This Article Has No Title

The lack of title is intentional.  I know I find myself reading headlines and thinking I’ve “got it.”  Sometimes I have, but most of the time there are nuances contained in the content that are important and provide something to think about.

I have been on a learning journey lately. I think I’ve said this here before, but I’m really trying to challenge my own paradigms and learn more deeply so that I’m not a slave to the provocation of tantalizing headlines that may or may not hold truth.

Most of what I write these days is a dialogue with myself, to explore and learn because I find that nothing is simple or straightforward, even though so many of us prefer simple.

So last week, I wrote an article reflecting a challenge to my own paradigms about healthcare.  I did that deliberately because a friend helped me see that access to healthcare is not equal.  My upbringing didn’t expose me to people who had to dig deep into their own pockets to pay for treatment.  This was a bit new to me, and I was humbled and thankful for the lesson.

Embedded in my article was a link to a New Yorker article by Atul Gawande.  If you aren’t familiar with him, he is a physician who has had a profound impact on healthcare by helping providers use a consistent, evidence-based process.  The article is non-partisan and factual, which is why, in my article, I asked readers to go deeper and read Gawande’s article.

It doesn’t provide any answers, because there are no answers to what we face today.  But it does break down the polarity a bit into reasons why some feel healthcare is a right, while others feel it is a privilege.  I think that it is important to seek out various reasoning.

What was fascinating to me was how many people responded simply and quickly to the title of the article “Is Healthcare a Right or a Privilege?” with their own answer…..one or the other.  Right or privilege.

It was a glaring message to me just how important headlines and titles are to us these days.  Honestly, we don’t have time to read through all of the content that comes our way each day.  I know that I certainly don’t.

Sure, some headlines don’t grab us, and that’s fine.  We pick the content that most interests us and, ideally engage in a dialogue that promotes learning and awareness.

But if the headline isn’t something we’re interested in, why not try to just pass it by, rather than allowing a headline to create a position in our brains and then responding only to the headline without reading the content?

I don’t know if those who responded read deeper, so I am making an assumption here.  But this assumption is based on my own awareness of just how impactful a provocative headline can influence the way I think.

I’m trying to avoid that, and invite anyone else to try along with me.

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Carol Anderson
Carol Andersonhttp://andersonperformancepartners.com
CAROL is the founder and Principal of Anderson Performance Partners, LLC, a business consultancy focused on bringing together organizational leaders to unite all aspects of the business – CEO, CFO, HR – to build, implement and evaluate a workforce alignment strategy. With over 35 years of executive leadership, she brings a unique lens and proven methodologies to help CEOs demand performance from HR and to develop the capability of HR to deliver business results by aligning the workforce to the strategy. She is the author of Leading an HR Transformation, published by the Society for Human Resource Management in 2018, which provides a practical RoadMap for human resource professionals to lead the process of aligning the workforce to the business strategy, and deliver results, and writes regularly for several business publications.


  1. Carol, right there along with you, perhaps explained in a different way, but I have been writing for different reasons since I was 12, and as i evolved into adulthood I find my approach to reading anything is how deeply I think about things. Searching the headlines on a daily basis quickly and stopping only when something pops out. I am a deep thinker on many levels, especially spiritually and your piece made me reaize that.

  2. Ah Carol, this is awesome! I write for similar reasons and I’ve found that in doing so, it allows others to come alongside me with the questions. Which is exactly what you’ve done here. I love how you’ve not just challenged the way we approach reading, but that you’ve also taken us down the rabbit hole to learn more deeply about the healthcare conversation. This, in my mind, is similar to what Dennis is trying to do with the Salons, to allow us to explore all of the facets of an issue (right now we’re exploring race – I hope you’ll join the conversation on September 30th, I would love to “meet you” as I really appreciate how deeply you think about things). This piece makes me want to keep an eye out for your work, whatever the headline might be!