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Simply Worth It: Physician Negotiations with Dr. Linda Street

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Happy physicians deliver better care and better outcomes. That’s why you can’t afford not to advocate for yourself. Simply Worth It helps female physicians like you get the comp package you want, deliver great care, & stay in practice longer. Hosted by Linda Street, board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist & life coach specializing in physician negotiations.


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Happy physicians deliver better care and better outcomes. That’s why you can’t afford not to advocate for yourself. Simply Worth It helps female physicians like you get the comp package you want, deliver great care, & stay in practice longer. Hosted by Linda Street, board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist & life coach specializing in physician negotiations.




The Forces of Fairness in a Negotiation & How to Make Them Work for You

In any negotiation, fairness is usually a front-of-mind concept - in fact, it’s often the measure with which we judge the success of the entire process. But here’s the challenge, fairness isn’t as simple as a singular yardstick. It’s actually made up of multiple facets that sometimes conflict with each other. With that in mind, how do we take fairness to the negotiating table and make sure we’re ticking the boxes that matter? In this episode, I share how to approach the concept of...


Stop Using Grit Against Yourself: How to Quit When the Job Becomes a Dealbreaker

Getting a job that serves us often requires us to tweak or modify our current work environment, but what if the situation is too far gone and too toxic to salvage? Many of us are guilty of staying in negative situations a lot longer than we should, damaging not only our careers but also our health. We’re typically more biased towards staying with the devil we know, even if it destroys us, so how do we combat it? In this episode, I’m sharing how to know when quitting is the only option,...


The End of Non-Compete Clauses? Removing This Barrier Would be a Massive Win

Non-compete clauses have never been beneficial to physicians. They are notoriously difficult to negotiate out of. They keep us trapped in toxic work cultures, and they back us into career moves that can be harmful. I’d also argue that non-competes also harm employers and the economy as a whole. Removing this barrier would be highly beneficial to a lot of people, so I'm encouraged by the FTC’s proposal to end non-compete clauses. What would changing this rule mean for physicians? In...


Edit Out the Extra: Why 'Less' Is My Word of the Year

If you really think about it, most of the goals and resolutions we set at the beginning of the year are often based on having more - more money, more stuff, and more responsibilities. In the spirit of un-goals and values, what if we set the intention to have less? Could we achieve more by having a lot less on our plates? There are plenty of opportunities for excess, but that could create clutter and barriers that make life more stressful. In this episode, I’m sharing why I’m aiming...


Job Values: How to Identify the Intangibles that Preserve Your Happiness at Work

When we talk about finding that right-fit job, the checklist is usually centered on salary, benefits, schedule, and the tangible things that ensure that it reflects our worth. The less tangible things also require some thought too, and they can have a bigger impact on how well we thrive in our roles. Enjoying your job and feeling like your values are being met preserves our happiness and our longevity in medicine, so it’s worth pinpointing them. How do we identify the values that...


The Surprising Benefit of Not Setting Goals: Why I'm Trying Un-Goals Instead

From finishing med school to reaching a certain income level, most of us live our lives by outcome-based, tick-the-box goals - but what if this approach just limits us? We’ve been indoctrinated with the idea of setting goals, but having such concrete resolutions can rob us of opportunities to fully enrich our lives. How do we shift from hard-coded goals to a driving principle for the year? How do we hold our lives to something less tangible? In this episode, I share why in 2023, I’m...


Survival Mode: When Does It Help Us & When Does It Work Against Us?

‘Tis the season for functioning in survival mode. With busy schedules, to-do lists, holiday plans, and the usual end-of-year stuff, sometimes all we can muster is just “good enough”. We can’t always be in peak achievement mode, and that’s okay. But when survival mode becomes less a temporary phase, and more a chronic state of being, there’s a problem. How can we tell if survival mode is becoming more maladaptive and toxic? What can we do when we’re stuck in survival mode? In this...


Don't Ignore Your Intuition: Why It Might Be Your Greatest Ally in a Negotiation

Call it gut instinct, a weird vibe, your sixth sense, or your brain picking up subtle cues, intuition is something we all have. As physicians, we get so caught up in the logic of things, it’s really easy to shrug off a gut instinct as unreliable, but what if the little nagging feeling holds a lot more wisdom than you give it credit for? In many ways, we subconsciously know what’s best for us, so ignoring our intuition can actually be detrimental. Do our instincts provide useful...


Holidays are Perfect for Transformational Conversations: Here's How to Make Them Happen with Ali Novitsky

Conversations - the ones we have with ourselves, and the ones we have with others - are such everyday, autopilot things, we can easily forget how powerful they can be. By fine-tuning our conversational skills, we can tap into a world of possibilities and create moments of transformation, whether it’s in your next negotiation, or at the dinner table over the holidays. What are the ingredients of a transformational conversation? How do we get past the natural tendencies that make it hard...


