Personal vs Professional. To be successful in medicine you must be both.

When I was first in the workplace, I had a very stern boss who never opened up and never told me about her personal life. I felt disconnected with her. I felt like she wasn’t a human being. She was also like that with everyone she dealt with, never really connecting with them.


What I have learnt over the years is that you can be professional as well as being a human being. It does not take from your credibility to let your personal side in. There is a very fine line of how to do this, and this is a technique where you communicate with your colleagues and patients, letting them know you are human and you also let them know you are there to get the job done, to achieve results and to be efficient.


This all leads to you building a relationship, so the people around you get to know the real you. They get to understand not just what you do but also why you do it. Here are three of my top tips on how you can be personal and also be professional at the same time:

  • Let your colleagues and patients know why you are so passionate about what you do. What your vision is. Why you work so hard.

  • Ask your patients and colleagues what they are trying to achieve. This will apply in consultations as well as in work situations

  • Listen to your colleagues and patients if they have a problem. Really listen, not just to what they are saying, also how they are reacting throughout the conversation


 “Once you truly know about people, you will succeed at work and in life.”

To find out more about how to build relationships more both personally and professionally, I can come and coach your team in a safe, comfortable environment that is conducive for learning.