Why Coaching for Healthcare Employees? Part 1

Underperforming Employees Reflect on Leadership

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When employees underperform, top leadership assumes those who lead them are the problem. Are your employees performing as well as they could be?

One of the biggest reasons coaching for your employees is such a great idea is that sometimes your team needs a quick and dramatic course correction.

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Optimism is for Amateurs

5 Ways Pros Manage Their Emotions and Succeed

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Einstein played poker like a pro.

His career in theoretical physics taught him that winning is in the long game.

While amateurs think their goal is so exciting and ideal that nothing can stop it from happening exactly as they wish, pros see it differently.

They know that there will always be challenges along the way, and that no idea goes from inception to execution without finding out what doesn’t work.

Pros learn early how to manage their emotions and end up succeeding much more often than others who tend to get discouraged and quit the minute the going gets tough.

Let’s look at five ways pros manage their emotions and succeed with these five actions.


1. Practice realistic optimism

2. Embrace the hard work paradox

3. Conduct “pre-mortems”

4. Apply growth mindset

5. Prepare for personal shortcomings

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Focus Fast: 5 Steps to Capture and Keep Concentration

Quick formula to motivate and focus

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“Everybody talks about the weather. Nobody does anything about it.”       ~Charles Dudley Warner*

You could say the same about focus.

Sure, you know you need to concentrate, but has anyone ever given you the formula for how to do it?

If you’re still wrestling with willpower, trying to strong arm your way into focus, you can let go of the struggle.

As long as you’re willing to follow these steps, you WILL develop the ability to get focused fast and to keep your concentration, even in times of change and chaos.

Preview: Here ​are your 5 Steps to Focus Fast
1. Make it meaningful
2. Take tiny steps
3. Let (eu)stress happen
4. Give yourself a break
5. Pick up on patterns

Let’s kick it off with your first step to focus fast.

Less Stress with 5 Easy Task and Time Management Tips

How to Manage Your Time Better Fast!

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ONE for a reason

Do you have way too many priorities? Time to rethink what that word means.

When the word priority first came into the English language in the 1400’s, it was a singular word. As in ONE priority. It meant “the right of precedence over others.”

It stayed singular for about the next 500 years.

And then, stealthily at first, perhaps, and then all out and in your face, priorities entered our language.

We won’t even begin to dive deeply into the myth of multitasking here.

Let it be enough for now to feel validated in your opinion that you cannot, in fact multitask. You can only task switch.  And that takes tons of energy and focus and delivers little for your efforts.

Get ready to take control of your time and tasks with these five easy task and time management tips for less stress and better results to show for your efforts.

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How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything

Not Candy Colorblind


“Absolutely NO brown M&Ms”

You would only have seen this demand if you’d read to page 40 of rock band Van Halen’s 53-page rider. A rider is a contract between the band and the venue and lays out everything from how to set up the stage to what snacks to put backstage.

Most bands in the 80’s, Roth said, would have riders the size of pamphlets, about six pages long. Not Van Halen.

Van Halen’s showmanship, along with great music, combined to make them one of the most popular bands of the 80’s and 90’s.

A lot went into making their show stand out, and it was important that all the details from load bearing capacity of the stage to how electrical was set up to physical space around the entire show, was set up just so.

Detail after detail filled the pages of their rider. When it got to the “Munchies” section of the rider, the band wrote specifics about which meals would be served to them on which days.

And oh yes, M&M’s, of course. But clearly stated in the rider was when it came to the candy-coated chocolate, they were to have ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN M&M’s.

Roth laughed when he recalled this years later, saying that people assumed they were messing with people and being that picky because they could be. The band let people think it was all part of the mystique.

The real reason no brown M&M’s

Roth explained that because their band was doing things in their show that other bands weren’t, they had a higher need for attention to detail so that the stage and light fixtures could carry the load.

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Do You Hit Snooze?

5 Surprising Insights It Tells You About You

It’s a workday, the alarm rings. What do you do?

Shut it off, and immediately get up? Hit snooze once, twice, maybe more?

If you feel like hitting snooze, I can relate. This entry is prompted by a compelling desire I had this morning to hit the snooze. But I’m flying to Portland today to deliver a two-day seminar on “Habits of Highly Successful People.”

First, how ironic would it be if I hit snooze, given my topic?

Second, I promised myself a long time ago, I wouldn’t have the first act of a business day be procrastinating something (like getting up.)

Now let’s look into some surprising insights that hitting the snooze button may tell you about yourself.

1. Commitment phobic

You may have had grand visions for your morning. You’re going to get up early, go for a quick run, jot a card to a friend, or write down your goals.

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