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Physicians: Don’t Let the New CMS Primary Cares Initiative Happen TO You

Recently, I participated in a panel discussion at the Midwest Independent Physician Association spring conference. Our discussion was on population health management and the current and future state of value-based delivery in healthcare. It just so happened that the conference coincided closely with CMS’ announcement of the five new payment model options which are set...
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A Simple Tool for Decision-making Discussions

Most discussions of decision-making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives’ decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake.   –Peter Drucker Decisions. As a leader you make them all day, every day. But how clear are you, really, about the decision-making authority you have in your role? What about your direct...
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Great Leadership: Three Steps to Find the Prize

There is no shortage of leadership definitions. In fact, a search on Amazon reveals well over 60,000 book titles on leadership, alone. No doubt many, if not all, of the authors hold and define their own description of the discipline. At the risk of adding to this mix, I would like to discuss mine. My...
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Healthcare Governance and Leadership Development: Why Stop at the C-Suite?

My favorite quote is, “The first job of leadership is to define reality,” from the former President and CEO of Herman Miller office furniture company, Max Depree. As someone who has sat both in the hospital executive suite and at its board table, I have some thoughts about the reality of leadership in healthcare governance....
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Nursing Leadership: What Decisions Can I Make?

Most of us would probably agree that making a decision isn’t difficult. We make decisions on a regular basis in our personal life – what to wear, what to eat, when to purchase a car, etc. The steps are clear: identify the issue, gather the evidence, consider options, act, evaluate for effectiveness….and then start again....
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Meditation Muddled by Saving the Starfish

I often talk with my coaching clients about “heads-up” versus “heads-down” time. Heads-up time is when leaders shift from doing to being, allowing time to think, to meditate. Heads-down down is the everyday doing. As leaders we need both, but too often we find ourselves stuck in heads-down. This morning I took a walk on...
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Taper: An Essential Element of High-Performance Leadership

It is all about the taper. In a former life, I was an exercise physiologist and competitive swimming coach. In my youth, I was a competitive swimmer. None of us were famous, neither the coach nor the swimmers. We had a mix of talent. Some were national champions and record holders, and most were not. However,...
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Resistant to Change? It’s All in Your Head (Literally).

… What leaders really do is prepare organizations for change and help them cope as they struggle through it. – John Kotter, Harvard Business Review As a senior leader in healthcare, you often find yourself at the forefront of change. You personally grapple with changes in the industry, within your organization, and even perhaps your...
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Leveraging Happiness to Drive Results

Six Practical Tips for Finding Happiness There is an abundance of driven executives in healthcare. Leaders who engage with me have a high work ethic. They are willing to put in many hours and have a strong vision for themselves and their organizations. They are motivated and want healthcare to be the best it can...
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