I cannot teach anyone anything. I can only make them think. Hello, my name is Michael Stack. I’m the CEO of Amaxx. And that quote is from Socrates. Can I teach anyone anything? I could only make them think. Socrates was a famous philosopher that was ultimately killed for his style of education, which was encouraging this idea of critical thinking, encouraging this idea of questioning maybe what is being forced down your throat by some authority.
Critical Thinking in YOUR Workers’ Compensation Program
This idea of critical thinking in our world today is so, so important, so, so important to what we’re doing. Here’s how it applies to you in this context, in this video, in this time together that we have today, these short couple of minutes of what you can do to start thinking about your program. There is no shortage of information, no shortage of information in our world. There’s no shortage of best practices in workers’ compensation management.
Even in my specific curriculum, even in the video blogs that you can look up on YouTube, in our trainings, in our books, in our system, in our software, we’ve got this whole thing laid out. So it’s not a question of how to do it. It’s a question of you thinking about critically thinking. What is most impactful for you? What is most impactful for you and for your program to put into practice today? What is most impactful for you to put into practice in your program today? Whether it’s with your clients and you’re a service provider or whether you’re an employer yourself, you’re going to do this directly. Here’s what I want you to think. The Socratic method, so my wife and I run in a small school, we own a small school, private school. We teach this Socratic method. Here’s the context of it. You need to pick a position, pick a position and defend it.
Pick a Position and Defend It
Pick a position and defend it. So here’s a Socratic question for you today. In the range of the fundamentals, in the range of the fundamentals in work comp management, that’s injury response, that’s communication, that’s return to work, supervisor training. So then talk about those four, just four best practices right there. Injury response, however you responding to injuries, return to work, communication, and supervisors. Of these four, what is most impactful for you to look at and improve right now? And why? Pick a position. You can’t say All four of those are important. Those are all we need to do. A little bit of everything. We need to do a little bit of this, a little bit of this and a little bit of this. And while that answer is true for you, it’s not true for you. You need to pick one. What is it? Is it responding to your injuries? Is it better training your supervisors?
Take Steps, Start Moving in Right Direction
Your communication with get well cards, first day phone calls, weekly meetings? Is it over here looking at your return to work program? Pick a position and defend it. Pick a position and defend it. Pick a position and defend it and do something about it. In your program today. Take these steps, start moving in the right direction. Think critically about your program. Don’t just be overwhelmed. Oh my gosh, there’s so much stuff that I could possibly do. Pick a position, think critically about it. Take some action and see those results and continue that continuous wheel of improvement. Asking yourself this question, once a quarter, twice a year, once a year, what is your rhythm then of that continuous improvement? Do that, follow that habit consistently, and you will massively, massively win. Again, my name is Michael Stack and I’m the CEO of amax. Remember, your work today and workers’ comp management have a dramatic impact on your company’s bottom line, but it will have a dramatic impact on someone’s life. This would be great.
Michael Stack, CEO of Amaxx LLC, is an expert in workers’ compensation cost containment systems and provides education, training, and consulting to help employers reduce their workers’ compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is co-author of the #1 selling comprehensive training guide “Your Ultimate Guide to Mastering Workers’ Comp Costs: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%.” Stack is the creator of Injury Management Results (IMR) software and founder of Amaxx Workers’ Comp Training Center. WC Mastery Training teaching injury management best practices such as return to work, communication, claims best practices, medical management, and working with vendors. IMR software simplifies the implementation of these best practices for employers and ties results to a Critical Metrics Dashboard.
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