• By: Kriss Barlow, RN, MBA | kbarlow@barlowmccarthy.com Right wrong or otherwise, we all make snap judgments when we meet new people. Last week I needed help from an airline gate agent and here’s what happened: I approached the counter ready to beg, cajole and flaunt my frequent flyer status as I wanted to get home on an earlier flight. As I approached the counter, the gate agent looked up immediately, smiled and asked how she could help in a warm and engaging way. She listened fully to my request and then said, “Let’s see what we can do to make that happen.” The interaction was all of three minutes and yet, it left me feeling positive, I know her name

    Feb 01,
  • By: Jeff Cowart, MAH | jcowart@barlowmccarthy.com The beginning of a new year, the launch of a new goal, a significant change in direction – all of these are opportunities for reflection on where we’ve been and where we’re going. Usually, this reflection is accompanied by resolutions, declarations of new direction, and a burst of new energy. Too often, however, this process quickly devolves into disruption at the hands of the mundane, the heavy tug of the status quo, and the loss of traction toward our new goals. Then the malaise and disappointment of failure starts to hover and nag. Why is this cycle so familiar? The truth is, the cycle has nothing to do with our good intentions nor our

    Jan 25,
  • After your recruitment team lands a great physician the next big step is onboarding that physician. We have put together an infographic with some good items to remember. Click on the image to view it full size, also feel free to download a PDF of the infographic HERE. For best results print the PDF in Landscape mode. Other Onboarding Resources: Barlow/McCarthy Onboarding Services Barlow/McCarthy Onboarding Articles Contact Allison McCarthy for more: amccarthy@barlowmccarthy.com

    Apr 21,
  • By: Allison McCarthy, MBA Stories are a really helpful communication tool.  Not only because they can effectively capture attention when sharing information with others - we can “hear” more through stories as well. When someone tells you a story, they’re not only telling you what happened, they’re also sharing with you what is important to them.  Successful recruiters know that the stories and scenarios they hear from physician recruits provide real insight into that candidate’s goals and motives. When a physician prospect expresses that he is on call too frequently, he's telling you that life balance is a key personal value.  Or that he is concerned about his quality performance if the call frequency is creating burnout.  When a physician

    Apr 08,
  • By: Kriss Barlow, RN, MBA Writing anything with birds in the description is very out of character for me. Truth be told, I am sort of afraid of them. But the Magpie Syndrome aptly describes a propensity that afflicts many of us who proudly wear the “Can-Do” title. Magpies like shiny things. They are drawn to new shiny things; that next shiny object might be better than the last one I collected that’s for sure. They fill their nests with all sorts of shiny scraps and pieces and parts. Let’s consider the metaphor for physician relations. Some professionals take on more and more jobs that may be physician related, but not always aligned with the core needs of the role.

    Apr 02,