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Epidemic of Loneliness

Epidemic of Loneliness

Posted On: December 20, 2019 by Mike Mallaro in: Community & Loneliness

Despite technology creating so much connectedness around the world, we live in a time of vast disconnectedness. People are busier than ever, under more pressure, stressed out and isolated. We are living amidst an epidemic of loneliness in our country. Personal relationships are a treasure. When customers, or employees, treasure those relationships with you and other people in your company, they won’t go elsewhere. In fact, they find ways to stay and do more of everything with and for you....
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Tags: loneliness, alone, isolation, connect, community, family

Braiding

Braiding

Posted On: December 13, 2019 by Mike Mallaro in: Community & Loneliness, Social commentary

One might be overwhelmed, but two standing together can resist. A three-fold cord is not easily broken. – Ecclesiastes 4:12 I began my career as a CPA in an accounting firm. One of my clients was a fishing tackle manufacturer whose lead product was fishing line. Fishing line is made by extruding a melted plastic substance to create a thin line that is both flexible and strong. Fishing for bigger, stronger fish requires a different line. I learned from my client that the way to make stronger...
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Tags: community, connecting, connect, binding, family, meaningfulness

Mom, Coffee, & Community

Mom, Coffee, & Community

Posted On: November 29, 2019 by Mike Mallaro in: Community & Loneliness, Social commentary

I hope that everyone is having a safe and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. For many of us, these last few days have been a chance to connect and reconnect with friends and family members around the dinner table. We all have our traditions that we follow at this time of year, and our traditions and the people we share them with provide us with a sense of belonging and connectedness that we often take for granted. There’s a lesson there for us about the way we do business. When I was growing up,...
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Tags: community, loneliness, vgm, family, connect, meaningfulness

Choices

Choices

Posted On: November 22, 2019 by Mike Mallaro in: Community & Loneliness, Employee Ownership, Healthcare, Work Culture

We all exercise freedom of choice every day of our lives. We choose our partner, how to spend our time, and where we buy our groceries. We choose the shows we watch, which religion we’ll follow (if any at all), and which sports teams we'll cheer on. The people you serve in your organization exercise their freedom of choice every day as well. Every person you do business with has a choice. They can choose to work with you, or they can choose to do business with someone else. They can also...
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Tags: choices, freedom, community, connections, relationships

The Times, They Are A-Changin'

The Times, They Are A-Changin'

Posted On: October 11, 2019 by Mike Mallaro in: Community & Loneliness, Healthcare, Work Culture

“Come gather 'round, people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You'll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin' And you better start swimmin' Or you'll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin'” Bob Dylan, from The Times They Are A-Changin’ Millennials are the largest generation in the workforce today. The Baby Boomers are a rapidly declining segment, while the Greatest...
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Tags: millenails, culture, change, adapt

Us vs Them

Us vs Them

Posted On: October 4, 2019 by Mike Mallaro in: Community & Loneliness, Opinions, Social commentary

“When one half of the nation demonizes the other half, tendrils of resentment reach out and strangle whatever charitable impulses remain in us.” ― Ben Sasse, Them: Why We Hate Each Other--and How to Heal Division and divisiveness seem to be everywhere these days. From Capitol Hill to Main Street, the arguments surrounding the pressing issues of our day threaten to tear the fabric of our institutions asunder. Political tribalism has always been with us, but there certainly seems to...
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Tags: sasse, lonliness, divide divisive, politics

Opportunities in HME

Opportunities in HME

Posted On: December 29, 2017 by Mike Mallaro in: Community & Loneliness, Healthcare, Opinions, VGM

CMS’s Office of the Actuary has published their National Health Statistics for 2016 (they always run about a year behind.) A few interesting statistics in there about HME: The annual growth rate across all HME categories will average about 6% a year for the next several years. Unit growth and demand will result in total HME spend five years from now (2022) being nearly 30% greater than the HME spend in 2017. The increase in HME spend in 2018 over 2017 – in terms of total dollars...
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