Category Archives: work life balance

It’s Time to Show Up – a physician coach’s perspective

A friend of mine was chastised through her childhood for being too enthusiastic – “people aren’t like that,” she was told.  Instead, she was encouraged to “tone it down,” which apparently made those around her feel more comfortable.  Another friend is committed to … Continue reading

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Our perfect patients: how physicians can mold our practice to optimize everyone’s satisfaction

An internist recently shared a story about an elderly couple – both were her patients.  One day, the woman remarked, “I love you, because you tell me what you think.”  The doctor was flattered that her style was appreciated.  She felt … Continue reading

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Physics yesterday – a physician coach declutters

We are moving – again.  As a friend pointed out, it gives us the opportunity to clear out more things that we no longer use. Our problem is that we are so emotionally tied to many of those outdated things … Continue reading

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Let’s talk friends, again: a physician coach’s RX for a happier life

Recently I wrote about Facebook friends and suggested that we each make some time to contact those people who are our real friends. This suggestion was based on data that shows that those with friends and support systems live longer and … Continue reading

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Be the Re-decider! A physician coach’s RX for a less stressful life

Many years ago our daughter signed up for a summer program, excited about the experience she anticipated she would have. What she encountered was quite different, and she instantly knew the program was not right for her. Although she was … Continue reading

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Aim in front of the ball – a physician coach’s perspective

On a recent trip to Newport RI, we took a golf lesson.  I admire instructors who are able to observe a student and understand exactly what needs to change.  It’s usually a very small aspect of what we’re doing, but they pick … Continue reading

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Make the right thing easy – a physician coach looks at change

During the decade in which I tried, in vain, to become a competent horsewoman, I had the good fortune to work with a smart, experienced horse trainer.  In her beautiful North Carolina drawl, Debbie told me to lift the reins and put pressure … Continue reading

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Dodging those Queen or King Bees – a physician coach’s recommendation

While the Queen Bee Syndrome is usually used to describe a woman in power who limits opportunities for other women (the book by that name was the foundation for the movie, Mean Girls), Bernice Sandler, considered to be the “Godmother … Continue reading

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Take a moment to listen to the voice of success: a physician coach listens and learns

As someone who loves to learn, I have gotten myself into many periods of overwhelm as I take on more things than I have time to deal with. Most recently, I signed up for a training I was really excited … Continue reading

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Compassion: a simple way to a more peaceful life – a physician coach’s choice

As I walked through a parking garage the other day, a very surprising thing happened. This garage isn’t well designed – there is barely enough space for cars to drive in and out and some of the parking spots are pretty tight.  The driver … Continue reading

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