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Happy Holidays! We have kicked off this annual trifecta – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Traditions and thankfulness filled the air as people ate together on Thursday (or another selected day) and shopped together on Friday! Belated Thanksgiving wishes to you all! As much as this season is intended to be joyous and magical, it...
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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to consider how gratitude can change our lives and our hearts. It might be a routine for your family around the Thanksgiving table to share what they are thankful for this past year. Practicing gratitude is something that is not just a once a year activity. There is research to...
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A few years ago, I finally decided to take up the guitar, a long-time goal of mine. After playing for a while and becoming reasonably proficient, at least at the basics, I was asked by a friend to play and sing at his wedding. I thought, “Why not? I do pretty well in my study...
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Despite the rise of rudeness and incivility in politics and in society in general, compassion is making a strong comeback in business and leadership. What does it mean to be compassionate? And if you dedicated one full day to acts of compassion, what would you do differently? To help my graduate students in Healthcare Administration at...
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Last week, I had the great fortune of speaking to a select group of anesthesiologists and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) at the North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA). These physicians and CRNAs are service excellence champions that had stepped up and volunteered to help their organizations improve service and satisfaction for its surgical patients....
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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain Having a clear sense of purpose is a powerful motivator. One of the best resources I provide people is teaching them how to gain clarity around what they are trying to...
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There is no shortage of leadership definitions. In fact, a search on Amazon reveals well over 60,000 book titles on leadership, alone. No doubt many, if not all, of the authors hold and define their own description of the discipline. At the risk of adding to this mix, I would like to discuss mine. My...
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I often talk with my coaching clients about “heads-up” versus “heads-down” time. Heads-up time is when leaders shift from doing to being, allowing time to think, to meditate. Heads-down down is the everyday doing. As leaders we need both, but too often we find ourselves stuck in heads-down. This morning I took a walk on...
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It is all about the taper. In a former life, I was an exercise physiologist and competitive swimming coach. In my youth, I was a competitive swimmer. None of us were famous, neither the coach nor the swimmers. We had a mix of talent. Some were national champions and record holders, and most were not. However,...
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Six Practical Tips for Finding Happiness There is an abundance of driven executives in healthcare. Leaders who engage with me have a high work ethic. They are willing to put in many hours and have a strong vision for themselves and their organizations. They are motivated and want healthcare to be the best it can...
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