“The Dictator’s Handbook” – Survive AND Thrive


There’s nothing wrong if you want to work within corpmed—as long as you’ve decided to do so intentionally and did not just sleep-walk into your position.


And because I’m concerned about your personal and professional success, I’ve urged you to read the book “The Dictator’s Handbook“—a roadmap for your survival in any large organization and a fascinating, impactful read.



The book draws on published, peer-reviewed research, using governments and large businesses to exemplify its findings on how individuals achieve within large organizations.



It presents a worldview that you will find essential as you try to analyze and anticipate the behaviors of your co-workers and your organization—a skill that is essential to creating the sense of control so important to your personal and professional wellbeing.



Plus, it’s kinda fun, once you figure things out it’s almost like having a superpower—you can become the “corpmed whisperer.”



Here’s a summary of what you will learn:



Every individual at every level of an organization has a group of constituents who report to them and a boss to whom they report.



Even the boss at the top of the chart has folks to whom they are responsible.



To thrive, individuals must generate value, provide a portion of that value to their boss and use some of the rest to distribute benefits to their constituents.



The remainder of the value can be kept.



The specifics of the value and benefits vary among organizations—they can include money, power, or political support—use your imagination.



But once an individual no longer provides value to their boss or benefits to their constituents, their days in the organization are numbered.



The boss will terminate or sideline the individual directly or will be forced to do so after the constituents either actively or passively rebel and impair the generation of value from below.



What does this mean for you?



You first must create your personal definition of success. Maybe you want to eventually move up the corporate ladder into administration. Perhaps you want to specialize in medical informatics. Or may you just want to be left alone to practice medicine in peace.



Whatever your goal, you need three tactics to survive your entry into the corporate environment.


  • Specifically, identify who’s your boss and who are your constituents—this is not as easy as it sounds.  They may not be who you expect.
  • Specifically, identify what value your boss needs you to generate—and deliver.
  • Specifically, describe what value you will bring to your constituents—and deliver.


Then, apply what resources you have left over to achieving your own personal definition of success.


We’ll discuss each of these three tactics in the weeks to come.





You’ve chosen to practice medicine in a corporate environment.


An environment which you’ve never experienced as an employee.


And one for which you’ve never been trained.


If you want to thrive, or even just survive, you must act with intention.


But if you are intentional, there’s no doubt you will succeed.







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