Coronavirus and the Well-being of the Physician Community

Today, I was talking to a colleague of mine, Sue Kiernan. She is an executive coach who is thinking about what she can do at this time of crisis for the health system. She recognizes the pressures clinicians are normally under, and she sees how the current situation can contribute to even more stress. We talked about the concept of volunteering “In the Moment Coaching.” This is coaching for physicians and other healthcare professionals who think they might benefit from a 30-minute conversation with a professional coach. One short phone call is not going to change the world, but at the very least, the call provides a brief opportunity to focus clinicians on their well-being rather than just on the problems they are seeing and dealing with all day. There is no long-term contract and no fee for these coaching discussions. She envisions this as her way of contributing.

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Recognize the need to hyper-focus your efforts around those key moments that determine your success

Recently, I was talking to a physician who has taken on a new role in an industry that sells to healthcare organizations. He commented that most of the time, it was not clear what his company wanted him to do. Clearly, they valued him when he presented to customers and prospects, but that was only a small percentage of his time.

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The power of pause (and the connection to kindness) | Quint Studer

The other day, my cousin Al shared with me that he appreciated a statement I had made years ago on what a gift a pause is. By this, he meant the space between what he wants to do or say and the moment he actually does or says it. Pausing gives him time to make the decision and/or take the action … or not. By “or not” I mean that the pause allows us to rethink. Many times, not taking the action or not saying the words is the better choice.

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Being Overwhelmed

Occasionally, I hear individuals describe “the” solution to being overwhelmed, but as I have talked to many different people, they have described problems that appear to have many different causes. Over time, I have come to notice 14 patterns (perhaps, there are more). By sharing this list, I am not implying that I have solved the problem of people feeling overwhelmed (even for me). Instead, I’m sharing this list in the hopes that people will recognize their primary issue(s) so that they can focus their energies on the corrective actions that make the most sense for them.

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Three Reasons Physicians Executives May Prefer a Different Kind of Coaching

When I became an executive coach, I wanted to become the best coach I could possibly be, and I found there is much to learn from the trainings and writings of those with more experience. I felt this was true even if very little of the training was specifically focused on coaching specifically for physician executives. People are people, and the dynamics of personal interaction are similar across industries and disciplines.

However, I also noticed that some of the assumptions from what I was studying did not seem to apply to the people I was seeing. I do not know if my clients, as physician executives, are different from others or if there is another explanation. Perhaps, those who have chosen to be coached by me are different. No matter the reason, this posting discusses my observations and describes how I have responded.

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