Other than military work, there are few jobs that are known for stress like health care. As a leader, you are expected and accountable for jobs to be done right. Where many business men and women have high stress professions, the situations they deal with are rarely life and death. Many of the situations you deal with on a daily basis hold people’s lives in the balance.
The challenge this past week: look for humor in the stressful situations.
You might think this is impossible, but it actually is more possible than you think. The book Leaders Eat Last describes the following, “As President Ronald Reagan famously joked with the chief surgeon on March 30, 1981, as he was wheeled into the operating room at George Washington University Hospital, after being shot by John Hinckley Jr., ‘I hope you’re all Republicans’. To which the surgeon, a self-described liberal Democrat, replied, “We’re all Republicans today, Mr. President.’”
Humor might be hard to have as a provider to your patients, but if you can start having a little humor as a leader with your team, things will go a lot smoother and tensions will dissolve much more quickly.
Have a great weekend!
The ideas for this post came from a highly suggested read, “Leaders Eat Last”.
Written by Emma Pister and Karl Pister