Group Think Dr. House’s Way
If you ever watched the doctor dramedy (part drama/part comedy) House on the FOX Network, you probably know the main character, Dr. Gregory House is narcissistic, degrading to his subordinates, fond of the off-color joke and is never politically correct.
The television show’s setting is Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey, where Dr. House, who rarely takes on more than one case at a time, relies on a team of three or four doctors to help diagnose, brainstorm and, most importantly, keep him away from the patients and actual testing.
House loves to demean his staff, disrespects any authority (because no one is better than him) and once the patient is cured, he takes all the credit.
But, Dr. House is in pain. He’s got an injury to his right leg and without his precious Vicodin, maybe he has a right to be mean? If you’re seeing similarities here, keep reading.
Yet, during his brainstorming sessions with his team, House, a world renown diagnostician seems to change. No the off-color jokes and insults don’t stop, but he does allow the team to offer ideas and even if he disagrees with them, he allows them to follow through on most. He's also fond of (actually attached) to his whiteboard and dry-erase marker where all the ideas are posted. No one is allowed to touch the board or write a diagnosis except—you guessed it—House.
To show you how politically and offensive Dr. House can be, in one brainstorming session where the patient was a death row inmate brought into the hospital for a diagnosis (they had to heal him before they could kill him), House and his group sat brainstorming about if his medical problem could be drug related.
Dr. Chase, a Waspy-type, of the Caucasian race: “How does one get Heroin on death row?"
Dr. Foreman, a street kid who did good, of the African American race: “Are you kidding me?"
House: “Geez Chase, Foreman’s right about the drugs and prison—him being black and all, he should know. If we have a yachting question, we’ll ask you, okay?"
Grumbles around the table ensue, but that’s House.