Monthly Archives: July 2014

Becoming Great

I visited a friend in Washington, DC this past weekend. We walked on the mall Friday night to the Lincoln Memorial. It was a beautiful evening. The lighting inside the memorial was subdued except for lights accenting the massive marble statue of Lincoln, sitting there, gaze fixed toward the WashingtonMonument...
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The Insignificant Other

We speak of a significant other(s), substitute words for a spouse, a lover, a boyfriend or girlfriend. These are special people in our lives who hold significance or special meaning to us. They are our intimate partners in life. We know our significant others very well. We can call them...
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The Opposite of Burnout – ENGAGEMENT

I have defined the hallmarks of professional burnout in previous posts. But, what is the opposite of burnout and how is that defined? If you will recall, the burnout syndrome is three dimensional with the salient features of exhaustion, cynicism and inefficacy. So, what exactly is the opposite of burnout?...
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Burnout versus Flameout

Are you feeling burned out or has your flame (passion) become extinguished? Both can leave you stuck but each are distinctly different. Although neither state is desirable, If I had a choice I would rather flameout than burnout  and here are the reasons why. Burnout is comprised of three main...
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POWERFUL WORDS

You’ve seen them. You’ve read them. You’ve heard them. I’m talking about powerful words. You knew they were powerful the moment you read them or heard them because not only did you read them and hear them, you felt them. You felt them deep inside. Perhaps they caught you by...
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When Resilience Really Counts.

I have had to deliver a lot of bad news to patients during my practice career. I’ve told hundreds of patients that they have tumor or cancer, that their spouse has died, that their sibling has died or that their child has died. I have had to directly inform patients...
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