A 90 Percent Friend is Not a 10 Percent Enemy
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:00 AM

Chiropractic physicians are an interesting and eclectic bunch of people who have sacrificed a lot to get to where they are. They undergo a most rigorous course of study. Test after test, exam after exam. And when finally done with medical school, national boards, and state licensing procedures thus earning the right to be called “Dr.” (often a childhood dream) the work is just beginning. Now the struggle to manage a business AND manage a profession are laid upon the shoulders of students now struggling to become professionals.

Going through such an intense process means that most doctors are by their nature incredibly hardworking, mentally tough, independent-natured and freethinking.  And now is a time in healthcare when all physicians, no matter what our specialty, are feeling the full force of change in almost everything we do. Some of these changes are significant and may effect the very foundation of our profession.  Other changes are important but have fewer dire effects.  Frequently we find that the hardworking mentally tough, independent-natured and freethinking doctors of our profession are promoting agendas at the expense of others. Perhaps the Internet as a whole is more adept at giving a platform to the voices of the cynics and pessimists, neglecting the silent majority, but when browsing through the comments sections of articles from a wide variety of different perspectives, some bizarre opinions are expressed from supposedly experienced doctors who should know better than to resort to ad hominem attacks. When discussing problems that healthcare is facing, exceptionally intelligent and often times refreshingly rebellious individuals don’t align themselves easily with any given cause without picking holes in an argument and highlighting other unrelated problems. This is not necessarily an advantageous thing to do when it comes to getting things done.

With any agenda or argument that may have broad support, wherever and whoever it comes from, chiropractic physicians would do well to remember three golden rules of affecting any kind of positive change:

1) Change happens in small steps. Only in the realm of story telling is “happily ever after” achieved within the allotted half-hour to two-hour time frame.  Real change takes years, if not decades, and is more akin to a marathon than a sprint.  using a myriad of strategies and tactics while seeking change often leads to business without the desired outcome.

2) Never make an enemy of a teammate.  Making the perfect the enemy of the good leads to confusion, division, and dilutes what any given team may accomplish. Even a tiny change in the right direction is better than no change at all.  Accept good for what it is; holding out for perfect will most likely derail the team from achieving the objective.

3) One who disagrees with you slightly is not to be your enemy.  When seeking consensus and allies for a cause, someone who is 90 percent a friend is not a 10 percent enemy.

Perhaps if the incredibly hardworking, mentally tough, independent-natured and freethinking chiropractic physicians will come to realize that we must work together in this marathon of allowing chiropractic to help people to the greatest extent possible, then we may learn to accept any victory, no matter how small, as a stepping stone towards achieving the larger objective.


Sunned Dhand MD published the article, Docs Could Do Better at Helping Themselves, about the differences of opinions voiced within the medical community on significant issues.  He noted that there is frequently not only division, but derision.  This editorial is an adaptation of this article for the chiropractic profession.  It is a lesson worth learning.

Source:  www.medpagetoday.com/Blogs/KevinMD/56213