Protecting Sight #182: The new open-source economics. A white cataract, phaco capsulorhexis, & Sjögren’s syndrome. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Breakfast with the next generation of ophthalmology leaders.

Welcome to my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, podcast, or significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Yochai Benkler: The new open-source economics. “Yochai Benkler explains how collaborative projects like Wikipedia and Linux represent the next stage of human organization.” (

This 2005 talk is superbly prescient.

2. Cataract Surgery – Dr. Neto Rosatelli – White Cataract Phaco Chop. Dr. Rosatelli uses the phaco probe to perform a small capsulorhexis. Great technique and filled with pearls.

3. Primary Sjögren’s syndrome and the eye. Bjordal, Oddbjørn et al. Survey of Ophthalmology, Volume 65, Issue 2, 119 – 132.

4. Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic. (1989). “Habit 6: Synergize.”

This book has been in our family for 30+ years and has my brother Al’s signature on the inner leaf. It’s one of those books I kept saying, “I’m going to read” and finally picked up last year. I read through Habit 5 and set aside again (All 7 Habits goes to about 320 pages). I attended a superb networking event this morning, and one attendee asked about leadership and networking books. As I ran upstairs to my book shelf to share favorites — Jim Collins’ Good to Great and Ken Jennings The Serving Leader among them — I saw Covey’s book with bookmark intact & filled with notes. This book is worth reading many times.

I have a free talk on Growing Your Practice Through Collaborative Partnerships in Practice. In the process of creating the talk, I studied a dozen+ favorite leadership books and podcasts. The resources and link to the talk are in a blog post here.

5. I was delighted to attend the Millennial Eye and Alcon Life Breakfast With the Experts session this morning. Topics including business tips for starting a practice, patient communication, advanced technologies, industry relationships, reputation management, and more.

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