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What does NO make possible? – a physician coach examines options

NO The very sound of the word implies selfishness. Disapproval. Deprivation. Not many positive emotions or ideas seem to result from saying no. So, let’s change that, shall we? Many of us have difficulty saying no, even when we don’t want … Continue reading

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What do you want in your suitcase?

It’s been a busy few months, full of several wonderful trips.  French Polynesia where we were rained on daily; hot, sunny Dominican Republic; Mammoth Mountain and its crisp days; and Philadelphia with bitter cold and wind.  For each trip, I packed the same … Continue reading

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How are we each good? A physician coach debunks “better”

There we sat: 32 accomplished professionals from around the world.  Physicians, human resource professionals, career counselors, organizational development specialists, coaches – even 3 police officers.  Each day of our recent training in the Myers-Briggs personality inventory assessment ended with a quiz.  As the … Continue reading

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Speaking up – an important service to society in the eyes of a physician coach

On a recent trip, I volunteered to help with physicals for some aspiring baseball players. Part of the evaluation was asking each person if he used smokeless tobacco, an unfortunately common habit among baseball players. Surprisingly, a good number acknowledged they did. … Continue reading

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Looking back to move forward in an intentional way – how to jumpstart physician coaching for 2015

Wow – 2014 sure went by fast, don’t you think? A wise, Native American Shaman once told me that her people believe time is actually speeding up.  Certainly, as the years go by, the time in front of us feels shorter … Continue reading

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Open Book Medicine – a physician coach recommends curiosity

Today was one of those days when I knew why I went into medicine.  Among my new patients were two with complicated medical histories.  One was treated by a physician and improved.  But a second  physician emphatically told her she should never have had the … Continue reading

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Being a rose seed: a physician coach looks at growth with anticipation and trust

It’s sometimes hard to answer the question, “What kind of doctor are you?”  I resist the temptation to answer, “a good one, I hope.”  Instead, I explain that I care for patients with vein disorders but am also a physician coach, … Continue reading

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What’s still here? A Physician Coach’s Perspective

Several years ago, on a beautiful and sunny day in Mammoth, I was skiing with a friend.  Gone were our days racing down the black diamonds; we now cruised the blue, intermediate runs.  Wistfully, we acknowledged that we had changed.  We had … Continue reading

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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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