Looking failure in the eye

Perfectionism has served me well. Yes I have succeeded academically and in my profession. But it has also caused it's fair share of unhappiness and is the source of a great deal of my own imposter syndrome. If you can only ever peer into the gap of failure, then you can't ever really acknowledge your … Continue reading Looking failure in the eye

Should I leave clinical medicine?

By the time people book in to see me they have often been puzzling and fretting over this question for months or even years. This question is a biggie. It is one of the commonest reasons people come to me for coaching and I'm grateful for those who choose to include me (as a coach) … Continue reading Should I leave clinical medicine?

What lies on the other side of fear

Medicine, as a profession is surrounded by, and embedded in, fear. I'm yet to meet a doctor who doesn't hold a deep seated fear of error, or harming a patient. 'First do no harm!' is engraved very closely to the heart of every doctor I've ever spoken to about this. Beyond fear of harm, is … Continue reading What lies on the other side of fear

Here’s what a good coach will never tell you

The people who come to me for coaching all want answers of some kind or another. That's not too surprising really. After all, isn't that what coaches are supposed to do ... help people find solutions to the challenges they are facing?!?!. Whether it's finding a new career, building confidence or passing an exam, it's … Continue reading Here’s what a good coach will never tell you

Understanding and dealing with imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome is following me everywhere. Truthfully I feel like a total fraud everytime I post about imposter syndrome.  But I guess my lived experience forms a large part of my qualifications to discuss managing it. In this latest article I wrote for MJA InSight Plus, I discuss a general approach to managing imposter syndrome that … Continue reading Understanding and dealing with imposter syndrome