Publication Date: Apr 2023
RRP: $34.99
ISBN: 9781922633415
Format: Paperback
Size: 153mm x 234mm
Pages: 288
Category: Education, Health & Fitness, Science

The Uncertainty Effect

How to Survive and Thrive Through the Unexpected

Michelle Lazarus

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‘Change is the only constant, so uncertainty is universal and pervasive. We all need tools to understand and harness this phenomenon. Enter Lazarus, who has provided us with a pragmatic guide and a toolkit of sorts to grapple with uncertainty. By fostering uncertainty tolerance I am confident that this book will provide leaders in healthcare (my area) with, among other things, tools to reduce waste, improve care coordination and diagnostic accuracy, reduce harmful errors and ultimately improve clinical outcomes. What an amazing accomplishment – kudos to Lazarus.’ David Nash MD MBA, Founding Dean Emeritus, Dr Raymond C and Doris N Grandon Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

‘Lazarus points to scientific practice as an exemplar of how a creative and curious mindset can make uncertainty fertile.’ The Age/Sydney Morning Herald

A smart, practical book that shows us how to navigate uncertain times

In an age of pandemic and economic precarity, how can we learn to embrace uncertainty in our workplaces, schools and businesses? And how can better understanding uncertainty help us to build resilience, foster social inclusion and deal with the big issues, such as climate change?

Award-winning educator Michelle Lazarus shows us how uncertainty tolerance can help. Drawing on years of her team’s own research, Michelle examines how teachers can help prepare students for an uncertain workforce, how healthcare administrators can help to reduce burnout in doctors, how scientists can better model the effects of climate change and how we can all contribute to equity in our workplaces.

This lively book has an affirming message: we may not be able to predict the future, but we can learn to navigate it.

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Michelle Lazarus

Associate Professor Michelle D. Lazarus is Director of the Centre for Human Anatomy Education at Monash University. In 2022 she won a prestigious AAUT Award, which recognises Australia’s most outstanding teachers, and her work on uncertainty appears regularly in research...
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