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Healthcare Activity in Pandemic - Q3 Update

Posted On: November 17, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Opinions, Social commentary, VGM

I continue to watch the pandemic’s meaningful impact on the healthcare business and consumption of healthcare.  With third quarter data now reported, we can assess the trends and what the next few months may hold: The initial heat of the pandemic was mid-March through mid-May.  In the second quarter of 2020 (April-June) there was a reduction in non-emergent and elective healthcare services.  Largely this was considered a deferral of services but in reality a portion of...
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Tags: covid19, future, health, trends, mega-trends, pandemic

cyber attacks

Cyber-attacks by enemy governments.

Posted On: November 13, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Opinions, Social commentary

Last week in my blog I discussed the widespread cyber attacks on US businesses and healthcare institutions being perpetrated by hostile foreign governments.  I believe this is a failure of the US government to meet its obligation to protect and defend Americans from foreign adversaries.  Why is our federal government failing?  I have a few theories.  Our federal government faces a myriad of complex challenges.  Their job...
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Tags: cyber attacks, cyber, data, breach, cybersecurity

cybercrime

A foreign assault right before our eyes

Posted On: November 3, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Opinions, Social commentary

Imagine a scenario where Russian warships approach America’s coast and launch an invasion of Louisiana.  Imagine further the Russian soldiers break into buildings and seize valuables – keeping some of the spoils of the invasion and offering others back to the Louisianans, but only upon payment of ransom.  Finally, imagine the USA, with its vast military, intelligence and economic powers, doing nothing, except to encourage the good folks of Louisiana to resist the invasion...
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Tags: cyber attacks, cybercrimes

right to vote

The 19th Amendment

Posted On: August 18, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Community & Loneliness, Opinions, Social commentary, Work Culture

Today (August 18, 2020) marks the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote in America, via ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.  In commemoration of this historic advancement in equal rights, I wanted to share some of the lessons that we might be able to take away from this successful struggle, as best I understand from my reading. Meaningful advancements take time.  Women won the right to vote in 1920, one-hundred forty-four years after the founding...
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Tags: 19th amendment, Carrie Chapman Catt, hard won not done, right to vote, vote, women's suffrage

Crossing the Bridge

Crossing the Bridge

Posted On: August 4, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Community & Loneliness, Opinions, Social commentary

My family’s 2020 spring break took an ironic turn that now seems like serendipity. We had planned a Caribbean vacation, but COVID-19 emerged about that time.  Not wanting to leave the country, nor get on a plane, we made a quick decision to drive to the Gulf Coast of Alabama.  We chose Alabama because it had no cases of the virus at that time, it was drivable from Iowa (15 hours!) and it offered an attractive beach substitute to the Caribbean.  We had a wonderful time in Alabama,...
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Tags: crossing the bridge, john lewis, living history, selma

35 years

35 years

Posted On: June 26, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Opinions, VGM, Work Culture

June 24 was the 35th anniversary of my professional career.  On that day in 1985, I joined Touche Ross in their Omaha office.  Touche Ross was an accounting firm and was part of the “Big 8”, a term for the eight national accounting firms in existence at that time.  It was a proud firm, with high expectations and a strong culture of serving clients.  I worked at that firm for eleven years.  I loved that job and it was very good for me.  I thought this a good...
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Tags: 1985, career, lessons learned

Ownership

Ownership

Posted On: May 22, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Employee Ownership, Opinions, Social commentary, Work Culture

Renting has its advantages. No commitment. No investment. Free from entanglements. Owning on the other hand, requires investment. It means putting something at risk. Ownership comes with commitment, obligation and responsibility. You might say ownership requires you to be all-in. When it comes to your career and your life, ownership is worth the investment. In fact, it’s the only way to go. Employee-ownership of business is the pathway to career and personal fulfillment. Further,...
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Thank You

Thank You

Posted On: April 15, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Opinions

I’d like to interrupt my Power of One blog posts series this week for some well-deserved thank yous. In the midst of everything that’s going on right now, it can be easy to be so focused on protecting ourselves and our families that we forget about the brave people risking their own health every day to help us do it. So, in no particular order: · Thank you to the hospitals for going above and beyond, for working long hours, and for bravely facing the worst that this epidemic...
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Tags: thanks, thankyou, pandemic, wegotthis

Optimism

Optimism

Posted On: February 1, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Opinions, Social commentary

“Progress is a historical fact. The numbers show that over the past seven decades humans have become longer-lived, healthier, safer, richer, freer, fairer, happier, and smarter, not just in the West, but worldwide.” – Steven Pinker In my last post, I tried to make the case for optimism as an antidote for fearing change. Even as I typed the words, I wondered how many of my readers would believe that things are getting progressively better with each passing year. As human beings,...
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Tags: future, success, optimism, hope

The Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa Caucuses

Posted On: January 15, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Opinions, Social commentary

My home state really messed up last Monday night. The Iowa Caucuses are a treasure in the state of Iowa, making us a temporary center of the political world every four years. Interestingly, my caucus site was highly organized and went off without a hitch. In fact, it was the best run Iowa caucus I have ever attended, and I’ve been to many. But at the level above, where results were collected, aggregated, and reported – well, that was a train wreck. There were a whole lot of voices calling...
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Tags: iowa, caucuses, caucus, politics