When I was talking with doctors about stress in medicine, many who were struggling said that they didn’t feel appreciated, that they felt like a cog in the system.
The doctors who were thriving on the other hand did feel appreciated.
Now, while I didn’t go and observe all these doctors at work, I did ask them how much they expressed their appreciation for others when going about their doctor jobs.
The ones who were struggling often gave answers to the effect of, “If they don’t appreciate me, why would I appreciate them?”
The ones who were thriving were more likely to say, “I look for any opportunity to show my appreciation.”
Interesting, in order to feel appreciated it’s more important to give it than to receive it.
That makes sense though, doesn’t it? If you give appreciation you are expressing gratitude, and gratitude has been shown to increase our own sense of wellbeing, our sense of appreciation.
Try it, show your appreciation to everyone you can. I guarantee that you’ll feel better, that you’ll feel more appreciated, and I imagine that people will express their appreciation to you too.
At a minimum you’re more likely to get a generous serving at lunch!
I run a course called Board of Directors. Business owners join me for two days every three months and we go deep on their businesses, and their own personal psychology.
Recently we got some HR people in to help us improve our professional development program at MedRecruit.
People often talk about the impact they want to have… In the future.
After a crisis, most people aim to get back to the state they were in before the crisis.
Recently the World Medical Association ratified a change to the Declaration of Geneva, the modern-day Hippocratic Oath, the value-set of doctors worldwide, to include the health and wellbeing of doctors.
I was recently speaking to a group of corporates.
And I had to smile.
I speak to a lot of groups of people AND Purpose is something that I’m big on, and it invariably leads to someone asking the question, “I don’t know what I want to do. What should I do?”
“When is it giving up, and when is it changing direction?” is a question I get asked a lot.
Some people like beer.
Some people like wine.
Recently I was fortunate to attend a good friend of mine’s wedding in Bali. He’s a partner at a well-known law firm in Singapore, and many of the attendees were merchant bankers, venture capitalists and other people in the finance space.