We are shame-full

A couple of weeks ago I was out for one of my routine dinner dates with Gia Lewis and Tom Varghese; dinners like these are something I highly recommend as a way to stay connected to your core values with people who share them.  And, of course, we manage to resolve plenty of the world’s […]

Shame on you. Or perhaps shame on me?

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” I was introduced to the work of Brené Brown just before the publication of her book The Gifts of Imperfection.  If you haven’t come across her work via Oprah or another major media outlet, Brené has a PhD in social work; her area of emphasis in her […]

Don’t say the “B” word

        What “B” word, you ask? Balance.  Particularly in the context of the phrase “work-life balance.” The whole idea of work-life “balance” is something I have been railing against for a while.  It’s not because I am opposed to surgeons having things in their lives they are passionate about besides their work; […]

Who wants to be imperfect with me?

At various times in my life I have been a full-blown perfectionist. In hindsight, I can see how unhappy I was when I was held hostage by perfectionistic tendencies. In spite of near-constant efforts to measure up, I could never quite achieve some metric that (as it turns out) I had made up for myself. […]