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The contemporary career map of an entrepreneurial physician

I am a big believer in evolution. Of the world, of the human being over the span of a life, of a professional career. As a current entrepreneurial physician and business owner, with a zig zagging career spanning more than 25 years, I'm acutely aware that to thrive, I must evolve. When I was a kid, our family doctor was a crusty, opinionated, spry man who loved his patients and who'd given his life to his general practice. I recall him sitting at my brother's bedside for an entire night during an attack of croup, ready to do a tracheotomy if needed... as he later confided to my mom. He......
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Sales expertise is a must have for entrepreneurial physicians

I can feel the collective shudder from all you physician entrepreneur wannabes at the mere mention of the word "sales". Personal experience has taught me just how uncomfortable marketing and sales are for physicians, and for most professionals in general. And yet, if you want to succeed in business as an entrepreneurial physician, you must learn to sell! There, I've said that dirty word. Rule 8 of Bill Murphy Jr's "The Intelligent Entrepreneur: How 3 Harvard Business School graduates learned the 10 rules of successful entrepreneurship" is Learn To Sell. In fact, Murphy feels so strongly......
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Five attitudes to achieving physician satisfaction

I began participating in Professor Rao's three-month Creativity and Personal Mastery program last weekend and, even now, I find my mind drifting back to the deep, insightful conversations our small group engaged in. Our focus was happiness – what is it? Where does it come from? And how can we create it for ourselves? The underlying question we were grappling with is "How can we live a life of joy in the face of all the stresses of our everyday existences?" Pretty heavy stuff – hey? Since I derived so much value from the discussion, I decided to share some of our insights with you. If you t......
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For happiness at your physician business try the five ways to wellbeing

I was inspired to create this post title by a new article that came out in the online Harvard Business Review today – "Happiness and Your Company." By now, my readers know of my fascination with the topic of what makes humans happy and specifically what makes physicians happy at work! This seems an especially relevant topic, given that all indicators suggest rising unhappiness in the physician workplace. What is particularly interesting to note is how governments and nations are beginning to recognize the economic significance and impact of happiness and well-being at work. This perspec......
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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." Even now, as uncertainty swirls in the air with a wildly bucking stock market, talk of a double-dip recession, and the ever-looming threat of healthcare reform, I recognize my own business needs to adapt to circumstances and to undergo yet more change. So, rather than sitting by idly with my fingers crossed and hoping for the best, I am scanning the horizon for new opportunities... Wh......
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