Max Level Performance
I write about complaints I have experienced and concerns I have about the health care industry. But some of my comments are only to make us perform better.
Imagine if you never had a thorn in your side asking questions trying to absorb and understand where you (the PTs) are coming from. Some of you could.
I am trying to be a better therapist and with that comes questions; lots of them. If I question a therapist about progressing a patient, am I criticizing them or just being curious? People have told me to keep communication open between the PTs and the PTAs and it is difficult if I get shut out and shot down with my questions and concerns about the patients.
Years ago I felt burnt out, frustrated and my work performance significantly decreased. Then I met someone who asked me simple enough questions that allowed me to explore and change the way I thought about my career.
1) Are you happy where you are now?
This is straight forward and it is not about the people I work with nor about the job itself. It encompasses everything about your life: marriage, children, commuting to work, everything. I answered "No" and took a three-month vacation with my wife and children. When I returned I was rejuvenated and excited about my job again.
2) Why are you still doing this?
Great question. Is it about money, fame, the older ladies I meet? No, none of that. I want to help other people.
3) What can I do to help?
This was probably the best question that was asked of me. I couldn't answer it immediately.
So how did I translate that into performing better and trying to get others to perform at that same level?
I answered question number three.