Change for physicians: eating the elephant one spoon at a time
As a physician who has been through multiple personal and professional changes, I have learned to tackle the immensity of big change just like the old joke, “How do you eat an elephant? One spoon at a time.”
- Have an early evening pizza party for a couple of hours in the office and invite the employees to each come up with one small change in the medical practice that would improve their lives and that preferably they could institute. Vote on the best idea and give a $25 gift card for the winner.
- Do some Internet research on the “next career” that interests you most (allow yourself a little fantasy here!) and then reach out, through LinkedIn or some other network, to initiate a conversation — even if it is just to learn more about that person and his or her work
- Scour a few flea markets, with a budget limit set in advance, for some fun or interesting items to decorate your patient waiting room, after that fresh coat of paint (an inexpensive quick facelift)
- Brainstorm ways to boost your income with an extra gig – a nursing home medical director, some expert witness work, a part-time hospice medical director, a reputable weight loss program your patients would benefit from
- Find a medical staff or hospital committee to serve on that aligns with your interests and offers a leadership experience – Medical Ethics, Medical Information Technology, Process Improvement, Six Sigma Change, Quality Initiatives in your department etc.
Philippa Kennealy ran a private family practice, and a hospital, before building her coaching business helping MDs launch and run successful practices and businesses. Visit her online at www.entrepreneurialMD.com to learn more.