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​Physician leadership focus: Put unrelenting distractions in their place

In an era of unrelenting distractions, demands, and pressures, physician leaders, now more than ever, need to learn to sharpen focus in order to thrive in the complex world of healthcare. Recent research suggests that as leaders move into more senior positions, their attention and social skills suffer. The hectic pace of leading appears to be contributing to greater stress, poorer focus, and reduced productiveness. Moreover, modern technology, such as email, has been shown to be the leading cause of workplace distraction.

Daniel Goleman states in his most recent book Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence that “attention is a mental muscle, and can be strengthened with the right practice”. Research shows how high-performers demonstrate higher levels of sustained attention and better manage potential distractions. Specifically, these high performers instill practices—such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation, recovery from setbacks, continued attention to learning, and positive emotions and connections—that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence.

This course will utilize cutting-edge research with relevant case studies to reveal how the ability to focus distinguishes “stars” from average leaders. The course will assist physician leaders in not only paying attention to what matters to them personally, but also enhancing their attention on building relationships and increasing focus on issues of their complex environment. The course emphasizes a “hands-on”, practical application to establish effective leadership skills that enhance focus and attention, and ultimately performance.

Learning objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify how the modern healthcare workplace contributes to distraction and poor performance.
  • Examine the link between attention, resilience, empathy and relationships building.
  • Discuss how to cultivate focused awareness and minimize distractions.
  • Practice mindfulness, reflective practice, and communication techniques to enhance performance.


2 days

Maximum class size

30 participants

Faculty team

Paul Mohapel, PhD

Dates, prices and to register

For open-enrolment PLI course information please call 800-663-7336 x8455 or e-mail