Leadership

Courageous Conversations

“….my understanding is that the first step to take in having a real conversation is simply to stop having the one that you are having now.By definition the courageous conversation is the conversation that you’re not having nowand also, by definition the courageous conversation is the one that you don’t want to haveand the courageous […]

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Misalignment of Values: The Canary in the Mine

Discovering the profound dissonance between their values and those expressed, overtly or covertly, by their workplace is a common theme with many of my physician clients. Initially, they may experience a degree of relief at recognizing that this conflict underlies much of the frustration, anger, anxiety and even sadness that they are experiencing with their

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The Transformative Skill of Receiving Feedback Well

I was so infuriated by a client’s emotional account as a recipient of lousily delivered feedback, that I immediately began to pen a blog on the inadequacies of feedback. This has long been an area of concern in medicine, given that feedback provides the backbone of how we learn. Concerns range from feedback underuse (sometimes

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The Unique Power of Self-Leadership

Self-Leadership represents the cornerstone of being able to fully function as a thriving, self-determining individual. A working definition from Andrew Bryant and Ana Kazan (2012) describes it as follows: “Self-Leadership is the practice of intentionally influencing your thinking, feeling and actions towards your objective/s.” Bryant and Kazan’s definition encompasses: Cultivation of a powerful vision Creation

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Physician Self-Leadership: Keep your Hands on the Steering Wheel of your Life

  When I listen to all the external factors that create frustration and anguish for my coaching clients, it is tempting to want to simply put my head in my hands and “despair” with them. Limited face to face interaction with their patients, dysfunctional EMRs, institutionalized disrespect, intrusive measures of performance and productivity are some

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