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Episode 46: Front Office Makeover With the Aha! Method

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“You as a practitioner modeling this awareness of energy, emotions, and how to change your state will go a long way to changing your culture,” explains host Dr. Lara Salyer. Burnout happens in every industry and in order to learn how to get through it, it is vital to learn how to activate your own embodied energy. With the aha method, you can get into more of a creative flow state while also making an environment that feels psychologically safe. Without that feeling of safety, creativity cannot flourish.

Aha stands for anchor, highlight, activate.

Anchor refers to your core values. Every decision you make for your business needs to be anchored in those key values. This is what helps create that culture of safety and trust. Once your values are anchored, you can move onto the highlight phase. It is pivotal to highlight milestones and feedback opportunities so that you as management and your team can always be on the same page. It can be difficult for some people to give feedback, especially when that feedback may be something they know you won’t want to hear. Providing a means for anonymous feedback can help make this process a little smoother. The final step is to activate your own embodied energy. Get more in tune with your body so that you can control your own energy. This will ensure you are able to enter flow state whenever you need to.

Burnout happens in every industry. Be prepared with the aha method, so you can create a cadence of flow and keep pushing through while staying true to your core values. Apply the method to any situation in your business where you are feeling there is a need for improvement. You’ll be surprised how much better you and your team will feel when you’re exchanging frequent feedback, establishing a feeling of safety, and utilizing your embodied energy.

About The Catalyst Host, Dr. Lara Salyer:

I worked as a family physician for 15 years until burnout changed the trajectory of my career. I realized I wanted to start a holistic functional medicine practice in my rural hometown and made it happen. In addition to practicing functional medicine, I now mentor practitioners who are looking to change their paths in healthcare by using what I refer to as the “Catalyst Roadmap”. I share each step of this framework with listeners so that they may apply it to their careers, relationships, personal goals, and projects. 

In This Episode I'm Talking About:

  • How burnout happens in every industry and the tools to get you through it
  • The Aha Method and how it can make an environment feel psychologically safe
  • How to get more in tune with your body so that you can control your own energy


  • “The reason we start with anchoring values is key because every decision made after this, every communication pattern, every email, every newsletter can mention and reflect these core values. It becomes that drumbeat of your culture, it becomes that all inclusive psychological safety that you start with.” (9:26-9:49 | Dr. Lara)


  • “After we anchored the core values we moved to highlight. In this case, we want to highlight milestones and feedback opportunities to help staff grow.” (10:23-10:33 | Dr. Lara)


  • “It’s best to highlight milestones and feedback opportunities, so we all can get on the same page.” (10:51-10:56 | Dr. Lara)


  • “Some people feel very comfortable giving you feedback right away, right to your face. And that’s great. But you also want to provide an anonymous suggestion box. We have blind spots, just like everybody and sometimes it can feel difficult if there’s a power dynamic to mention something that might be a little upsetting.” (14:29-14:48 | Dr. Lara)


  • “Burnout happens to everybody in every industry. The world is going to always have burnout. And in order for us to help excavate this and pedal through it, we need to learn how to activate our own embodied energy.” (15:07-15:21 | Dr. Lara) 


  • “If you’re feeling low energy, you can activate more energy with different inspiration and expiration breath work. You can also jump up and down, shake or dance. If you’re feeling too activated, you can downshift with vagal toning exercises like swaying or humming.” (17:05-17:23 | Dr. Lara)


  • “You as a practitioner modeling this awareness of energy, emotions, and how to change your state will go a long way to changing your culture.” (17:33-17:45 | Dr. Lara)

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