The Physician's 2017 Breakthrough Process - one hour to make 2017 your best year yet

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

In just one hour, answering these 10 questions can make 2017 your best year yet

In large part, your happiness in 2017 depends on the following thought experiment …

Imagine it is actually 12 months from now ... it is Christmas of NEXT Year ...
as you look back on your 2017 ...
you break out in a grin of satisfaction ... 
and say to yourself ... "wow, what a year" ...

What is driving this warm, happy feeling?

  • What are the successes of 2016 (this year) you have been able to build on?
  • What have you changed / accomplished / experienced / let go of in the year 2017?
  • What are the old problems/challenges you have been able to solve - or simply let go of -for the first time?

What would it take to make 2017 YOUR Best Year Yet?

Take a single hour now to fill out the Physician's 2017 Breakthrough Process Worksheet -- and watch the difference it makes ...

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Physician Leadership Video Training - Leadership's #1 Skill

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

What is the #1 skill of quality physician leadership?

The answer may surprise you.

What I can tell you is that being a great clinician does not teach you this skill. In fact, our medical education sets us up to be naturally ineffective leaders.

I am not just talking about physicians in official leadership positions here. All physicians are leaders. We all have people who look up to us for guidance, answers, wisdom and vision. So let's get you the skill set you need to do a great job.

Once you learn this key skill 

  • You will see your team perform better than ever
  • And you won't be working nearly as hard as you do now

In the brief video below you will learn this master skill and the "Lone Ranger" test to know exactly when you need to throw it into gear.

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The Physician's 2016 Breakthrough Process

Posted by Dike Drummond MD


In just one hour, answering these 10 questions can make 2016 your best year yet

In large part, your happiness in 2015 depends on the following thought experiment …

In large part, your happiness in 2015 depends on the following thought experiment …

Imagine it is actually 12 months from now ... it is Christmas of NEXT Year ...
as you look back on your 2016 ...
you break out in a grin of satisfaction ... 
and say to yourself ... "wow, what a year" ...

What is driving this warm, happy feeling?

  • What are the successes of 2015 (this year) you have been able to build on?
  • What have you changed / accomplished / experienced / let go of in your2016?
  • What are the old problems/challenges you have been able to solve for the first time?

What would it take to make 2016 YOUR Best Year Yet?

Take a single hour now to PUT YOU FIRST in 2016 and watch the difference it makes ...

Print out the worksheets of the Breakthrough Process to get started ... 

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The Physician's 2015 Breakthrough Process

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

In just one hour, answering these 10 questions could make 2015 your best year yet

In large part, your happiness in 2015 depends on the following thought experiment …

Imagine it is Christmas of Next Year and you are looking back on 2015, a big grin on your face. It has been a marvelous year, filled with firsts for you in your practice and you and your family ... outside of work.

What is driving your sense of satisfaction.

  • What are the successes of 2014 you have been able to build on?
  • What have you changed / accomplished / experienced / let go of?
  • What are the old problems/challenges you have been able to solve for the first time?

Exactly what would it take to make 2015 YOUR Best Year Yet?

Let’s make it a year of breakthrough success, happiness and satisfaction … both in your practice and in your larger life. What do you say? Here is the 2015 Breakthrough Planning Process.

Your experience of 2015 depends on setting and keeping specific intentions and goals for the year. To get what you want, you have to slow down and figure out what that is. We invite you to invest an hour in getting clear on your ideal vision for 2015 using specially worded questions designed to help you focus and prioritize. Take some time to put YOU first.

Otherwise the #800 gorilla that is your medical career will continuel to drive your life, leaving you just scraps of time and energy around the edges. 

Here is TheHappyMD.com 2015 Breakthrough Planning Process specifically designed to help you breakthrough in those areas where you are feeling stuck – at work or home. These 10 highly focused questions only take a relaxed hour yet can make a massive difference in your quality of life in the 12 months ahead. Ready? 

Print out the worksheets to get started

DOWNLOAD the 2015 Breakthrough Process Now

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Physician Burnout Book - The first step by step guide to your Ideal Practice

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Physician Burnout Book - "Stop Physician Burnout - what to do when working harder isn't working"

Here's the first step-by-step guide to lower your stress levels, prevent physician burnout, build a more ideal practice and a more balanced life.

We have taken over 1637 hours of experience from one-on-one coaching with physician clients and packed it all into our first physician burnout book. This is the first comprehensive manual any doctor can use to stop physician burnout ... and along the way build a more ideal practice, no matter what your specialty.

Here's the Table of Contents, a sample chapter on why Physician Burnout is not actually a "problem" and links to learn more and get your own personal copy.

