Coaches Corner Articles/Blogs

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Inspiring Leaders, Managers  and Emerging Leaders to BE Their Best

Articles/blog posts are written by LEAD experienced certified coaches with behavioral health backgrounds and training in such areas as life span development, emotional and social intelligence, stress resilience, burnout, communication and team dynamics, conflict management, and the neuroscience of leadership.


Physicians and Health Care Professionals Need Good Sleep, Too! LEAD Coaching Can Help

April 27, 2018 — You have been awoken by a resident, fellow or nurse about patient questions every night you’ve been on call. You can sense your grumpiness and fatigue rising up in your voice. What they do not know is that you have not slept very well for a long period of time due to your high workload, patient complications and logging late into the work computer to stay current with your clinical notes. You know the importance of sleep, but just can’t seem to get a solid night’s rest. This is becoming the norm rather than the exception. Read more.


Leading with a LEAD Perspective: Five Mindset Strategies in Leading Others You May Not Have Been Told

December 21, 2017 — It is exciting to move into a leadership role, whether it is as first time (as a supervisor, preceptor, manager, physician- or nurse-leader as division chief, department and unit or team lead, etc., or as an executive) or a seasoned leader promoted. With the excitement of professional advancement, there can be simultaneously a sense of “angst” usually regarding expectations whether for yourself, by those around you, below you and above you! You are setting out on a path that may be totally new terrain, even if you have been in the same workplace for years. Read More


Health Care Professionals, Know Your Signs: Are You Moving from Flourishing to Gradual Burnout?

October 16, 2017 — Burnout can happen to anyone. Physician burnout is at a record high in health care organizations. In an article by Seligson, executive vice president and CEO of the North Carolina Medical Society stated in the North State Journal and in Med Page Today, “The mean average burnout rate for all physicians is almost 46 percent and for emergency medicine physicians it’s as high as 60 percent.” Nurses and administrators working in high demand and time compressed work environments may possibly not be too far behind. Burnout affects morale, productivity, retention, absenteeism, presenteeism, teams and even career direction. Read More


Your Neural-Network Plays a Role in Leading and Team Dynamics: Get Out of Reacting, Move into Responding

August 21, 2017 — Perceptions form our reality and interpretations become the guide post in how we interrupt that reality. Leaders often come into their roles from various social, cultural and educational backgrounds, which are predicated on values, experiences and a library of beliefs, attitudes and successes. The leader funnels all of these unique experiences into their decision making, rationales and choice outcomes.Silently in the background is the signaling of a symphony of neurotransmitters influencing the leader’s thought formations, reactions and behaviors. This quiet “humming” of the orchestra of biochemical changes can be very insightful for emerging and senior leaders in understanding communication dynamics, interpersonal and/or team-based situations. Whether the leader knows it or not, their interactions with others create a release of neurotransmitters, such as Cortisol and Oxytocin, sometimes in concert, in the midst of many other biochemical releases. Read More


Is There a Difference Between Executive and Leadership Coaching?

June 14, 2017 — Not really. The impact of executive and leadership are focused in the same direction, which is in the development or refinement of the leader in the context of their work, direct reports and or work environment. How this is achieved may slightly differ. In executive coaching, an executive is usually a health care leader who has risen in the ranks, can have various levels of direct and indirect reports and focused toward moving the various parts of the organization forward through vision, mission and enhancing strategic skills. However, all leaders may not be “executives.” Leaders can be all throughout the organization, both in formal and informal positions that are adding value to the advancement of the organization. Read More


What Is Leadership (Development) Coaching?

April 11, 2017 — Leading is about inspiring others to follow. Leadership development is like an umbrella encompassing many areas, such as creating a shared vision; developing and empowering people; thinking systemically, strategically and globally; building partnerships; refining political savvy; anticipating opportunities and leading change; enhancing skills to manage challenging conversations; handling difficult personalities, interpersonal tensions and conflict snafus; being attune to personal and professional impact; fostering key emotional intelligence competencies, to mention a few areas. Read More