MICHELLE’S BLOG2018-08-24T21:50:57+00:00

Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a small child.  As it is for so many, writing serves as an outlet to indulge my imagination, thoughtfully document my observations, flesh out strategy, and share the insights and ideas that build in my brain.

Equal to my passion for writing is reading. During my years working in publishing, I often pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.  While a few of the authors I represented proved to be, shall I say, challenging, the majority were exceptional and a joy to work with.

My enormous library (some on my shelves, many in boxes until we have the space to have a room dedicated to books) consists of works on organizational development, human performance, and all things related to leadership, emotional intelligence, and communications.  In truth, my absolute favorite genre is autobiographies. I’m awestruck at the courage of those who share their stories with the intent of bringing hope and healing to others.  If you’re looking for a recommendation, let me know. I’ll email you a list of my all-time favorites.

In this forum, I thought I’d share some of the pieces I’ve written on a variety of topics and hope that you will find a few that spark an idea or deliver an ah-ha moment.

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105, 2020

The Underlying Effect of Untruthfulness During a Pandemic

May 1st, 2020|Categories: Blog|

-Michelle Rathman, President Impact! Communications, Inc. "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics," so said Mark Twain in his Chapters from My Autobiography, published in the year 1906. These words could not be more relevant today. We have in America a lying epidemic. Lying is bringing dis-ease to every aspect of our lives. In government, [...]

1405, 2019

Achieving Operational Excellence in Community Hospitals

May 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

As published by Cerner prior to the 2019 Cerner CommunityWorks Summit 2019 where Michelle was the industry professional keynote speaker. Our nation’s small, rural and community hospitals (I refer to the collective as “right-sized”) are experiencing a tidal wave of uncertainty and change. Some of it is desperately needed, and much of it is uncomfortable [...]

3005, 2017

Why Rural Health Must Matter

May 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Rural Health|Tags: , , |

by Michelle Rathman I have worked in the healthcare sector for the past 21 years, first in public health, and now in rural for over 15 years. As I travel from state to state, town to town, small hospital to small hospital, I shake hands and have conversations with dedicated, talented, and selfless men and [...]