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The Basic Requirements for Effective Communication and 6 Tips for Implementing...

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Some lessons in life come from unexpected sources. My most recent lesson on the basic requirements for effective communication came from two 5-year olds, a tiger and a lobster. Let me explain. Recently, my 5-year old was telling me about his day at school. Here’s how the conversation went: Me: “What was the best part…

How to Let Go and Get the Results You Want At...

letting go

When I ask my clients struggling with difficult interpersonal situations what is the one thing they need to move forward in a positive and productive manner, many have the same response.  They need to let something go…. “I need to let go of my colleagues’ past behavior, but I just can’t do it!” “I need…

If Only My Colleague Would Change, Everything Would be Easier. How...

Let’s face it, many of us have had those moments when we just want to throw our hands up in frustration at the behavior of a colleague. In those moments, the solution to a conflict or even a roadblock rendering a team ineffective is so obvious to us. If only that one person would change…

LEADING A DIVERSE TEAM? LESSONS LEARNED FROM TWO ELEPHANTS IN THE...

In a previous role, I once worked to develop and grow a subspecialized, niche program with four separate physician practices, aligned with our hospital through various models. In the beginning, we all knew it was going to be great. We had engaged physician partners developing the vision and strategy, the right operational expertise and infrastructure…

Things Are Going Great…Until They Aren’t

I woke up, and as I lay in bed, my mind immediately went to a state of stress. My to-do list popped into my mind’s eye clear as day. A slight panic arose as I realized I was behind on several deliverables to my assistant and that I needed to find creative time in my…

How Can I Be A Better Boss? Approach Leadership As An...

In healthcare, we live in a world of constant change and innovation. As leaders this requires us to be nimble, take risks aligned with our values, and have patience with our teams as they navigate the personal impact of change. When we are under the pressure of meeting goals and expectations, it is patience with…

Are You A Leadership Expert?

A new neighbor asked me to go to coffee. During the course of small-talk she asked me, “Now what exactly do you do”? I shared with her that I’m an Interpersonal Efficiency Leadership coach and consultant in healthcare helping physician leaders and other high performing healthcare leaders be more effective and fulfilled in their roles….

Big Decisions, Big Consequences. Are You Experiencing Decision Paralysis?

I have always been a slow decision-maker. My mom always said that she dreaded going shopping with me, because I would need the opinions of 10 friends before I could make a decision on what to buy. Uncertainty in decision-making continued to be a theme throughout my early life. I would mull over any big…

Is It Possible to Stop Dreading Conflict? Here’s How.

Ugh, conflict. The dreaded, unaddressed tension with a colleague or between team members that is likely impacting the morale of the entire team. Conflict resolution is the number one leadership skill that many of my clients are most interested in developing. Conflict is a part of life. We all have different perceptions of the world…

It Is Time to Stop Being Our Own Worst Critic

We are our own worst critic. I can’t tell you how many times I have said this to myself or others. When we constantly criticize ourselves, we are essentially telling ourselves that we are not good enough, smart enough, not a good enough doctor, nurse, leader, etc. This experience of being my own worst critic…