Transforming (Not Conforming To) Culture

Transforming (Not Conforming To) Culture

I work in a highly stressed, very driven environment. As a Doctor, where I work, the stakes are high. Patients and their family entrust their lives to you. This alone puts a lot of pressure on us as Doctors.  The people I work with are very intelligent, highly motivated disciplined people. Hence the expectation from top down is high. The pace is fast, the hours are long, and in many ways,  it is sink or swim.

You may work in similar environments in the corporate world. Or perhaps you work in your own business and face similar demands. In fact, you don’t even have to work in a corporate setting. The same pace, high expectations, and stress can be a part of the culture in church, politics, government, health, schools, and so much more.

This is relevant to us all

Each week I try to find something about the culture that I work in that I want to change.

One thing I have noticed in medicine is that since we have such high expectations from one another as colleagues that it is rare to recognise, and lift up one another. In fact it is easier to criticise each other than it is to exhort and encourage. Especially across departments.

In the last two weeks there have been two Doctors who have stood out exceptionally to me. I have gone out of my way to thank them and be specific about how their work ethic, skill and kindness has made a difference to my world and inspired me. Moreover, I wrote a letter to the head of department about them, specifically stating how they are exceptional at their work and why. It is foreign in the corporate world to go out of our way to praise and exhort a job well done by colleagues. It is far more common to pick up on a job poorly done.

Imagine if each of us in our work picked one colleague who legitimately is excelling. Imagine if we each went out of our way to praise them personally and voiced this to their supervisor. Imagine if that happened to you? Wouldn’t that just make your day?

Beloveds. For those of you who work in a fast pace, stressful environment, make up your mind to transcend the culture rather than conform to it.

Going out of you way to exhort and lift up a colleague is a practical powerful way to do that.

Who will you encourage today?

You are deeply loved and richly cherished,

Dr Christine Greenwood

Reign in life


Our hospital has a cafe run by volunteers. One of the volunteers is a cute little Italian Grandma. I asked her to make me a hamburger without any beetroot. She told me in no uncertain terms that I could have it how she made it or not at all. She was so grumpy and firm and Italian that I stammered a reply and took whatever she gave me with my tail between my legs. I think when your nearly 80 and your Italian, you can say and do whatever you like and the whole world should just listen to you.

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