Sheryl Sandberg’s UC Berkeley Commencement Speech

I learned a few years ago about looking for commencement speeches this time of year because some of the best of the best are out there sharing wisdom to our graduates.  See Sheryl Sandberg's 2016 Commencement Speech at UC Berkeley.

I learned about Sheryl Sandberg when she wrote "Lean In."

And then last year, I was moved by her once again when her husband, Dave Goldberg, died of a heart attack while they were vacationing in Mexico with friends.

If you don't know about Sheryl Sandberg, she is the COO of Facebook.  Her husband, Dave, was the CEO of Survey Monkey.  These are two platforms that I use for MyMT.

Interesting timing that I should view this speech yesterday as it fell in my timely lap when I had grown frustrated, once again, by a post by someone on the AHDI Facebook page.  You can view my frustration on the MyMT Facebook page.  I was unable to link it here for your convenience.  It's not that there is anything wrong with noticing what is going on in similar industries around us.  No, that is not my angst.  It is that I have never worked in a more troubled industry than this one and can't get people interested in asking, "What can WE do about the mess this is in?"  The popular discussions are about what is happening TO us.  Poor poor us.

What I like about Sheryl Sandberg is she is transparent, she is real, she shows emotion in her speech; yes, she cries about the loss of her husband.  You just get a "No BS" vibe from her.

At the end of Sheryl's message, she says this.

"My favorite sign at work says, "Nothing at Facebook is someone else's problem." 

I don't want to hear about what a poor shake we all got.  I want leaders to join me in saying, "How do we fix this?"  Don't point me to pretty guidelines and rules that nobody is paying any attention to.  Don't defend what went wrong and why.  No hidden agendas.  No finger pointing.  The big bad doctors.  The big bad EMR.  I don't want to hear it.  I want all the dirt up on the table, an acknowledgement to our workers, PR repair, no political speak.  Real people talking about and REALLY doing something about real problems.

I want to be part of a mission that says,

"The medical transcription problems are the medical transcription industry's problems.  What are we going to do about?"

I'm on board for that movement.

Comments?  I am not interested in hearing about all the great things we are doing.  We are sucking at it.  When are we going to get off that position that all is well and we have all things properly in place.  Just, poor us.

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