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The passion that led to a career in the health care field has given way to the fantasy of escape or career change

The passion that led to a career in the health care field has given way to the fantasy of escape or career change. Creative thinking feels like the last strategy to use in facing daily problems. While fixing the system is necessary, renewing the leader is essential. Renewal springs from a day-by-day personal appraisal of limiting beliefs combined with nurturing the body, mind and spirit.

APPRAISAL: REFLECTING DEEPLY

We all have created personas to achieve success and avoid emotional danger. Although this process is largely unconscious, we use personas to protect us from hurt, loss and failure. The goal is not to eliminate personas, but rather to halt their automatic behavior, escape their grip, deploy them consciously and be free to choose. To shift out of a problem persona into authentic renewal, develop the following new habits:

  • Catch Yourself––I just noticed that I’m feeling trapped by all my commitments, and I’m once again complaining about how flawed the system is.
  • Acknowledge Your Feelings––I’m frustrated that I’m trapped doing work I really don’t want to do, but which needs doing.
  • Notice Familiar Patterns––This feels all too familiar. When work needs to be done, I feel like only I can do it. I go into overwork and feel resentful toward the health care system which appears to have caused the problem.
  • Determine your Core Belief––Sacrifice is valuable. It means I’m a better person and my colleagues and family will love me more.
  • Look for Your Underlying Noble Intention––My work feels beneficial to the community, and I’m willing to sacrifice myself and my personal life to provide value.
  • Identify a “Better Idea”––I can be more effective by caring for myself rather than by sacrificing myself.

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AWARENESS: EXPERIENCING MINDFUL LIVING

Mindfulness is a moment-by-moment, non-judgmental awareness of life as it is occurring. It’s like holding up a mirror without distortion and not feeling the need to change what’s in it. Mindfulness allows you to reclaim a natural quieting of your busy mind. Daily practices, such as meditation, prayer and yoga help you shed old behaviors and restore inner peace and harmony. Mindfulness offers the opportunity to experience life directly and gradually allows you to look at the world and your place in it differently.

APPRECIATION: EXPRESSING GRATITUDE

It can be easier to criticize than to appreciate. But critical thinking, which is inherently an act of distancing, compares “what is” to what we think it should be and immediately takes us out of mindfulness. Appreciation, on the other hand, builds optimism, trust and collaboration, and opens the door to untapped creative possibilities. Appreciation is based on expressing gratitude for someone or something. When you appreciate, be genuine and specific, and state how the person’s actions truly benefited or touched you. Conscious living is the foundation for executive renewal. It’s a way of being––a daily experience rather than a mental model. The move toward health, passion and profound satisfaction can begin this moment, with a deep breath and a choice.

A successful business depends on the performance of its employees and the performance of employees depends on their job satisfaction

A successful business depends on the performance of its employees and the performance of employees depends on their job satisfaction.  Many factors can lead to a satisfied or dissatisfied employee.  Among the most important factors stated by employees are autonomy, fair policies, recognition, benefits, morale, team work, autonomy, workload, promotion and salary.

Employees who look forward to going to work each day will do a better job.  Feeling like a valuable part of the team and being recognized for their contributions is something most employees place very high in their list of job desires.  Employers can facilitate this by ensuring a fair workplace where teamwork is stressed and grievances are quickly and fairly remedied.  Suggestions made by employees should be considered and the employee given recognition if implemented.

Another good want to make employees feel like something more than a so=poke in the wheel is to allow them flexible schedules.  This promotes a feeling that their work is valued more than merely their presence.  Employees who can somewhat set their own schedules come to work to work, and not just to punch the clock and serve their time.  There are many ways for a business to do this and often companies find that flexible schedules work better for productivity also.

No one wants to come to work every day into a Machiavellian court.  Office politics are among the most complained about negative work factors.  Teamwork should be stressed and backstabbing not tolerated.  Most people have a natural tendency toward fairness and when they aren’t seeing it they tend to become jaded and less productive.

Employees also want to know exactly what is expected of them.  They don’t want to work in an environment that gives expects them to use their judgment and then punishes them if their judgment is not what management had in mind.  Clear goals and expectations are always better.

When judging an employee’s performance, managers should use clear, transparent factors such as missed work, met deadlines, peer ratings, etc.  This goes a long way in promoting a feeling of fairness in workers and eliminates the feeling that some people are getting special treatment.  Prominently display rating factors and their results.  These evaluations should be updated regularly and high performing employees should be rewarded.

Employees are not inherently disgruntled like many managers like to think.  But they will quickly become disillusioned if they feel they are being treated unfairly or that their contributions are taken for granted.  An office that works hard to eliminate these negative factors will be a productive office.

Take a minute and mentally put yourself in a place that you love

Take a minute and mentally put yourself in a place that you love. You love the sights, the sounds, the activity you are engaging in. If there are others around they are people you are excited to be with. Take a minute and put yourself in that situation mentally right now.

Now, imagine that I wanted to take you from that place to some new situation or environment that you’re not all that familiar with, but it’s a place I honestly believe will be even better for you. Even knowing that I think it’s great, how likely are you to be all that willing to leave the place you love to go with me to someplace new?

