Putting all of your eggs into one basket

“We were so busy that I never had time to look for new referral sources or the capacity to take on any more work”. This was part of the conversation I recently had with one of my professional colleagues when we recently met for coffee. She had been having a tough time. Not only had […]

Stopping for gas: Working in the very important and urgent space (Being Busy)

Earlier this week, I was talking to an organisation about delivering a free PD session on up to date information about pain and the importance of everyone involved to be talking the same language. The crux of the conversation was about how we can work together to gain better outcomes for injured workers. The pitch […]

Busy to Productive

There seems to be a preoccupation by health business owners on being busy. At the beginning of the year, I was giving a reference for a past employee. As the conversation progressed, the comment, “The expectation is that they will be very busy if they come to work for me”, came out of the blue. […]

“I am sorry, I cannot come in today”

Today, as I was mind-wandering and thinking about writing on my “Busy” theme, I started to think about Sundays’ past. Not just Sundays but many days over the years of owning a business. That call that every business owner knows well. It was always worse on a Sunday. I wonder if it is because it […]

When did “busy” become an emotion?

Definition of Busy: (Collins Dictionary) Adj: When you are busy, you are working hard or concentrating on a task, so that you are not free to do anything else. A busy time is a period of time during which you have a lot of things to do. Common Synonyms: Tied up. Example: I’m a little tied up with this new project. … Occupied. Example: She’s a bit […]

Little Decisions

Hard times are never over, trouble always comesStill, I’m looking forward to tomorrow when it comes (Paul Kelly: Little decisions) About 3 months ago, we made the decision to close down one of our practices. Our vision was to have a presence in a growing area of the city where treatment options were limited. We […]

When the cat’s away…..

When I first started writing these blogs a few short months ago, I started with a metaphor for my professional life. I described a walk up a hill, reaching the top and reflecting on the view below. There were verdant valleys and looking harder, were areas, unkempt and weedy. Today, I look back on some […]

Difficult Conversations: Talking to insurers

When I think back on the most difficult conversations in my career, I reckon that those with insurers rate pretty highly. I have left many of these interactions feeling frustrated, because of a perceived lack of understanding about the needs of my client or judgment on my clinical skills to help manage an injured worker.But […]

Helping an employee experiencing “life”

Much of my clinical practice, has been helping people with complex pain or health needs. I feel very comfortable managing clients coming to me for help. Little had I realised the considerable intersections between leadership and clinical skills. Each one of these skills is rooted in human behaviour and neuroscience. From my ongoing leadership study, […]