked questions,” which are set apart in text boxes and designated by three different icons.

Valuable advice for rising leaders in the medical field.

Pub Date: Dec. 11, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5445-1127-6

Page Count: 332

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.


A light-speed tour of (mostly) Western poetry, from the 4,000-year-old Gilgamesh to the work of Australian poet Les Murray, who died in 2019.

In the latest entry in the publisher’s Little Histories series, Carey, an emeritus professor at Oxford whose books include What Good Are the Arts? and The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books, offers a quick definition of poetry—“relates to language as music relates to noise. It is language made special”—before diving in to poetry’s vast history. In most chapters, the author deals with only a few writers, but as the narrative progresses, he finds himself forced to deal with far more than a handful. In his chapter on 20th-century political poets, for example, he talks about 14 writers in seven pages. Carey displays a determination to inform us about who the best poets were—and what their best poems were. The word “greatest” appears continually; Chaucer was “the greatest medieval English poet,” and Langston Hughes was “the greatest male poet” of the Harlem Renaissance. For readers who need a refresher—or suggestions for the nightstand—Carey provides the best-known names and the most celebrated poems, including Paradise Lost (about which the author has written extensively), “Kubla Khan,” “Ozymandias,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, which “changed the course of English poetry.” Carey explains some poetic technique (Hopkins’ “sprung rhythm”) and pauses occasionally to provide autobiographical tidbits—e.g., John Masefield, who wrote the famous “Sea Fever,” “hated the sea.” We learn, as well, about the sexuality of some poets (Auden was bisexual), and, especially later on, Carey discusses the demons that drove some of them, Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath among them. Refreshingly, he includes many women in the volume—all the way back to Sappho—and has especially kind words for Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop, who share a chapter.

Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-300-23222-6

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Yale Univ.

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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