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The #1 Most Stress-Reducing Hobby Ever

A few years ago, I stumbled upon what has become a regular practice for me. I refer to it, tongue in cheek, as a hobby, but honestly it may look more like obsession. At least it’s a healthy one, involving no mood-altering chemicals, empty calories, or a high risk of...

How to Grow through Life’s Transitions

When my first child was born and I stepped over the mighty threshold to “parent,” I felt elated, awed, and grateful—and at the same time as if my life had completely fallen apart. Meditation had been a daily sanity-saving practice for me. Have you ever tried to...

Images I Can’t Unsee

Sure, there are happy images from my clinical days—before I left primary care for a writing career—like the sheer joy of birth when suddenly another live being entered the room; the relief on a patient’s face at being heard and helped; the grateful smiles from...
Why I No Longer Diss Coaching

Why I No Longer Diss Coaching

About two years ago, I had an experience that opened my mind to the wider possibilities of professional coaching. After interviewing one of its founders, I participated in the Novant Health Leadership Development Program, which involves small group coaching in a...

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Is Collegiality a Ghost in Your Organization? Try This.

Is Collegiality a Ghost in Your Organization? Try This.

When my co-author and I interviewed Christina Maslach, PhD, social psychologist and professor emerita of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, for our book, I was struck by her observation that of the six domains she and her colleagues had identified...

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The Dimension of Leadership That No Leader Should Ignore

The Dimension of Leadership That No Leader Should Ignore

El Pescadero, Mexico In a previous post I mentioned Leading Change in Healthcare: Transforming Organizations Using Complexity, Positive Psychology, and Relationship-centered Care, as an interesting take on creating positive organizations. I had an opportunity to speak...

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Moving Forward Because Burned Out Clinicians Can’t Wait

Moving Forward Because Burned Out Clinicians Can’t Wait

Health care organizations are moving to address clinician burnout with a real sense of urgency. It is now commonly accepted that burnout is widespread among health care professionals and has serious repercussions for patient safety and the quality of care....

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Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, ACC

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