Physicians: You Need to be Skilled in Interpersonal Communications and Set Clear Expectations

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Physician Leadership | 0 comments

Physicians: Set clear expectations with your staff, colleagues, patients, and anyone you supervise. If you struggle with this skill, improve it as part of your professional development. Doing so will increase your effectiveness and enjoyment of medicine. Getting started A simple guide for getting started appears in an article by Janice Sabatine, PhD, Managerial Effectiveness: A Quick Guide to Setting Clear Expectations. She says that during your training, you reach your professional level as a result of your many strengths and despite your...

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Confessions of a Pro-Social Psychopath: Physicians, Your Quirks Are Key to Greater Professional Fulfillment

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Physician Professional Fulfillment | 0 comments

We all have quirks–a tendency to dominate, criticize, become inpatient, act as if our judgment is the best, or overlook the needs of others. Some of these helped us survive training and early professional life. But later on they may interfere with the team play and communication necessary for professional fulfillment. These behaviors endure because our training doesn’t emphasize effective communication and how to get along with others. It encourages us to think independently, master facts, and become technically competent –...

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Philosophy of Success and Structure of my signature physician coaching program

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Physician Leadership | 0 comments

I’m Daniel Hayes, MD, Executive Coach for Physicians. I assist physicians return balance to their life or improve their leadership. My signature one-on-one coaching program is called Physician Performance Advantage. Structure The structure of this six-month program has four phases: 1. Discovery The first phase, Discovery, occurs prior to an actual face-to-face meeting. My clients complete several tools, including an assessment of how they response to challenges and what motivate them. Then, if appropriate, I interview some of their...

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Physician Leaders – Worried About Leading? The Path Was Never So Clear

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Physician Leadership | 0 comments

Doctor, are you eager to make changes in your department or clinic but worry about where to begin? Look no further! A legendary 8-step process for effectively leading change, first described by John Kotter in 1995 and now available in his new book Leading Change (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012), is a great guide for physicians willing to lead new initiatives or add leadership to their list of competencies. And for those who love algorithms? Wow! Not only will this book inspire you, it will give you tools to lead and inspire others....

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Self-care for ER Physicians: Practical Strategies to reduce physician stress and burnout

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in Self-Care for Doctors | 2 comments

I found the following discussion of practical strategies on ER physician self-care by Golberg and Barnosky (2009) very interesting. My signature program of physician coaching promotes many of them. The maintenance of wellness is critical in achieving a satisfying and productive career as a competent emergency physician. Wellness can be defined as the optimal state of health and well-being achieved through the active prevention of illness. Emergency medicine as a specialty was still in its formative years when concerns first surfaced regarding...

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Return on investment (ROI) from 6-12 months coaching executives averages $100,000

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Evidence of Value for MD Coaching | 0 comments

Return on investment from 6-12 months coaching averaged nearly $100,000–or 6 times its initial cost–among executives (McGovern et al, 2001) Objective/Subjects – McGovern et al (2001) evaluated the effectiveness of executive coaching for return on investment (ROI) as well as specific behavioral change and organizational outcomes among 100 executives who received coaching (6-12 months) between 1996 and 2000. Of the participants (aged 30-59 years, 66 male), 50% held positions of vice president or above; 28% had salaries of...

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International Coaching Federation coaching efficacy study

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in Evidence of Value for MD Coaching | 0 comments

A study among survey of over 2,500 International Coach Federation (ICF) member coaches designed to assess their perception of their coaching outcomes was conducted by Grant and Zackon (2004). Overall, coaches report: Improvement in self-awareness, goal-setting, life balance, stress, self-confidence, and self-discovery in over half of coaching clients. Improvement in quality of life, communication skills, project completion, health or fitness, and relationship with supervisor and/or co-workers in over a third of clients. Improved family...

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Exceptional athletes and singers have a coach. Should a physician?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2012 in Evidence of Value for MD Coaching | 0 comments

New Yorker Magazine. October 3, 2011 Surgeon Atul Gawande got real about his inability to lower his complication rate on his own when he realized that, like most surgeons, he worked in isolation and had “no outside ears and eyes”to help him improve. But he hadn’t arrived at a solution. Then, during a chance encounter with a tennis coach. Gawande was so impressed that a “kid just out of college” could dramatically improve his serve after only a few minutes observation that he began to investigate physician...

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Physician leaders: Stand in the stew and serve the horse to your people!

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Self-Care for Doctors | 0 comments

Defining Reality: Primary Job of a Leader A thousand year old Celtic story and a corporate consultant agree: defining reality is the primary function of a leader. Leadership for Celtic chiefs and kings in Wales and Ireland involved embracing a sense of indebtedness and literally immersing themselves in service. Chiefs accessed these virtues through the instruction of magnificent horses, according to Gerald of Wales, a 12th century Welsh bishop. When he came to Britain with the Normans, Gerald was so impressed with widespread accounts of...

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Physicians, preserve your capacity to enjoy and express the Imaginal

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Self-Care for Doctors | 0 comments

┬ęDaniel Hayes CoachDanHayes 2011 The Problem: Loss of your imagination This age of information technology (IT) may hurry up your accounting information system, but it is bad for your soul. The era’s emphasis on numbers and quantities is likely to be eroding your ability to imagine. And you should consider taking action to preserve it. With its focus on information that is competitively conveyed or stored in “bits,” “bites,” and numbers, the IT era promises every advantage of quick access to data–and...

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