India’s Secret to Low-Cost Health Care

India’s Secret to Low-Cost Health Care

by Vijay Govindarajan and Ravi Ramamurti  |   10:00 AM October 15, 2013

A renowned Indian heart surgeon is currently building a 2,000-bed, internationally accredited “health city” in the Cayman Islands, a short flight from the U.S. Its services will include tertiary care procedures, such as open-heart surgery, angioplasty, knee or hip replacement, and neurosurgery for about 40% of U.S. prices. Patients will have the option of recuperating for a week or two in the Caymans before returning to the U.S. At a time when health care costs in the United States threaten to bankrupt the federal government, U.S. hospitals would do well to take a leaf or two from the book of Indian doctors and hospitals that are treating problems of the eye, heart, and kidney all the way to maternity care, orthopedics, and cancer for less than 5% to 10% of U.S. costs by using practices commonly associated with mass production and lean production.

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5 Powerful Tips For Getting More Done Every Day: Believe In What You Do. What happens when you see your work as a calling, not just a job that pays the bills? You are more thorough, engaged — and happier.

5 Powerful Tips For Getting More Done Every Day


Tomorrow (n.): A mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation, and achievement is stored.

1) Know When You’re At Your Best

And plan accordingly. To be a productivity ninja focus less on time management, and more on managing your energy.  Charlie Munger, Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, used a system like this to make sure he was always growing. He identified the hours when he was at his best — and then routinely stole one of those peak hours for learning.

Via The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen:

Charlie Munger hit upon one strategy when he was a young lawyer. He decided that whenever his legal work was not as intellectually stimulating as he’d like, “I would sell the best hour of the day to myself.” He would take otherwise billable time at the peak of his day and dedicate it to his own thinking and learning. “And only after improving my mind — only after I’d used my best hour improving myself — would I sell my time to my professional clients.” Are you a morning lark? A night owl? Tired after lunch? Best after a nap? Track Read more of this post

How the Precious Orchid Got So Cheap: Taiwan’s Efficient Growers, Who Copied Tech Industry, Bemoan Days When a Flower Fetched $100,000

How the Precious Orchid Got So Cheap

Taiwan’s Efficient Growers, Who Copied Tech Industry, Bemoan Days When a Flower Fetched $100,000


Oct. 16, 2013 7:36 p.m. ET


Taiwan has refined the breeding of orchids into a mass-production business. Most growers handle one step in the process, such as cloning orchids through tissue culture, pictured. Leanne Huang for The Wall Street Journal

WUSHU VILLAGE, Taiwan—A custard-yellow orchid dubbed P. Golden Emperor ‘Sweet’ changed hands between Taiwan breeders in 1978 for $100,000. Now, orchids roll out of greenhouses in Taiwan and onto the shelves of big-box retailers like Lowe’s for as little as $5.48. As with flat-panel televisions and laptop computers, the once-rare orchid has become a mass-market commodity. Orchids now are the best-selling potted flower in the U.S., with annual sales exceeding the poinsettia, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Behind the shift are the entrepreneurs of Taiwan, who have brought to orchid-breeding the energy and methods applied to making consumer electronics. Read more of this post

National Geographic Asked Fans To Submit Their Best Travel Pictures And Got Some Amazing Results

National Geographic Asked Fans To Submit Their Best Travel Pictures And Got Some Amazing Results

MEGAN WILLETT OCT. 16, 2013, 5:53 PM 33,186 2

For 125 years, National Geographic has been photographing our sublime planet, bringing what few humans have witnessed into the average American living room. To celebrate its anniversary and encourage photographers to see the world through the lens, National Georgaphic launched a photo-sharing platform called Your Shot. Led by the magazine’s star photographer Cory Richards and his magazine photo editor Sadie Quarrier, the project asks photographers to submit three images “that convey how photography can help us explore our changing world.”  Richards and Quarrier will also provide tips and feedback for all those who participate, and their favorite photograph will be selected to appear in a future issue of the magazine. In order to participate, photogs must join the Your Shot community and submit photos by October 22nd. To learn more about submitting your photos and the competition, click here.


This photograph proves patience is a photographer’s virtue. “While photographing lilies in a local swamp, a cloud of tadpoles swam by numbering in the thousands, all following along in a trail.” Read more of this post

TED talks are lying to you. The creative class has never been more screwed. Books about creativity have never been more popular. What gives?

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TED talks are lying to you

The creative class has never been more screwed. Books about creativity have never been more popular. What gives?


The writer had a problem. Books he read and people he knew had been warning him that the nation and maybe mankind itself had wandered into a sort of creativity doldrums. Economic growth was slackening. The Internet revolution was less awesome than we had anticipated, and the forward march of innovation, once a cultural constant, had slowed to a crawl. One of the few fields in which we generated lots of novelties — financial engineering — had come back to bite us. And in other departments, we actually seemed to be going backward. You could no longer take a supersonic airliner across the Atlantic, for example, and sending astronauts to the moon had become either fiscally insupportable or just passé. Read more of this post

The 10 Best Pointy-Haired Boss Moments From ‘Dilbert’

The 10 Best Pointy-Haired Boss Moments From ‘Dilbert’

JENNA GOUDREAU OCT. 16, 2013, 9:59 AM 107,665 3

In over two decades of the popular office-centered comic strip Dilbert, the Pointy-Haired Boss has epitomized the idiocies of middle management. He manages by slogan, doesn’t understand what his employees do, and has meetings to discuss the productivity of meetings. The uselessness of management is one of the major themes of Dilbert, Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert and author of new book “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big,” tells Business Insider. “If you’ve ever had a boss, this probably hits home for you.”
For National Boss Day, Adams searched the archives of and chose his 10 favorite Pointy-Haired Boss strips. Let this be a lesson in what not to do.

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Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, by Daniel Goleman

October 16, 2013 6:41 pm

‘Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence’, by Daniel Goleman

Review by Adam Palin

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, by Daniel Goleman,HarperCollins/Bloomsbury, $28.99/£18.99

Please concentrate. Your ability to focus productively is being undermined by the daily bombardment of emails, text messages and audio-visual stimulation. This threat demands our at­tention, Daniel Goleman writes, because focus is the secret of success. A psychologist, former science journalist at The New York Times and author of bestselling book Emotional Intelligence, Goleman appears to have the measure of his readers. In Focus, he cleverly emp­loys short chapters littered with case studies to en­gage professionals swimming against a tide of electronic correspondence. Goleman’s prem­ise is that our ability to block out the massof digital distractions is diminished by the “cognitive exhaustion” they cause. Without finding ways to be focused, we cannot help but be distracted.

Mindlessness – when your thoughts are al­ways wandering – is potentially “the single biggest waster of attention in the workplace”, he says. Developing its opposite – the increasingly popular trait of mindfulness– by training the brain to pay complete attention to the current moment is crucial. Mindfulness al­lows us to concentrate on what is important, and not be distracted by the noise around us. Read more of this post

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