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Blair Schwartz | On listening to your grandmother ?>

Blair Schwartz | On listening to your grandmother

As a fairly new attending physician, I’ve taken to the habit of asking some of my more senior colleagues for tidbits they wished they had known when starting out. One wise practitioner told me, to never forget to practice some “grandmother medicine”. Having grown up in a traditional Jewish family, my mind instantly darted to the miraculous curative powers of homemade Chicken Soup and the admonition to put on my scarf lest I catch a cold. While the medicinal properties…

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Newman | Unrepentant believer in the impossible ?>

Newman | Unrepentant believer in the impossible

Stanstead QC | Back when I was the newly-minted director of a small EMS service, my boss called me in for my six-month evaluation. He said, “I’ve got good news and bad news.” I told him to give me the bad news first. “As a leader you’re a real disaster.” Damn. What was the good news, I asked. “It ain’t terminal – yet.” And with that bit of exceedingly sage advice, I learned that there’s nothing more empowering than allowing…

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