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Robert Porter
In the course of our coaching practice, one of the principles we discuss most frequently with our clients is the notion of the importance of “heads up” time. It is typical and natural for busy executives to spend much of their day in “heads down” time, attending to the important priorities and tasks at hand. ...
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Contributing Authors: Robert Porter and Kathy Gibala We continue to be humbled by those of you who are fearlessly working at the front lines of this crisis, putting your own health at risk to respond to the call to human service.  And we have been so impressed by the resilience, resourcefulness, and courage demonstrated by...
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The symbiotic relationship between hospitals and physicians has been complicated by new technology, changes to care delivery models, and the emergence of new management priorities. During this webinar, hear from Robert Porter, senior vice president and executive coach with MEDI Leadership, and Matt Troup, president and CEO of Conway (Ark.) Regional Health System, about how...
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A few years ago, I finally decided to take up the guitar, a long-time goal of mine. After playing for a while and becoming reasonably proficient, at least at the basics, I was asked by a friend to play and sing at his wedding. I thought, “Why not? I do pretty well in my study...
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The process of designing and deploying any disruptive change is challenging and must overcome the natural human resistance to change. This is even more challenging when the charge to lead the change process is given to a team made up of members who have no history with one another or, as is often the case...
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One of the most pervasive issues for executive leaders is the struggle to achieve work-life integration. MEDI Leadership Executive Coach Robert Porter provides some practical steps to take control of your life. Learn about his observations about patterns of behavior that have proven effective in improving work-life integration for successful healthcare leaders. Click the image...
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Hospitals and health systems continue to operate in a turbulent, fast-changing environment with relentless pressure to improve an array of performance metrics: patient experience, clinical quality, patient safety and operating costs. While there is much interest in and discussion about structural and transformational change, the formidable barriers to such change have limited their impact. With...
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Challenges and Concepts for the Local Hospital Leader In a previous article, I discussed the rationale for, and challenges associated with, the formation of large, multi-entity systems, and suggested steps that system-level leaders might take to improve their success at realizing the potential of those systems.  In this article, I want to examine the challenges...
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Challenges and Concepts for the Healthcare System Leader As the healthcare landscape continues to reshape itself through various forms of enterprise combinations, leaders face the challenge of integrating multiple entities into a unified enterprise. The theoretical value of increasing scale is undeniable but capturing that value is no easy task. It requires thoughtful, persistent effort...
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Practical Steps to Take Control of Your Life One of the most pervasive issues in my coaching practice is the struggle leaders have to achieve work-life integration.  I choose those words deliberately instead of using the typical phrase “work-life balance” as balance implies giving up some of one thing in order to get more of...
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