With lives on the line, it’s no wonder clinicians often feel as though they have to have all the answers. Although this confidence is a critical element of fostering trust with patients, it can be a barrier to success in implementing a coaching program. When individuals are unable to be vulnerable with their teams, it forces them into a silo, stunting their development and causing unnecessary friction in the workplace.
When we hear that the solution is to change culture, that can feel daunting. Cultural shifts take years, decades, generations. But every great initiative has to start somewhere, and your organization’s cultural renaissance can be kicked off with one of these low-lift steps.
- Build space for curiosity: Allocate dedicated time for clinicians to share their curiosities. By providing a space for open dialogue, you encourage the exchange of ideas and promote a culture of continuous learning.
- Break down the learning: Break down professional development into manageable, bite-sized portions. Share quick, actionable learning items with your team, challenging them to apply these insights throughout the day.
- Highlight best practices: Encourage recognition by highlighting exemplary practices. Acknowledge strong performance through specific praise, creating a culture where success is celebrated and serves as a model for others.
- Keep group settings grateful: Build a foundation of appreciation within your team. Starting or ending meetings with a gratitude round fosters a positive environment. As individuals express their thanks for shared learning, it cultivates a sense of camaraderie.
- Empower with micro-challenges: Transform professional development into a dynamic process by introducing micro-challenges. These short, focused tasks provide practical opportunities for skill application, promoting active learning.
There’s no time like today to begin your skill-building journey
A small investment of time can yield significant returns in the form of enhanced collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and professional growth. Get in touch with us now and be a catalyst for positive change by bringing our playbook for skill building in healthcare to your organization.
Katie Pothireddy is on the marketing team at Practicing Excellence.