How to Be Assertive … Without Alienating Your Colleagues

Asking for what you want—and setting boundaries around what you don’t want—is a key life skill.  Are you challenged to ask for what you want? Or so enthusiastic to practice this skill, that you over-do assertiveness and end up with colleagues who shut down, get angry...

Supporting the Community of Women Physicians

“It feels like a war zone out here. I am just trying to survive.” “I don’t know the woman physician I am referring to and would like to.” The stress and desire of women physicians, in private practice and as hospital employees in Lane County, is reflected in these...

Prescription for Dealing With Conflict

Dr. Mary was frustrated because she was not able to focus on her main tasks. When I asked what was diverting her attention, she complained that, as she was a good problem solver, her staff constantly came to her to resolve conflicts and fix problems. This caused a...

Eight Important Steps to Conflict Resolution

As everyone who has ever experienced change (that’s all of us) knows, with change comes conflict.  For most of us conflict is uncomfortable- even something to avoid.  Conflict is a normal consequence of differing perspectives, styles and goals. When we expect...

Resolve Conflict and Create Positive Change

Do you and your partners frequently have difficulty working through operational decisions? Is there internal strife or are there misunderstandings between your office manager and the lead nurse? Is the hospital committee you serve on stalled because of conflict?...

Can Introverts Lead?

Do you find groups of people exhausting or exhilarating? Does speaking to groups make you nervous or do you just go in and “wing it”? Your tendencies may be tied to how much of an introvert or extrovert you are. One style isn’t necessarily better...