Physician Team Strategies

Physician Team Strategies, is a national healthcare leadership development company providing consulting to multi-disciplinary teams in healthcare organizations who want to build powerful, sustainable teams that make giant leaps in their performance.

Physician Leaders: Are You Setting Your Goals Properly?


When you ask physician leaders about setting goals, they seem to be in either one camp or the other – they either do it or they don’t.    One of the reasons that people don’t like setting goals is because more often than not, their goals never come to be, so they just have resolved that setting goals may work for everyone else, but not for them. There is no doubt that setting goals is one of the best things you can do to make positive changes in your life.  But there is a strategy to setting goals in a way that will better ensure your success – you have to do it S-M-A-R-T.  S-M-A-R-T is an acronym to follow that will help you create goals that have more substance and a better chance of coming to fruition.  Setting S-M-A-R-T goals means to make them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.  You define them clearly with a realistic, yet challenging, quantifiable, achievable, and time bound action plan. Go back and look at your goals and be sure to make them S-M-A-R-T.

Break the Goals into Manageable Tasks

Break your goals into manageable tasks and sub-tasks.  If you try to accomplish everything at once, you can become overwhelmed.  Set a deadline for each task.  Determine if you will do the task or delegate it to someone else.  Remember, as a physician leader you cannot do everything.  Let go and delegate tasks which can be done by your staff and healthcare team.  Delegating to others on your healthcare team will give them a sense of involvement and free you up to accomplish your priority tasks.