Yes, your team has untapped potentials! When was the last time you sat down with your greatest assets and asked each of them what their professional focus can be? This is very different than your performance review, although the two can be discussed at the same time.
During the day, as duties are performed to a defined level of excellence, there are opportunities for learning, supporting and enhancing skill sets. The majority of the time, tasks are completed to the highest of standards. Be sure to catch your team when they are performing well and thank them for their efforts.
During the few cases when a task is not generated to a high stadard or defined expectation, that is the time for a teaching moment. Managers and leaders are encouraged to offer advice in correcting the situation, at an appropriate time (relatively quickly). In this manner, when performance reviews are given, the conversation can be around BIG IDEAS, GOAL SETTING and CAREER DEVELOPMENT.
In and around those conversations, your team can access untapped potentials.
You may consider using the Career Road Map (in the body of the Blog) to help direct the discussion. Continue reading →
Allow the Creativity to Flow, Design and Develop your Career and/or Life’s Passion
Grab a pen and allow the writing opportunity to etch your focus.
STOP and PRINT this page. Grab a pen or pencil!
Clarity in our career or life’s passion may elude us simply because we are unable to give time and energy to the creation of our personal Mission/Vision/Values. You may be thinking, “That is so cold and business-like.” Possibly, however I have seen amazing things transpire and manifest when a person takes all those “airy-fairy” thoughts, writes them down (preferably with pen and paper, because of the magic that occurs between the stroke of a hand and pen to the brainwaves that are stimulated in your head deeply embedding the concepts in your brain) to word and then allow the process to create the deed. Allow for your life to align, magically, being open to possibilities and opening doors. You can create an amazing life by allowing the flow of creativity, support, love and engagement to surround you. With courage, step into the potential of your career and life’s passion. Continue reading →
Turnover is nearly DOUBLED within the veterinary community, higher than other industries.
How can I, in one Blog, speak about passionate careers within the veterinary community, and in the next, write about high turnover? Welcome to the veterinary community’s largest challenge.
Over the past decade I have seen, researched, and taken a serious interest in both turnover and careers. This is what I have discovered, in a nutshell; 1. veterinary hospitals are under managed, 2. low salaries need to be scrutinized along with supply and demand and 3. compassion fatigue is under-diagnosed and misunderstood.
Let’s take a deeper look at two of these three topics, under managed and low wages. Compassion fatigue requires its own Blog post (Part II, a bit of a cliff-hanger). Continue reading →
Consider taking a leap of faith. Consider taking a calculated risk and achieving your goal.
You, too, can wake up every morning excited to get to your job, to work with team members, clients and care for pets and animals. Simply ask yourself,” What do I desire and what brings me joy?”
Tough questions, I know. At times, I feel overwhelmed by projects and deadlines, however I wake up each morning raring to GO! Seriously, after 25 years working in the veterinary community, I am more “charged,” now, than ever before! Continue reading →
There is an overwhelming amount of learning to be had!
Your Continuing Education (CE) choices include, but are not limited to: Online courses, state conventions, industry publications, powered-up weekend programs, wet-labs, national conferences, and much more. Truly, there are so many ways for veterinarians, technicians, and managers to maintain their CE. Licensed veterinarians, certified practice managers, and credentialed veterinary technicians may be required to maintain CE and keep records of courses. How do you choose and is there a method to the process? Continue reading →