Over the course of the fellowship I have slowly built a pile of books on my desk. This pile doesn’t include the electronic books that I have read, only the physical copies. The pile just reached 11 books high with the top book being the one I am currently on,
The User Experience Team Of One by Leah Buley. Buley’s book is a hyper-practical guide on how to implement user experience into design teams regardless of the infrastructure that exists. It has been really useful as I start to consider what life could look like after the fellowship and how UX designers function on different teams.
The bottom couple of books on the pile came from the beginning of the fellowship when we were still building a base of knowledge in diabetes and healthcare. In hindsight it’s incredible how far I’ve come. Less than a year ago I couldn’t have explained the difference between and HMO and an ACO, and would have been surprised to learn that there are different types of insulin. Now I know the ins and outs of the latest telehealth reimbursement codes (99490 is really exciting), have opinions on the value based care roll-out strategies that different hospitals are employing and know more about diabetes nutritional guidelines than I ever imagined was possible. All of this started at the beginning of the fellowship with Cheating Destiny by James Hirsch, Guide to Insulin & Type 2 Diabetes by Marie McCarren, and The Healthcare Handbook by Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore.
After getting a handle on the healthcare system and feeling more confident in my understanding of diabetes I pivoted my reading towards the next segment of the fellowship, ideation. I read Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson, Enduring Edge by Amita Shukla, and Creative Confidence by Tom Kelly and David Kelly. These books helped me explore how human brains work alone and in tandem and how to best create an environment for idea creation and curation. These books also began to build my understanding of solidarity in the entrepreneurial space. Although spanning between almost every possible field and ranging the complete spectrum of ages, all entrepreneurs seemed to have a level of understanding when it came to creative process and “the grind”. It was really interesting to start to notice themes as I read more books and started to hear people speak at conferences.
The next few books I read were directly in pursuit of that solidarity. After seeing Clayton Christianson speak at a conference I read Innovators Prescription and after seeing Guy Kawasaki speak I read Enchantment. From a conversation that I had with a mentor I read Delivering Happiness which was a story about the rise of Zappos by Tony Hsieh. Each of the books explained startup companies from a different angle and I was completely fascinated.
With my newfound perspective and the anxiety of the upcoming unknowns I have spent more time reading into how I fit into this expansive system which I have just begun to uncover. I am currently reading the book on UX design and just finished Design of Everyday Things, by Don Norman. I also have about six books still under my desk that I can’t wait to get to. This year has been super educational to this point, both in terms of experiences and exposure to literature. With each new book that I read I get more excited about the healthcare field and the good that can be done.