Even though the brain, with the consistency of custard, is sealed inside the skull (and surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid), it constantly adjusts to stress (both physical and mental). As I said earlier, the NFL is beginning to recognize that its players undergo numerous brain injuries. (Oh, so many plays on words come to mind.). As a result, they are now subjecting recruits to a series of brain tests. No, they are not expecting them to be budding creators. They are seeking baseline brain function- so, when and if- they reach the big leagues and get hurt, there will be a comparison to determine if the brain is injured.
Telemedicine has been a â€œwhiz-bangâ€ concept for some time.Â I remember working with AT&T right after their breakup from the baby bells (almost 20 years ago).Â We were working on the initial stages of a telemedicine system they would market.Â (The real issue was there were insufficient/inaccurate devices upon which we would initially rely.)
We are hearing more and more about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) nowadays, primarily as a result of the improvised explosive devices (IED) in Iraq and Afghanistan hurting our troops.Â But, even the intransigent NFL recognizes the problem (football helmets are not precluding brain trauma).Â And, last month, a batter’s broken bat knocked out Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies’ fully-helmeted catcher, who was then put on the disability list for 15 days. (He is slowly coming back to full form.)
Our skin, part of the integumentary system, is the human’s largest organ. This system comprises some 12 to 16% of our total body weight. There are four or five layers of skin all over our body- and, one of the layers in both types of skin is the stratum germinativum- a layer of stem cells.
Come on, you didn’t think I was going to just wail on our local governments, did you?Â No, we, as business leaders,Â are often just as guilty as our governments are in the execution of our plans.
This is not a local story for most of us- but, it exemplifies most of our towns, cities, and counties.Â A building goes vacant in the downtown area.Â A company buys that property- knowing exactly what zoning obtains, when it purchases this building. No promises were made to change the zoning before the deal goes through.
That quote from John Donne is some four centuries old and still provides guidance to us. No matter how good, how smart, or how talented we think we are, we cannot succeed alone. We need trusted advisors- whether we call them our inner circle, our family, our board, or our friends- or any combination thereof.