Executive Coaching for Physicians by Physicians
Care In the Time of COVID
The Coronavirus pandemic is stirring up feelings and fears in everyone. We wonder: What happens if I'm exposed or get sick? Can I keep my family healthy? Will I be able to pay my bills? Will I have a job when this is over?
A lot feels out of our control.
This crisis is amplified for physicians and healthcare providers who are also wondering: Am I safe? Will we have the equipment we need to care for patients? Can we sustain the effort? How long will it last? The result is ongoing toxic stress and trauma in all sectors of healthcare, education and business.
We all want to show up as our best selves in times of crisis.
Real-time mitigation and resiliency building is the most effective way to retain calm and focus in times of crisis, and to diminish the long-term consequences of chronic, toxic stress. Feeling heard, understood and connected helps clear mental space to strategize around personal resiliency, and to become trauma-mitigators for others.
Lodestar delivers highly-personalized, confidential, compassionate, trauma-informed strategy sessions that move clients forward in their professional and personal lives. The TIPC™ paradigm has proven particularly effective in times of crisis.
Coaching is not therapy, but great coaching can be incredibly therapeutic.
For more information about how we can support you or your institution through the COVID-19 crisis, please email us today. We will respond within 24 hours.
This series by Dr. Kemia was born in the shadow of the Coronavirus pandemic. Part public health education, part resilience strategizing, and part personal messaging, it's a dose of hope and heart in hard times.
At any given time, more than 50% of physicians are reporting critical levels of burnout, dissatisfaction, disengagement and a desire to leave the profession. Many physicians blame themselves for their unhappiness, faulting inadequate self-care, poor work-life balance, and professional inefficiency.
Meanwhile, the approach most often taken by healthcare systems attempting to address this issue has become a flashpoint of derision for doctors: If there were a way through the anger, fear, frustration, exhaustion, disengagement and despair via a moment of "rest and reflection," they would have already done so.
In fact, physicians are suffering the secondary trauma that results from decades of working in an environment of chronic, toxic stress. That reality is the primary driver of their multivariate pain.
While "burnout" has finally achieved the dubious distinction of ICD-11 coding, the clinical definition fails to fully encapsulate the syndrome. Furthermore, it provides nothing to move these highly competent, trained, capable, driven individuals through the pain and to a place of healing, reengagement and professional satisfaction and pride.
There is a way forward.
Lodestar provides highly-personalized, confidential, compassionate, trauma-informed strategizing that helps physicians rediscover their joy and love for the practice of medicine, and balance in their professional and personal life.
Lodestar trauma-informed coaching is ideal for any professional who works in an environment of chronic, toxic stress. These individuals too often become professional “shock absorbers” as they process the trauma of patients, colleagues, subordinates, clients, or those they serve.
Though Lodestar was started by and for physicians, TIPC™ is appropriate for any “first-responder” profession including nursing, teaching, law-enforcement, social work, etc..
Additionally, professionals who find themselves at a crossroads – whether because they are advancing through their careers into leadership positions, or are considering a switch in professional focus – find TIPC™ to be a particularly helpful paradigm in acquiring skills for navigating high-stress conditions with colleagues and subordinates, in clearly defining and creating accountability steps towards achieving goals, and in laying out a path for the next phase of their careers.
Contact us to schedule a free, introductory 30-min. strategy session today. This is a no-obligation, first step in charting your course "true north."
Lodestar coaching is highly confidential, individualized and personalized over time as trust and familiarity is built between coach and client. There are innumerable strategies clients uncover that improve communication and leadership, unlock creativity and potential, increase resiliency capacitance, and mitigate the effects of toxic stress and trauma.
Physician attrition is extraordinarily costly to health systems: estimated replacement costs range from 800K to 1.2 mil. Many institutions now recognize the importance of preemptive coaching for their physicians and surgeons, and it is often provided as part of successful employee agreements, allowing for a strong start within the organization. Hospitals and medical groups increasingly engage coaches in lieu of other, less effective remediation options (i.e. anger management groups).
In addition to individual coaching, Lodestar also offers workshops, retreats and group coaching. Like our individual coaching, these services are highly confidential and are tailored to the needs of the group or institution.