February 13th, 2023 — Dalton, Price and Thompson's model for leadership development applied to the acupuncture profession...and the acupocalypse.
February 16th, 2023 — It’s common for acupuncturists to suggest that acupuncture schools should teach more business and practice management. I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with that, but teaching skills without being clear about the level of self-leadership needed to enact them isn’t helpful. A person at Stage 1 who took fantastic classes in marketing, bookkeeping and acupuncture business management but who can’t put any of it into practice without supervision isn’t going to be able to run a small business. It’s not about what you know, it’s about what you’re able to motivate yourself to DO.
May 18th, 2023 — Dalton, Price and Thompson’s research helped me recognize that while acupuncturists want professional careers, collectively we just haven’t put in the work to create the underpinnings that professional careers require.
May 22nd, 2023 — Legally, we’re responsible for managing adverse events in our practices, not just avoiding mistakes. Lots of acupuncturists are confused about that. Insisting that safety incidents only happen as a result of bad practitioners (see also, “undertrained physical therapists”) does everybody a disservice.
May 30th, 2023 — Leadership is less about making decisions and more about making things happen, with and for and through other people. Contributing through other people creates interdependence and requires surrendering some of your independence and autonomy -- which a lot of acupuncturists really don’t want to do.