I’m cleaning out my office and I found some gems.
Three years ago someone came to my hospital to speak from The Osler Institute in Indiana. (http://www.osler.org/main/index.html) I took notes and have had them over my desk ever since. Osler’s principles are a blueprint on how to live. They are for everyone, not just physicians or leaders. I’m excited to take these with me and I thought I would share them here.
The 8 Principles of William Osler
1. Find Mentors – have heroes (but expect disappointment), show gratitude, cultivate teachers, take on pupils, know the chemistry.
2. Find a Calling – explore possibilities, see the big picture, join organizations, know the history, leave a legacy
3. Manage Time Well – have unifying principles, have definite goals, plan the day
4. Be Positive – Be optimistic, be generous, be tolerant of others, be decisive
5. Learn and Teach – value eduction, observe and think, be intellectually honest, be a teacher and a student.
6. Care Carefully – compassion, humor, frequent touch, mantain equanimity, care for yourself (balance)
7. Communicate – learn to write, speak, listen
8. Seek Balance – have friends, have family, have outside interests, be courageous, have character
And stuck to the wall behind me is this from the Levinson Institute (http://www.levinsoninst.com/) where I went in 2006 – excellent leadership training for physicians:
KEEP YOUR WORD
EARN YOUR KEEP