Micro Blessings

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Micro Blessings

Let's restore some balance to the force with a hidden super power that is just a breath away.

Since everyone's days are sprinkled with micro-aggressions, hassles, social isolation, masks, political conflict and more - it can feel like you are only just barely keeping your lips above the floodwaters. 

It's been a tough year for all of us and there is no end in sight
... AND ...
do not forget you have a choice.
In every moment you have the ability to notice the negative, release it and swim against that current. 

Our reticular activating system and our physician programming give us a natural laser focus on what is going wrong. We are also surrounded by things going right at the very same time.

Tags: stop physician burnout, physician mindfulness

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Work Life Balance for Physicians – Three Steps to Saying NO with Elegance and Grace

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Work Life Balance for Doctors – the Power of a Positive “NO”

Choosing to go to medical school and become a Physician is a lot like inviting an 800 pound gorilla to be a permanent house guest. Gorillas are big, take up a lot of space, eat all your food and are not house trained … so there are messes to clean up every week.

Your quality of life - for you and your family - will depend in large part on a skill you will never learn in your medical education; how to say the two letter magic word of life balance. That word is "NO".

In this blog post, let me teach you when, where and how to say, "NO" with some elegance and grace.

Tags: stop physician burnout, physician work life balance, physician communication skills

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Physician Leadership – 3 Reasons Doctors Make Naturally Lousy Leaders

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Leadership Skills – Why Doctors Make Poor Leaders and What YOU Can Do About It

One of the big practice challenges most physicians face is a frustrating gap in our leadership skills. We step out of residency and are instantly installed as the leader of a care team, wedged into the middle of a complex bureaucracy of non-physician administrators.

Tags: Physician Leadership, stop physician burnout, physician communication skills

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Stop Physician Burnout - 6 Levels of Practice-Life Integration

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Stop physician burnout - understand the six levels of integration between your life and your practice

  • You are Not Your Practice.
  • Your Practice is Not You.
  • You are in a Relationship - an intricate dance with a long and dysfunctional history.

When you recognize the nature of your relationship with your practice - and begin to actively manage it - physician burnout becomes far less likely. 

Many physicians are FUSED with their practice.

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Tragically this learned behavior puts you, your career and your family at risk.

Tags: stop physician burnout

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Physician Leadership - Trust versus Performance by Simon Sinek

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Leadership - Trust vs. Performance on your Teams

Looking to build a high performing team?
Will it have physicians on it?
Let me show you a simple way to build a better team and understand the team's performance - good, bad and ugly.

Here is a video by leadership expert Simon Sinek that reveals how a military elite team picks its members - the Navy Seals. I believe the simple two-part lesson in this video is key to understanding physician behavior on teams as well. 

He asked the question:

"How do you choose people that go on Seal Team 6?"

Tags: Physician Leadership

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