Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to do the Right Thing

Practical Wisdom

We all like to think that as we age and have various experiences throughout our life that we gain wisdom. Yet that’s not what we always use to base our decisions on. In Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, Barry Schwartz explains what practical wisdom is and the many things that challenge us from practicing it. This information can be helpful in our quest of having a successful practice.

This book contains a lot of facts to back up the information, as well as real-life examples that you will be able to relate to. There are plenty of examples in the health care and education sector that will provide an eye-opening look at when wisdom is used and what has influenced the behavior in various scenarios.

Schwartz delves deep as he sheds light on such things as empathy, and wisdom and happiness together. He looks at the ever-eroding trust that most people have for the institutions in America that they have always trusted. But it doesn’t stop there, as he does address how we can use this information to also make improvements. Now that we know there is a problem, we can do something about it. As you will learn in this book, increasingly there have been rules imposed on people in a variety of important sectors. The problem is that they have had unintended consequences, which are ultimately something we can all learn from so we don’t repeat those same mistakes again.

Everyone running a practice will want to read this book. It will help provide the basis for understanding how to best go about using wisdom and why some people don’t trust those in health care. Armed with this knowledge, it can be addressed in your office and beyond, in order to provide your patients with a better, more trusted, experience.

Worked at Burleson Orthodontics. Attended University of Missouri–Kansas City. Lives in Kansas City, Missouri.