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  • physician leaders, influence
    Seven Influence Conversations Every Physician Leader Needs to Master
    October 8, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    Are you as influential as you'd like to be? Many physician leaders fall back on one single approach at the time of exerting their influence. They...
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    The Perils Of Productivity for Physician Executives
    September 9, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    It must be THAT time of year – because the word "productive" has cropped in a couple of physician executive coaching conversations this mont...
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    The Price of Perfectionism for Physician Leaders
    August 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    Last week, I received emails from two physician leadership coaching clients on the same day, both addressing the challenges of perfectionism. One wrot...
  • physician coaching, negotiating, getting to yes
    Getting to “We Agree” – Physician coaching tips to negotiate well
    July 31, 2019 at 4:00 AM
    A conversation with a physician coaching client this week reminded me of a little book with a special place in my heart – "Getting To Yes" b...
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    When “Transition” Strikes — 5 Tips For Thriving During Change
    July 23, 2019 at 12:30 AM
    The topics of Change and Transition surface frequently in coaching, as many physician executive clients have to respond to great change in their healt...
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    Physician leaders – please, no more PowerlessPoint presentations!
    July 15, 2019 at 4:00 AM
    You’re a physician leader, standing in front of the room looking out at an expectant audience – maybe it’s your team of medical directors or your hosp...
  • physician leadership coach
    Does physician leadership coaching have any value?
    July 5, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    Why should I engage a physician leadership coach? Physicians are smart well-trained professionals who are not in the habit of asking for help. They’re...
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    Successful Physician Leaders use science’s motivation secrets
    July 1, 2019 at 4:00 AM
    One of my favorite books is A Whole New Mind. So it was with delight that I rewatched author Dan Pink‘s TED Talk presentation, after being exposed ove...
  • a map for your physician executive career
    The Contemporary Physician Leader’s Career Map
    June 12, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    I am a big believer in evolution. Of the world, of the human being throughout one's life, of a professional career. As a current physician leadership ...
  • physician leadership coach life on purpose
    Physician Leader: What is the hankering in your soul?
    June 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    From time to time, I experience a deep hankering in my soul. Sometimes it is a yearning for Africa; sometimes I long for a simpler life; most often it...
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    Optimism for Physician Leaders: Why It Matters So Much
    May 29, 2019 at 4:00 AM
    “Success is measured by your ability to maintain enthusiasm between failures.” – Sir Winston Churchill Mahatma Gandhi, Norman Cousins, Helen Keller, C...
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    Physician Leadership: The 7 “C's” Of Meaningful Work
    May 28, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    I often ponder about what makes one’s work meaningful. It’s a rumination that pops up regularly when I am enjoying navel-gazing time. Having gone from...
  • active listening
    Physician Leaders Need Excellent Active Listening Skills
    May 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    As physicians move increasingly into leadership roles within your organizations, your ability to communicate effectively will become critical. And gr...
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    Networking Niceties For Physician Leaders; Even Introverts Can Succeed
    May 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    When asked about my circuitous physician career and how I have made it happen, I can probably best describe my “strategy” as “opportunistic.” What I r...
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    “Crucial Conversations”: Ten Tips For Physician Leaders
    May 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    When last did you have a tough conversation with an employee, a colleague or a family member that went really, really well? As a physician, you are we...
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    Your Physician Leader Mission: Its Unifying Magic
    May 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    In my last article, I wrote about the importance of articulating a Vision to shoot for. Now it’s time to turn to your Mission. Physician leaders are o...
  • leadership vision
    The Power of a Clear Physician Leadership Vision
    April 29, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    Whether we’re aware of it or not, each of us has a vision of what we want to accomplish professionally when we start in an organization as a leader. W...
  • physician happiness
    How To Achieve Physician Happiness Despite A Topsy Turvy World
    April 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    As satisfying as my physician coaching work is, a depressing aspect of this work is that I receive regular communications from physicians in distress ...
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     Meeting Magic: leading meetings that have REAL impact – Part 2 
    March 20, 2019 at 3:30 PM
    In an earlier article on Meeting Magic – Part 1, I wrote about the Don'ts of running a meeting. Let's now imagine that you're the CMO or Medical Direc...
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    Meeting Magic: leading meetings that sing – Part 1
    October 15, 2018 at 12:00 AM
    Leading Meetings - How NOT to do it You're a physician leader - the CMO, the Department Chair, or the Medical Director - and you're in stuck with lead...
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    Effective Physician Leadership – create a career path. Part 3
    January 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM
    I ended my conversation about physician leadership with Jennifer Perry, the healthcare principal at FMG Leading and Dr. Matt Brubaker, CEO of FMG Lead...
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    Physician Leadership? The experts tell us how Part 2
    November 28, 2017 at 12:00 AM
    I continued my conversation about physician leadership with Jennifer Perry, a principal at FMG Leading and Dr. Matt Brubaker, CEO at FMG Leading, in P...
  • physician leaders, doctors as leaders
    Why Physician Leaders? The experts tell us
    October 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM
    One of my core values is being a learner which means I explore widely to discover what physician leaders are accomplishing, or could accomplish. An ar...
  • vulnerability has value for physician leaders
    The value of vulnerability for physician leaders
    September 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM
    A recent article on Vulnerability as a positive leadership trait got me thinking on what this means and truly looks like. In the article, the new CEO ...
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    The physician leader as guardian of the physician-patient relationship
    September 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM
    This week's email from Paul Keckley (Managing Editor of The Keckley Report, a healthcare researcher and widely known industry expert) reminded me of j...
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    Physician executives … our best healthcare thought leaders?
    August 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM
    What is a physician thought leader? In a perfect world, practicing physicians would have ample time on the job to listen, diagnose, explain and prescr...
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    A magic trick for physician leaders
    July 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM
    I’ve had the privilege of working in recent years with both emerging and seasoned physician leaders … and thoroughly enjoying my coaching clients! I a...
  • Four key tasks for physician leaders
    Physician Leaders: Your Four Key Tasks
    July 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM
    Despite what you may hope, Accountable Care Organizations, Patient Centered Medical Homes and Value-based Care are here to stay and demand heightened ...