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Physician Burnout Workshop Tweet Stream #AAFP2014

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physican Burnout Workshop the AAFP Scientific Assembly in Washington DC

Here is the Twitter stream on the day of our Burnout Proof Workshop on the main stage at the AAFP Scientific Assembly.

The room held 4000 and we packed it out. Here is what the people had to say live and in person during the live workshop and the book signing for our new book, "Stop Physician Burnout - what to do when working harder isn't working" the next day.

281 tweets and 37 attached images from attendees are below. This is one of the highest and best uses of Twitter and the next best thing to being there.

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Jen BrullFri at 12:31 PM

Mic check with @dikedrummond #backstage at #AAFP2014. (He's awesome, BTW.) #almosttime

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Physician Burnout Lessons from Albert Einstein

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout Lessons from Albert Einstein

Time and time again I end up quoting Einstein to my physician burnout coaching clients.

The two quotes in this short video are so powerful when it comes to recognizing and reversing physician burnout. Learn them by heart and live them in your practice and your life. You will be way ahead of the game when you do.

I am not sure what the link is between physics and work-life balance. Perhaps there are basic and immutable laws that apply in both arenas. All I know is when I am working with client on physician burnout issues ... all you have to do is memorize these two laws and then live them and you will quickly reverse the downward spiral.

 

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Physician Burnout - How to Turn the Corner

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician burnout: How to turn the corner in your life and practice

No matter how exhausted and overworked you may feel right now -- no matter how frustrated with your practice or your out-of-balance life you may be -- there is a way to turn this corner.

Working harder is not the answer though

If you want different results in your life, you must take different actions

What got you here won't get you there

Don't fall into this trap

You can get to a place where you are running so fast - just to keep up with your current reality - that you don't have time to do anything more or anything different. I have heard people say over and over, "I am too busy to even think about doing things differently". 

Here is the key to getting out of this Catch 22, the key to getting out of this mind trap.

You have to find a way to step out of the flow of your life - in order to see things from a more strategic point of view - where the things you want to change can come into sharp focus

This lesson actually came to me from the world of the entrepreneur. 

You see, a person starting a small business can often end up overwhelmed by the details of being a solo entrepreneur. There is so much to do to coordinate your product/service, marketing, accounting and payroll and managing employees. It is a fairly close match for all the balls a physician has to keep up in the air -- and it can get equally unbalanced. 

Entrepreneurs have to learn this mantra sooner or later

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Multitasking makes you stupid - do these 3 things instead

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Multitasking makes you stupid 

The neuroscience is clear, multitasking does not work. It is not a "skill" you can develop. It is not something you can possibly get good at. Multitasking is an urban myth in my opinion. In a healthcare setting, it can actually threaten patient's lives.

The reason multitasking does not work is simple to explain

Your attention - the bandwidth of your awareness - has a finite capacity. There is only so much attention to go around. You get the best results when you give ALL of it to a single task or observation.

If you are doing one thing ... say reading an MRI report on one of your patients

And you add in a second activity at the same time ... say taking a phone call (and trying to continue to read the MRI report)

Your available attention for each individual activity has instantly been cut in half. You are now half as good at reviewing an MRI report -- and your phone conversation will have half the quality it would if that was the only thing you were doing.

Congratulations - your multitasking (just two tasks in this case) has allowed you to instantly do a half-assed job. Unfortunately we are just getting started.

Here is the mathmatical relationship between multitasking and quality

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Physician Burnout - Who Will Save Us

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout - Who will Save Us?

In this article you will learn why Physician Burnout is a Physician Leadership Issue and what to do when you realize no one is coming to rescue you.

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In articles and comments all over the internet, physicians do the same thing - blame, justify and complain about the work stresses we are under.

It is a futile show of frustration despite the fact that our concerns are legitimate.

On average 1 in 3 physicians are suffering from symptomatic burnout on any give office day. New levels of work stress seem to pile on each week. You can feel the longing to be rescued.

It is as if we are locked high in the castle tower, at the mercy of our evil captors - EMR, ICD-10 and Obamacare. Surely the king of everything that is right has dispatched a brave night to free us.

We shake our fists and ask "who is going to do something about this?" We dream of being rescued from these days of drudgery. This is not what we thought our practice would be like back in training.

All of these concerns are true and valid. AND understand one thing ...

Complaining and dreaming of a rescue is Playing the Victim - Pure and Simple

There is no brave knight coming to save you or anyone else

This only distracts you from Saving Yourself

Let me set a framework for addressing burnout effectively - the straightest path to meaningful change in your work day and your organization.

In the end you will see that Burnout is a Physician Leadership issue.

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