The Double-Edged Sword of Gratitude & How to Get on its Right Side

Gratitude is one of those things we’re socialized to believe is always positive, but there’s a lot more nuance to it. Sometimes saying thank you can go a long way, other times we use gratitude as an excuse to not ask. What are the advantages of showing gratitude? Where can gratitude take a turn for the negative? In this episode, I talk about how to make sure your ‘thank you’ is working for you and not against you at the negotiating table. Three Things You’ll Learn In This...


They Can’t Read Your Mind: How to Communicate What You Need From Your Job

To have a job that truly serves us and allows us to thrive at the highest level, certain boundaries and conditions need to be present. We may be acutely aware of what these things are for ourselves, but our employers can’t read our minds. We have to express our unique needs and spell them out so we can get the support we need to thrive in our jobs. How do we get key decision-makers to understand the day-to-day challenges we have in our jobs and the improvements we need? In this...


Victory Hangovers: What to Do When a Huge Win Feels Underwhelming

Big wins, leaps, and accomplishments are often associated with endorphin-rich highs and tons of elation, but what happens when the joy is short-lived, and we’re left feeling a little underwhelmed about the whole thing? Sometimes the after-effect of a win is more anticlimactic than we thought it would be, and that’s totally okay. Victory hangovers are a natural part of growing as a person, we won’t always have the warm and fuzzies when we achieve something great. How do we deal with all...


Does Your Body Language Match Your Ask? A Guide to Non-Verbal Influence

When we show up to a negotiation (or any conversation for that matter) it’s not just the words we say that make the ask, our body language does some speaking of its own too. If we’re making a big, bold ask, but our body language screams small - our words won’t pack as much of a punch, making it very confusing for the person on the other end. How do we create more alignment between our words and our body language? How do we make sure our confidence is equally heard and felt? In this...


How to Wear Your Boundaries Like Armor & Protect What Matters Most...Your Health with Dr. Sasha Shillcutt

Boundaries are associated with protecting ourselves from negativity, and even great things can become toxic without boundaries. Many of us love our jobs, but because we have so much on our plates, we’re always one stressful moment away from completely falling apart. In healthcare, it feels like we’re caught between accepting burnout as part of the job and quitting entirely. So is there a happier medium? How do we overcome this internal tug-of-war between what’s healthy for us and...


How to Break Out of Binary Thinking & See the Infinite Possibilities

All-or-nothing, dichotomous thinking is a little evolutionary trait that all human beings have. Though it can be helpful in many scenarios, it can be limiting at the negotiation table. When it feels like win or lose are the only options available to us, it makes us blind to the fact that there could be a third, fourth, or even fifth possibility worth exploring. How can we break ourselves free of constrictive thinking, look at our situation differently, and come up with other...


Before You Celebrate the Yes, Make Sure It's Backed By Execution

In a negotiation, not all yeses are created equal. Sometimes ‘yes’ is said to make you stop asking, and it’s not really backed by action or execution. How do we tell the difference so we don’t end up feeling stuck in limbo or getting strung along? Before we pat ourselves on the back and break out the champagne, it’s critical that we make sure what we’re excited about is a solid win and not an empty promise. What structures can we put in place to make sure we get what we negotiated for?...


You Can't Control Other People: 2 Ways to Cope with This & Still Show Up as a Boss

One of life’s biggest truths is that we have very little control over other people and how they show up and act. Even in a negotiation, we can have all our ducks in a row and the best intentions, but we still can’t control how people respond to us advocating for ourselves. The real challenge is accepting this and making sure we don’t let that mean anything about who we really are. How do we make sure other people’s responses don’t take away our power? In this episode, I offer two...


Multi-Party Negotiations: How to Create a Win-Win Scenario for Everyone

For many doctors, a negotiation isn’t as simple as a one-person to one-organization scenario - collective negotiations are pretty common. There are many ways things can get a little dicey when multiple parties with different priorities, goals, and needs are involved. Whether you’re negotiating in a space with multiple stakeholders or negotiating on behalf of a group, there are things we need to be mindful of to make it beneficial for everyone. In this episode, I’ll share 3 key areas we...


How to Overcome Overeating, Trust Your Body & Keep the Weight Off Forever with Dr. Katrina Ubell

Negotiation and self-care routinely go hand-in-hand. Feeling like our best selves can make it easier to focus our attention on our negotiations and negotiating a job that works for us helps us to have the time and energy to truly focus on ourselves. However, the diet programs we see everywhere disconnect us from our bodies, force us to eat food that doesn’t taste good, and ultimately lead us right back to where we started. Can we eat in a way that supports our bodies, creates...


Feeling Crappy After Your Negotiation? How to Change Your Mindset & Redefine Winning For You

You walk out of a negotiation, and instead of feeling hopeful and excited, you have a deep, sinking feeling and the nagging question - “Did I blow it?” As physicians, we navigate our fair share of situations that leave us feeling crappy but struggle to apply that mindset to other aspects of our jobs. Whether or not it’s the reality, it’s normal to believe that our negotiation went terribly, and then descend into a pit of catastrophic worst-case scenarios. Thankfully, there are ways to...