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Use your strengths, improve your weaknesses, and beat burnout using the test results

In a previous post, we discussed the Enneagram, a popular self-assessment tool along the lines of the Myers-Briggs test. By answering questions related to your behavior in certain situations and the motivations behind it, the Enneagram classifies you as one of nine “types.” Check out our last post or The Enneagram Institute web site for descriptions of each type. Read More

How a popular self-assessment tool can strengthen your leadership and self-awareness

Chances are, the term “Enneagram” has popped up in your Twitter feed, on a podcast you listened to, or around your dinner table or water cooler at work. Some consider it the new Myers-Briggs. Some embrace it as a spiritual tool. One doctor suggests it as an approach to avoiding burnout. And some people are simply curious about whether the newly popular personality test can help them live better lives. Let’s break down what the Enneagram is and how it can benefit you. Read More

Three key questions to ask yourself first

Maybe your practice is growing by leaps and bounds and you simply can’t keep up with the demand from new patients. Perhaps you’re looking to expand into other service offerings or open another location. Or maybe you’re becoming burned out and frustrated by administrative demands that are cutting into your time with patients. Whatever the reason, it may be time to consider adding another provider to your practice. Here are some questions to ask yourself first.

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How to recruit a summer intern to boost your social media presence

For most doctors, trying to keep up with practice marketing and social media on top of seeing patients and running a business is a daunting task. Sure, you could pass off these responsibilities to your front office staff, but they’re busy, too. That’s where some extra help can come in handy. Have you considered hiring a summer intern to help with your practice’s social media and marketing? If you plan properly, your intern can schedule out social media posts for the next six months (or longer!) to keep your practice on top of its marketing messaging for months to come.Read More

Guidelines from Special Olympics on caring for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Approximately 6.5 million people in the U.S. have an intellectual disability, according to Special Olympics. Formerly known as mental retardation, intellectual disability is the most common developmental disability. Three of the best-known intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are Down syndrome, autism, and traumatic brain injury.Read More

Communication and training are keys to a smooth transition

“This is the way we’ve always done things.”

“Who has time to implement new processes into an already packed schedule?”

“This new technology seems complicated and unnecessary. What’s the payoff?”

These are common objections that practice managers and physician owners run into when making changes. Whether it’s a forced change, like using new diagnostic codes, or a change meant to benefit the practice, like implementing an EHR or other new technology, doing things differently can cause concerns and resistance from staff—unless you understand and approach change strategically. Here’s how.Read More