Take a look at my post “Coaching Physicians to Become Leaders” at the Harvard Business Review blog.
Physicians have not been trained to lead large health care organizations. As a result, many physician leaders feel overwhelmed, stuck in transition, and trapped in a time warp.
Physicians and their organizations increasingly turn to executive coaches to help physician leaders practice and fine-tune their newly acquired skills and knowledge. It gives these physicians time with an unbiased and well-trained colleague where they can explore how to best use leadership as a medical art.
Read the full post here: “Coaching Physicians to Become Leaders“
You know that one abrasive and argumentative individual? The one who kills the messenger and handles bad news poorly?
They expose a critical weakness—their inability to handle emotions. And as they continue their pattern of unregulated emotions, their power will wane. They will fail.
And how about you?
Leadership Rule #1: Manage Your Emotions.
The first rule of leadership is that you need to manage your own emotions.
If you get wiggy with bad news, people will stop telling you the bad news. When you scare colleagues and reports with your anger, they’ll feed you what you want to hear—a mythical alternate reality—to satisfy your aggressive nature. And you’ll fail.
Managing our emotions is one of the most difficult tasks we face. Yet many potential leaders disregard this crucial skill – and they fail.
Learn How to Manage Emotions →
The handle bar of the snowmobile fractured his ribs.
Nice guy. Mid-60s. Talkative and generous in his remarks.
It occurred yesterday. He thought it would heal by itself.
Didn’t want to bother us. But now he was a little breathless.
His lung was punctured. His skin was full of air. It crackled and popped as I rubbed the betadine on his chest in preparation for the procedure.
I numbed his skin and ribs.
I pushed the 6-inch metal trocar into his chest.
He started to die.
What Have We Done? →
Here I sit, drenched in flop sweat.
I have been discovered.
It is true. I—a physician—promoted some tweets on Twitter.
And more important: Am I any different than those drug reps I block from my department and whom others hide under tables to ignore?
Read on, brave reader, I will reveal the sordid details.
Read the Sordid Details →
Primary care is not:
- the physician,
- the office visit,
- the lab,
- the nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant,
- a phone call or instant message from a health coach,
- a capitation or an E&M code,
- an algorithm,
- a blood pressure, blood glucose, or daily weight,
- a discussion board, or
- a wellness class.
Read about Primary Care →
Health care is on the verge of a beautiful disruption.
Technology is driving a liberation of data that will fundamentally change our relationship with our patients.
In this brief blog, we’ll:
- look at technology’s effects on grocery stores (and why we should care),
- highlight some innovative companies that are disrupting health care, and
- put it all together to recognize how patients will command more control over health care decisions and spending.
But first—grocery stores.
Read about Health Care Disruption →
I am beginning to think that Facebook can be something more than a HIPAA violation engine for healthcare.
I’m admittedly not much of Facebook user. I have my own Facebook profile that I occasionally use to post family movies or to say “Hi!” to friends I had in high school 30 years ago. However, that “how are you doing” introduction is often accompanied by an awkward pause…and then I don’t know what else to type in the little text box and we both move on to the next long lost friend.
Three things recently drew my attention to Facebook.
First, I was excited to hear that the hospital where I serve as Medical Staff President was awarded a social media award. This prompted me to go look at their Facebook fan page. It’s well done! Interesting pictures from our hospital’s 84-year history, highlights of recent re-certification as a Primary Stroke Center, and videos of our physicians on the news. Plus, it has a bunch more followers than other local hospitals.
Second, while sitting next my wife at the kitchen table I noticed that she was looking at my daughter’s orthodontist’s Facebook fan page. That office is a happening place. Lots of laughing, goofy photos, and healthy teeth. As I glanced through the pictures of smiling patients and caregivers, it made me think that I might want to have braces, again.
Finally, I’ve become more aware of an increasing number of websites are rating physicians. Yelp rates physicians, government sites reveal physician ratings, and even Zagat moved into the “is your doctor hot or not” business. But what can a physician do?
Read about Facebook Physicians →
You don’t have enough time. Your schedule is full, there’s work to get done, and there are so many things to figure out. You’ve got bigger plans for your career and you want to spend more time with family.
So you decide to delegate.
You’ll do the things that absolutely require your expertise and find others to do the rest. And you’ll accomplish more. It’s simple.
But delegating is not as easy as saying, “You do this!” Some tasks require guidance, some require research, and others create questions to consider. It’s a deliberate practice that requires some thought.
Learn How to Delegate →
One of the perks of coaching and leading physicians is that I get to work with a bunch of wicked smart people. Medicine has a culture of knowledge sharing that accelerates learning. Each consult, each meeting, and each visit is an opportunity to learn a really interesting chunk of wisdom or a different approach to an issue from a well-educated colleague.
This week I share my Top 5 Favorite Business Books. Which books do you think I missed?
Read the Top 5 Business Books→
If you talk to a disruptive physician, you can figure out what is wrong with your hospital. (Or with your group.)
Read How to Figure It Out →