Coleman Recommended Resources

Coleman Associates loves seeking out resources, stumbling upon thought-provoking videos and learning from others both inside and outside the healthcare industry. We’d love to share our favorites with you.

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Good to Great by Jim Collins


Good to Great by Jim Collins. Written by fellow Boulder-ite Jim Collins, this book gives examples of businesses that have either stayed mediocre or found a way to excel. While Good is the enemy of Great this book doesn’t tear down the “good” but rather gives strategies for finding your way to be “great.” It’s an inspiring book about hard work, diligence, management, and tough decisions.

Fish! Lundin, Paul and Christensen


Fish! Lundin, Paul, and Christensen. Want to have fun at work and boost staff morale? This parable applies simple lessons learned at Seattle’s famous Pike Place Fish Market to any work environment. No, you won’t learn how to throw a 30-pound mackerel around, but you WILL discover how to promote a culture of appreciation, fun and great customer service! Trialed and tested at health care organizations, this methodology dramatically changed the lives of health care professionals who were facing burnout and the effects of dealing with a sick patient population day in and day out. Pick it up and then consider purchasing the companion DVD, FiSH! Tales to watch at your next staff meeting!

Redefining Health Care by Michael E Porter and Elizabeth Olmstead Teisberg


Redefining Health Care by Michael E Porter and Elizabeth Olmstead Teisberg. In this textbook-style approach to health care problems and proposed solutions the authors take a data-based, deep look into problems that plague healthcare including measurement, competition, quality, reimbursement, insurance, etc., It’s a very in-depth, academic book rich with citings and background to get you up to speed on the challenges facing the industry.

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder


Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. In this biography, Kidder tells the story of infectious disease specialist Paul Farmer, MD who takes his strong mind and his passionate determination to dramatically improve public health to Haiti. His inspiring ability to think in unconventional ways to reach patients is a fantastic story to re-ignite your passion to care for all patients.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese


Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. It’s easy to see why this story that has nothing and everything to do with medicine has won its way into the hearts of so many readers. It’s a beautiful story that connects you on a new level to the practice of medicine.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. This is a must-read for anyone entering public health and desiring a full exposure to the challenges of health care when cultures (and languages) do not easily align. The story of a Hmong patient and her American doctors tells a story to help bridge the culture gaps.

Stamped from Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi


This book is an incredibly comprehensive history of the construct of race and racism. It traces the history of racist and anti-racist ideas from their origin and how they impact thought and policy today. This is a must-read.

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi


How to be an Anti-Racist is a compelling guide for those concerned about racism in the United States but are unsure about what to do about it. Kendi provides an engaging look, not only at the roots of racism but how we can dismantle it.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo


Robin DiAngelo is a diversity and inclusion trainer who kept finding that sensitivity to discussions around race and racism from her white participants would stop the conversation. This book explores why conversations about race are so difficult for white people and how to combat it to be a better ally to people of color.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander


Michelle Alexander examines how the US seamlessly transitioned from the age of Jim Crow to the age of Mass Incarceration. This is an unvarnished look at the systematic disenfranchisement of African-American males.

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