I’m guessing, not likely at all.

Of course, if I have excellent influence skills, ask you lots of questions to understand your situation/mindset, etc. and translate my suggested change into your mindset, I might be more successful.

But remember, you love the place/situation you are in. So, generally speaking, regardless of my skills of persuasion, you probably aren’t that interested. After all what you have now is pretty great. And why should you change anything, because you are completely satisfied and comfortable in the current setting.

Welcome to the power of the comfort zone.

When we are happy and comfortable where we are, why would we go anywhere else?

This simple little example is at the root of much of the challenge relating to any change effort – whether you’re trying to change a behavior, habit or thought pattern of your own, or are trying to make a change that affects others.

Realizing the critical role comfort zone plays in the thinking related to change efforts allows us to talk about some of the key elements of comfort zone and how to use them to stimulate change.

The pull of the comfort zone is strong. In the quick mental exercise we started with you can see and feel the pull of the comfort zone. At some level, stability and comfort matter to everyone. We like the known. It reduces mental and physical risk; so, we must have strong reasons to overcome this pull. “Just because” or “because it is good for the business” typically won’t be strong enough.

Everyone is different. Risk tolerances change. Happiness with the status quo differs. Every person has different preferences, which means that while the comfort zone matters to each of us, we don’t all become dissatisfied at the same rate or for the same reasons. Therefore, we aren’t all as likely to break inertia and move (i.e. change) for the same reasons or at the same time.

Vision can overcome. Most everyone would be willing to and would even choose to change – even from very comfy places (mentally, physically and emotionally) – when the new situation is seen as even better. She loves her car until the newer model comes out that does automatic parking. He’s happy with his favorite Italian restaurant until he hears people rave about the new Italian in town – including people who love his favorite too! It’s about the faster iPhone, the bigger hard drive, the revised edition of the book; you get the idea. The fact is that when given a vision of something that seems better than what you have now – however much you like what you have – you begin to become dissatisfied and uncomfortable because of the comparison.

These three facts, when you really think about them, provide useful strategies to help you overcome your personal inertia. These facts also can help you use and acknowledge your team’s, your family’s, your colleagues, anyone’s current comfort zones as a stepping stone to helping them create meaningful and valuable change.

Your comfort zone is the starting point of all change. The sooner you realize this, the more likely you are to be able to create the change you want and need.

Most of us think of warranties for our cars kind of like health insurance

Most of us think of warranties for our cars kind of like health insurance. If something goes wrong, you may have a “co-payment” but most of the cost of “care” will be covered. However, if the car you’re buying is past its manufacturer’s warranty, buying an after-market warranty for it may not always be a practical idea. The following are some things for you to keep in mind.

The first consideration you must make concerning an after-market warranty is whether or not you need one. When you’re buying a new car, the question is moot – the car will be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. Similarly, if you’re considering the purchase of a used car that has very low mileage, or that’s categorized by the manufacturer as a “certified pre-owned car,” it’s possible that the car is still under warranty from the manufacturer. If that is the case, you need to find out if the warranty will transfer to you. Don’t just take the sales person’s word for it – ask to see something in writing.

Another consideration is your personal status. If you have the financial resources to handle most repair bills easily and you’re willing to take your chances, you may not want to spend the money on a warranty. If, however, you aren’t comfortable with your financial resources or you worry that you could find yourself stuck paying a large repair bill, then by all means investigate the possibility of getting an after-market warranty. Your decision should depend on your personal financial situation and your willingness and ability to handle the cost of repairs.

There are also some automobile dealerships that regularly offer limited warranties on used cars as an incentive to get buyers to do business with them. They are generally very happy to talk about these plans, so calling up several different dealerships will give you a good idea of who offers warranties and what the general terms are.

Your next consideration should be whether or not the car is eligible. Assuming the car isn’t covered under a manufacturer’s warranty and the automobile dealership isn’t offering a warranty, look at the mileage on the car. If the odometer reading is 100,000 miles or more, you’ll find that it difficult to qualify for an after-market warranty. If you can find one, chances are equally small that it will be at all affordable.

Generally speaking, the older the car, the more expensive the warranty will be – even if the mileage is relatively low. In most cases with an older car, the cost of a warranty may not be worth it, depending on the level of coverage offered.

If an after-market warranty is available from a third party, expect the insurer to require that one of their mechanics inspect the car. After all, they are in the business of assessing risk, and they’ll want to make sure that the car they’re considering insuring doesn’t have any obvious mechanical faults or defects that would lead to a claim.

If you do decide to purchase an after-market warranty, you need to make sure you know exactly what’s covered and what steps you have to take to keep the warranty in effect. For example, some warranties may say they cover the “power train.” This is a term that’s defined differently by different companies, so make sure you know exactly how your prospective insurer defines it. If you have to be able to show records of maintenance at particular intervals to keep the warranty valid or only use a particular mechanic or dealership for repairs, make sure you know that ahead of time as well. You don’t want to take any action that will invalidate your warranty once you’ve gone to all the trouble of purchasing it.

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