Look at Yourself

It’s all too easy to point fingers when things aren’t going well. It’s always someone else’s fault, of course. The person you should really be pointing at is yourself.

Following on from my last post Precious Gifts, you’d very rarely get this behavior in a hospital. Why? Because everyone has each others backs, as a team, they need and respect each others presence, contribution and expertise. They’ve all earned it.

Q: Why does this healthy team behavior exist in hospitals, yet not in other work place environments?

A: They all know they’ve all worked really hard to deserve a place on the team.

Medical professionals spend many years in study and training. They’re screened every step of the way and only the toughest and most resilient are good enough to pass the training, make it through to a career and become the best in their field. In other work place environments the training isn’t as rigorous. And who’s doing the tough screening along the way? It just doesn’t exist the way it does in the medical world.

Which is why in other work place environments we often see a frenzy of finger pointing and cultures of blame when things don’t go smoothly. Who’s taking accountability for their own actions, and who has their teams back? It’s down to each individual, their professionalism and attitude, to contribute towards team success.

Look at yourself.

What are you doing to prove to your colleagues that you can be trusted and that you’ve earned your place on the team? Don’t focus on others, focus on yourself and what you’re doing for those around you.

Precious Gifts

It’s been eight months since my last blog post. It’s been a pretty tough year. I have experienced both a very traumatic birth, yet resulting in a remarkable gift (hello Billie Grace), and a sudden, devastating death (Dianne, forever in my heart). These two extreme events, both surrounded by an accompanying hospital experience, have taught me much more than I could appreciate at the time.

Where there’s pain, there’s also light; life changing moments, valuable experiences and wonderful memories. With pain, and the slow process of healing wounds, comes strength, resilience, wisdom, optimism, and a valuable gift of experience that will not only change you, but become a precious gift to share with others.

Watching the professionals within a hospital environment, from reception to nurses, students, doctors and surgeons, and observing how they all work seamlessly together as a team to care for their patients was quite insightful. Looking back on this only recently, has made me realize that often people are quick to cast a negative shadow on hospitals and their service, but we can actually learn a lot from their culture. Everyone has each others back, roles divide and seamlessly transition, there’s different and unique skills, levels of experience… and all working towards the same goal – bringing people back to good health, and often back to life.

When times are tough, whether in your personal or professional life, adopting a mindset of hope and belief that with pain also comes precious gifts of experience, will help you become a stronger and wiser individual. And if you’re working in teams, no matter how small or big, recognize that each individual has their own precious gifts to offer and encourage them to share. With the right combination of skills, respect and ‘can do’ attitudes you’re positioned to do your best work, collectively and seamlessly, to achieve a big common goal. It’s much more enjoyable when everyone is in harmony and can celebrate shared successes.

Everyone has precious gifts, don’t be afraid to share them as we really need you to.