place to live and my town is no different. As a leader in the community I’m
called on often to assist in these efforts.
I’ve helped create strategic plans for not
for profit organizations, volunteered to
endorse political candidates, am president elect of a service club, and so on and
so forth. I need to decide on a few initiatives that are important to me to spend
my time supporting and learn to say “no”
to others or simply write a check!
As I think about simplifying on a very
personal level, I just need to look at my
golf bag. I have 14 clubs and I bet I use
only about eight of them 80% of the
time. Do I need four hybrid clubs when
I invariably use only two all the time? I
could chuck a couple of them. Are both
a sand wedge and a lob wedge needed?
Probably not. That cool #7 fairway wood
that works on the driving range and
never on the golf course can probably be
left at home. Fewer decisions and a less
cluttered mind will probably lower my
And my car is definitely simple compared to today’s automobiles. I purchased it new in 2006; it was ordered to
my specifications from the factory and
is a European convertible sedan. The
lines are clean and one of the things I
love about it is the controls and instruments are simple—only what you need
to monitor the car’s performance, listen
to a little music, and keep warm or cool.
I bought the car for its performance and
when I step on the gas pedal or drive it on
a curvy road I know it’s the car for me. A
couple of years ago the dealer asked me
back to show me the latest models. They
were heavier, slower, and burdened with
a hundred buttons and knobs that didn’t
contribute to the car’s performance.
Needless to say, I’m not trading my convertible any time soon, if ever.
So can I simplify my professional life
and personal life? Probably. I’ve already
started to work on some of the areas I’ve
outlined here and am challenging my
staff to look at the simplest solutions to
issues and problems. But besides resonat-
ing on this aspect of Isaacson’s book on
Jobs, I’m taking a look at focusing more
clearly and engaging in communication
on a face to face to level and less on email.
Gary Boyd is CEO of Mammoth Hospital in Mammoth
Lakes, CA, which is part of the Southern Mono
Healthcare District. Boyd holds a master’s degree in
public health from San Diego University. He has
served AHRA in many capacities, including editor-
in-chief of Radiology Management. Boyd may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.