This is an excellent, thoughtful essay by Dr. Atul Gawande on the avalanche of unnecessary often harmful care that we physicians are inflicting on patients, and that families and taxpayers are tolerating.

How can we transform the situation.

Millions of people get tests, drugs, and operations that won’t make them better, may cause harm, and cost billions.

Source: America’s Epidemic of Unnecessary Care – The New Yorker

This is a fun article for all physicians to read, whether or not you feel you “need” to be memorable.  Most of the principles fall into the category of “how are you showing up in the world?”

Particularly if you are a physician leader, business person or innovator, getting your voice and message out there starts with some serious attention to how you show up in all respects.

— Francine

In person, online, in your words and actions: Here’s how to become one of those people that everyone remembers.

Source: How To Make Yourself Unforgettable | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

An intriguing interview with Goleman explores the capacity of empathy and compassion and how this can impact our work (and life).

“…. ask ourselves if there is something that limits our vision — that limits our capacity to care? And is there a way to enlarge it?”

That is at crux of great teams!

Source: What the Dalai Lama Taught Daniel Goleman About Emotional Intelligence – HBR

Impact of Organizational Leadership on Physician Burnout and Satisfaction – Mayo Study Supports Physician Coaching

A timely and tremendous study just published by Tait D. Shanafelt, MD et al in the Mayo Clinic Proceeding, “Impact of Organizational Leadership on Physician Burnout and Satisfaction,” describes how leadership effectiveness (or lack of) can directly impacts physician satisfaction.  I have no doubt this will be a landmark study that will inspire healthcare organizations to rethink how they […]

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Physician Success Notes Audio Series–The “mini-MBA”–is now a free resource

I am please to announce that my Physician Success Notes audio learning  is now available as a free coaching resource.  Previously this “mini-MBA” was a resource I made available only to my private clients or to health systems whose physicians I was  team coaching. These 10-minute “Physician Success Notes” audio seminars are delivered to you by email every […]

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From Physician Burnout to Resilience and Engagement

I just attended an excellent Webinar sponsored by Modern Healthcare on the topic of Physician burnout and the approach three organizations have taken to remedy the situation. As a coach specializing in physician career fulfillment and leadership effectivess, this topic is of course near and dear to my heart.  What I was excited about in […]

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How Can You LOVE Work, as a Physician?

A recent article in the New York Times, “Why You Hate Work,”  shares the results from The Energy Project, a company that probed over 12,000 white collar employees, on their attitudes towards work. In a sentence:  the more refreshed, valued and connected we are to our work, and the more spiritually connected we our to […]

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Finding the Coaching in Criticism: HBR Explores Why Feedback Doesn’t Work

In the January-February issue of Harvard Business Review, authors Sheila Heen and Douglas Stone explore a conundrum in their article, Find the Coaching in Criticism:  Feedback is important, and yet, feedback doesn’t work. More from the article:  What makes receiving feedback so hard? The process strikes at the tension between two core human needs—the need […]

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Physician Leaders Can Use Body Language to Boost Confidence and Power

I was intrigued by a TED Talk given by  Social psychologist Amy Cuddy, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, who  investigates how people judge each other and themselves.  According to Cuddy, we make judgments along two critical trait dimensions:  warmth/trustworthiness and competence/power.  These visceral judgements then greatly determine outcomes, such as who we promote, […]

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Physicians, Tap Into Your Potential

The following was an interview I did with Physician’s Practice in 2003, almost 10 years ago!  I think it’s as timely now as it was then.  —- Francine Tap Into Your Potential First published in Physicians Practice July 01, 2003 | Healthcare Careers By Bob Keaveney   An interview with Francine Gaillour, MD, MBA, FACPE, […]

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Get a Virtual Assistant for these 3 Business Building Tasks

Get a virtual assistant to help you with these 3 main tasks that will have an immediate impact on the growth of your business. Get a Virtual Assistant for these 3 Business Building Tasks [ 3:02 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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Content for Your Articles Comes from “Moments of Zen”

Where can your article, blog, and newsletter content come from? Easy! Observe yourself for half a day with your clients and make note of the insights you take for granted. Those are moments of Zen and you better write them down! Content for Your Articles Comes from “Moments of Zen” [ 2:51 ] Play Now […]

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