career

Physician, What Hinders Your Vision? 10 Obstacles to Overcome

We see things not as they are, but as we are. (This quote is attributed to several sources, including the Talmud). Ever wonder what factors  limit your ability to see beyond today’s possibilities? Or what keeps your organization or practice from achieving the results you see other groups can meet?  Or what keeps YOU from […]

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What Will be Your Legacy as a Physician?

I’ve heard some physicians wonder out loud if their career has been “wasted” – either because they were on a path that wasn’t a good fit, or they spent years focusing on accumulating and worrying, rather than on contributing and enjoying.  The question is one of personal value:  Am I measuring up? And by whose […]

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The Doctor is in Your Car . . . and Your iPod, and on Your TV

I was amused to read the article in today’s Wall Street Journal, The Doctor is in Your Car, highlighting the new 24-hour radio channel, Doctor Radio, on Sirius. The channel features interviews with “real” physicians (not celebrity physicians or broadcasters) and takes calls from consumers who want information or advice. Doctor Radio is a wonderful […]

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Physicians with MD, MBA in their future

Here I am with some of the physicians and clinicians enrolled in the Healthcare Executive MBA (HCEMBA) program at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. I was there last week as an invited speaker to lead a workshop, “Career Strategies for Physicians and Healthcare Leaders.” What a great group of people!— and an excellent […]

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What Direction Can Your Career Take: 5 Ways to Think Big

When my physician clients first come to me for coaching, they often view their career options in one of three ways:  1) they have no idea what their options are, or 2) they have too many ideas and can’t sort them according to what’s realistic or practical, or 3) — and this is the most […]

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Focus More on Using Your Peak Experiences, Not Just Your Medical Experiences

—————– A question that I am often asked by physicians who are a crossroads in their career is this: “How can I make use of all my medical experience?” Implicit in this question is the desire and expectation that your experience as a physician or a leader should advance stepwise toward higher levels. Higher levels […]

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Physicians “Falling Down” – doesn’t have to be the case

Last week the New York Times ran an article on professions that are “falling down” and noted that physicians are among this group (along with lawyers) who are experiencing a loss of professional luster. “In the days when a successful career was built on a number of tacitly recognized pillars — outsize pay, long-term security, […]

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Are You on the Verge of a “Noah Moment”?

The movie preview for “Evan Almighty” had been rolling around in my head for a couple of days, and then one of my clients said something interesting during a strategy meeting. She said “I had a Noah moment” — in reference to a current feeling she was experiencing. It was the feeling of being […]

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Doctor, Is it Time for You to Take a Sabbatical?

Imagine this: spending a year in southern France writing that book that’s been rolling around in your head; spending nine months completing a certificate program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine; volunteering with Doctors Without Borders and providing medical services in Indonesia; traveling around the world in 80 days with your spouse and children; staying home […]

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