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Looking for participation at a staff meeting?

We’ve all been there…you book a staff meeting…people are late…two people are off sick…people are still late…you run around the office asking if people will attend…physicians are too busy…nurses are dealing with an elderly patient…you have 3 staff members there, eating their breakfast…you start…you ask a question…no one talks…you share a new policy…no one talks…you …

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Knowing isn’t doing

“Leadership” is a lot about behaviours that positively impact others. Many of these behaviours are fairly standard ‘respect and decency’ type. Some of you may be thinking “um, that’s obvious, isn’t it?” When we talk about these foundational behaviours, it might seem like it’s obvious. Well, in many respects it is – most of us …

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Turning negative self-talk into positive action (imposter thinking part 2)

In the last post – Do worry that someone, someday will find you out? (Imposter thinking part 1) – we explained a little about imposter syndrome. We also posed the question as to whether we could use this negative self-dialogue for good. In this post we will give some practical tips to help deal with …

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Do worry that someone, someday will find you out? (imposter thinking part 1)

Imposter syndrome – what is it? The term ‘Imposter Syndrome’ was first used by two clinical psychologists – Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in 1978. They used it to refer to apparently successful people who are convinced that they do not deserve the success that they have. While technically this ‘syndrome’ is not an actual …

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Shifting the balance for greater leadership – part 1

Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the hours you work or the projects you are juggling? When coaching new and experienced healthcare managers, I’ve noticed a trend of ‘burn-out’ and ‘over-load’ being discussed as serious issues in the workplace. It is concerning to hear these managers talk about the long hours they work, the …

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Change frustration – “I get it, so why don’t they?

Do you know that saying…”the more things change, the more they stay the same”? Ain’t that the truth?! Implementing change in healthcare can be challenging. In a 2012 article, the authors used evaluations of healthcare improvement programs to identify ten core challenges to improving quality in healthcare. It may be no surprise, that amongst aspects …

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Silence is golden

Leadership involves words – careful, inspiring, words of clarity. What many forget, is that silence is also critical to effective leadership. In recent months, I’ve been coaching several healthcare leaders, all with varying objectives, and varying skills. One in particular springs to mind when I think of the power of silence. This leader is enthusiastic, …

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