Jeff welcomes to the podcast certified physician coach and physician executive, Dr. Terri Malcolm.
Terri reminds us that emotions play a pivotal role in our actions, behaviors, and thoughts. As physicians, it’s important for us to be emotional scientists. As a physician coach, Terri strongly believes that we need to attain a better understanding of who we are and how we tick by tapping into our emotions.
As physicians and especially surgeons, we’re often taught to bottle up our emotions, but so much of how we behave is based on how we’re feeling. It’s essential that we dig into these emotions so we can better manage our actions, attitudes, and behaviors.
While it isn’t easy for surgeons to do this, what simple steps does Terri suggest we do to build our emotional vocabulary?
- Step 1 –Try a 1-5-7 Model. Find 5 times throughout the day to check in briefly with your emotional self for 7 consecutive days.
- Step 2 – Step 2 – Identify Your Emotions. At each of those 5 moments, identify the emotion that you’re feeling.
- Step 3 – Reflect on Your Dominant Emotions. On that 7th day, reflect back on your dominant emotions and assess how well those emotions were serving you in doing what you do, or in accomplishing your short- and long-term goals.
Most importantly, PRACTICE tapping into your emotions!
Check out this complimentary resource from Dr. Malcolm:
Teresa Dean Malcolm, MD, FACOG, MBA, CPE, ACC
Dr. Malcolm (Terri) is a Certified Physician Coach and Physician Executive. Her coaching philosophy, The Malcolm Method, is rooted in the principles of social and emotional intelligence, positive psychology, and strengths-based leadership. Through-thought provoking conversations, she strives to deepen the awareness of her physician clients and further their actions, thereby helping them to thrive as they lead. Dr. Malcolm (known to friends and family as Terri) is a loving wife to her husband, Nate. Together they have three charming and athletic boys, Nathaniel, and twins, Roman and Colton.