Nigel Latta has a simple criterion for measuring the success of his work – has it made people’s lives better?
The clinical psychologist and well-known television personality addressed over 1500 healthcare improvement leaders at the Insight Talks during APAC Forum 2015.
During his typically politically incorrect and humour-filled presentation, Latta took delegates through an overview of some of his most poignant life achievements, starting with unsuccessfully trying to resuscitate a dying man.
The scenario saw him trying to breathe air into “a sinkhole of slippery unpleasantness”, but he continued in the hope of saving a life.
Later, working in a social work office, he had the responsibility of trying to reach a young boy who was withdrawn and uncommunicative after countless appointments with social work staff.
Latta reached him by encouraging him to shock the other staff by perverting a standard psychological exercise. “You’ve got to give people [stuff] before you ask them for stuff, “he explained. “People had been asking him for stuff his entire life.”
Alluding to his Politically Incorrect Guide to Parenting Show, he poked fun at parents who misrepresent their experiences with their children via social media.
“You have children and they are your heart. I love my boys. I’d die for them, but we have never had a wonderful weekend.”
He encouraged delegates to notice the important moments because “if you’re not careful, you can slide right by them.”
Latta’s presentation was a fitting part of a forum which focused on novel ways of healthcare transformation.