Practical Bravery: DR AMINA AITSI-SELMI



What can we learn from medical practice about resilience, purpose and communication that can support every line of work? If all professionals had an opportunity to reflect deeply on what matters to them before leaping into the next job, how much more likely would productivity, adaptability, and success (whatever that means) be? How can we challenge the conventional metrics of success and emphasise the importance of aligning our careers with personal values and well-being?
Our guest has delivered babies in war zones with Médecins Sans Frontières and shaped global health policies with the UN. But a big leap came in 2016 when she founded a coaching and consulting practice, working with some of the worl’d highest achievers and game-changers to redefine their paths to fulfillment.

This is The Possibility Club, and our special guest is author, doctor, coach, academic, Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi

Key quotes:

“Public health is always trying to link political decision-making and making a difference in people’s daily lives. That is the science and art of public health.”

“I was advised that it’s good to get clinical experience before going into policy or research, so people would give you respect and treat you as a ‘proper’ doctor.”

“These public health policy decisions aren’t just scientific.”

“It’s not so much about ‘understanding’ as it is about creating a sense of safety in society, through social safety nets, having political dialogue that’s wise and sensible, not polemical and inflammatory, and having media that actually informs and helps people think sensibly, not in a polarised way.”

“There’s so much stress, fear and anxiety, that survival mechanisms which narrow attention and focus take over.”

“Even the idea of flying around talking about climate change started to grate. It didn’t make sense.”

“Sometimes you wonder how you suspend disbelief and just do things.”

“A crisis is an opportunity to dig deeper, to start to question: what’s the model I’ve followed so far, what is true for me now?”

“We need more leaders who are self-aware. It’s not just the leaders; the whole ecosystem needs to evolve.”

“There’s a sense that we’re being hijacked, and that’s not helpful for our development.”

“A lot of people seem to resign when they work with me! They apply for a new job, or they’re offered a new job.”

This episode was recorded in April 2024

Interviewer: Richard Freeman for always possible

Editor: CJ Thorpe-Tracey for Lo Fi Arts


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