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Can you imagine?
Having a new baby, and a few weeks after birth they appear to pick up a cold. Their health declines and after weeks and two doctor’s visits, the baby is so sick that you take them to the emergency room. The doctors try to figure out what is causing their low oxygen levels and place them in an oxygen tent. Two days later after a battery of tests, you find out that they have a genetic disease and are told that hopefully, your baby will live long enough to make it into their mid-teens.
Can you imagine?
Your child almost dying at the age of six weeks, the ambulance driving them to the nearest children's hospital. Upon arrival, the doctors work feverishly to stabilize your baby. Hours later he is transferred to the NIC, and has tubes everywhere. This was the story of our infant son. The doctors tell my wife and I to get some sleep, saying our son will have the best care possible that night. At 3 am the phone rings, a nurse at the NIC unit wants to advise us that our son is working too hard to breathe and they need our permission to put him on a ventilator (approval granted). Gradually over the next week his vital signs improve. He is moved out of the NIC and transferred to a private room for another couple of weeks. The children’s hospital trains us on how to administer his daily physical treatments, as well as his required diet and gives us the first round of meds that he will need to take for every snack and meal for the rest of his life.
Can you imagine?
Every single day, doing 2-4 physical treatments, each consuming approximately twenty minutes, plus a special diet along with taking meds before every snack and meal. Over his first three years of life, he would be hospitalized four times with pneumonia. Nurses at the children's hospital were always professional, regimented, and very understanding. I still don't know how they stay composed. During a couple of those stays, a child in the same or nearby room didn't make it back home.
Can you imagine?
Over the next eight years, he has many close calls with being hospitalized for pneumonia. In the late nineties, a new drug came out in yet another clinical trial (getting those approved is another story). However, this drug was different; we began to see improvements in our son's health. After the drug was approved by the FDA, our son began taking it whenever his health declined. It always improved his health within a couple of weeks. Over the next four or five years he began to take the drug every other month. During this time, a machine also became available that rapidly oscillated air in a chest vest that performed the airway clearance vs doing manual percussions. When he was thirteen or fourteen, we were fortunate to go on a trip to a remote part of British Columbia. We stayed at a cabin, where there was no running water or electricity. The cabin owners supplied us with a generator for his “Vest” that we used twice a day for his physical treatments. Any trip regardless of distance or duration from home required advanced planning for meds (24+ pills a day), physical treatments, cleaning of nebulizers and special diet.
Before we knew it, he was in high school, became active in sports, and remained incredibly healthy! Next was college, something we never thought possible, and then he met and married his college sweetie in 2011. In 2012, a new drug was approved that treated the fundamental cause of people with his mutation. It was amazing. A whole new world of possibilities and opportunities were unveiled. Over the next five years he remained healthy and was able to limit his treatments to when he caught a cold or flu.
Can you imagine?
This new wonder drug only helps 4 out of 100 patients with Cystic Fibrosis. As another CF parent recently said, "If there were a hundred people trapped in a coal mine and four were rescued, we all rejoice for them, but 96 are still trapped."
When a child with Cystic Fibrosis is born, the parents and all the siblings unwittingly join a club where they never intended to belong. The families become consumed by the healthcare requirements, physical treatments, and dietary needs. Many also engage in fundraising projects/events to try to help extend the lives of their loved ones. The regiment that the family is constantly on, makes it very difficult to find time to just enjoy life.
How CF might affect your family.
One in twenty people are carriers of the cystic fibrosis gene and carriers have NO symptoms. There were no clues in my wife’s or my family histories pointing to this genetic disease. Like me, you might be a carrier or your children might be carriers. When two carriers have a child, there is a 25% chance that the child will be born will CF and a 50% chance the child will be a carrier.
In 2018, you can change the lives of those yet to be born with CF and those living with CF.
Too many lives have already passed, but with each event and activity, hope increases that the other 96% will escape. My family and I continue to be involved. Over the years, we have had the pleasure to work alongside many people who have helped with “adding tomorrows”. Please join the fight to someday let those with Cystic Fibrosis say, "I used to have CF."
If you are interested in changing lives and would like to learn more about ways people can help please click the “GET INVOLVED” link (just below the search box) on the CFF website. You will be amazed at the number of ways volunteers can help with adding tomorrows.
If you live in Indiana, I would be happy to speak with you about becoming involved. Please feel free to contact me at 765.391.3000 or bruce@FEXasaS.com. If you live outside of Indiana, I encourage you to reach out to your local chapter to learn about what they need. Volunteers are always welcome and the events are fun. We also need people who want to develop or already have leadership skills!
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THE RISE OF FRACTIONAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES
In today’s world, many businesses are stressed by the yelpification of their services and the glassdoorification of their salaries, benefits, and leadership styles. Many are also faced with unprecedented pressures to transform their businesses, to prepare for new disruptive competitors, or existing competitors gaining capabilities. These issues are further complicated by rapidly evolving digital technologies and the coming of AI.
As we enter 2017, hiring the best and the brightest has become a necessity to ensure viability. Competitive pressures are also being complicated by shortages of highly skilled individuals. In 2017, training programs will be more critical than ever, but salaries must be reviewed and adjusted, as new skills are mastered. Employers must also maintain a healthy work/life balance to prevent the malaise and discontent that develops when turnover rates become too high.
The days of employer/employee loyalty have long since passed. Today if we see a resume where an employee has stayed at a company for more than five years, we must ascertain if the candidate was advancing, or it might be a red flag. Many of us have also seen resumes where candidates change jobs as frequently as automobiles are traded.
Businesses need to tap into broad-based knowledge and skills using an On-demand model. This would help drive innovation, and facilitate revenue growth, while maintaining lean principles. Managers at all levels have a difficult time focusing and allocating enough attention to assigned tasks, let alone new ones that pop up. Valuable tasks must be automated whenever possible. Eventually, even the best and brightest may become overwhelmed, but not want to admit it.
Fractional managers have proven expertise and can serve as a trusted advisor to help businesses navigate short-term challenges. Fractional managers can assist companies in developing key players, balancing workloads when growth accelerates, or as big projects launch. They can also provide valuable skills in areas where they might be lacking or still developing.
Temporarily filling a vacant position when a manager unexpectedly gives notice can also be a healthy way to transition roles and discern if any changes might improve productivity. This interim approach also alleviates the inherent desire to fill a management vacancy rapidly. Interim managers can also assist with the transition by augmenting knowledge as needed. Once fractional managers are integrated, they can provide strategic input when others are too busy to brainstorm. Fractional managers can assist when a full-time position is not yet warranted.
The profile of a fractional manager is someone who prides themselves on being knowledgeable on a broad array of topics and is skilled at researching, comparing, selecting, implementing, and measuring. It is something that might be wired in their DNA. They thoroughly enjoy learning and consolidating information from multiple perspectives, and then balancing it with known outcomes to expand their depth and breadth of knowledge.
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