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Executive Development
I have had occasion recently to speak with several senior executives who care deeply about the issue of social justice but who are struggling to find the best way for themselves and their organizations to serve as positive instruments of change. Many of them voice fear about wading into the issue, given how emotionally charged...
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The events of 2020 have radically transformed the way we work. For leaders, one side effect has been a growing Addiction to Urgency. Being busy is a badge of honor in American business. Having a sense of urgency is a virtue and, compared to complacency and laziness, that makes a lot of sense. In his...
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Professional athletes, market innovators, art and tech prodigies all have a longstanding tradition of magnifying their skills with expert coaching. As Inc. magazine explains it, “It’s no secret that high performers of all stripes swear by coaching. Everyone from Google’s founders to the rock band Metallica credits coaches with getting them where they are today...
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An ancient proverb says it best: “The best day to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best day to plant a tree is TODAY.” In our work with health system leaders nationwide, we often get called upon to help find physicians who can lead an immediate strategic initiative. But the obvious reality is that’s...
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I was recently talking to a young healthcare executive when the conversation led to Executive Presence (EP). Nicole (not her real name), a petite minority woman explained how throughout her young career, she has been advised by professors, mentors and bosses to “improve my Executive Presence.” She has been repeatedly told to “look and act...
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“He saw me and changed course.”   A friend and fellow executive leadership coach, Will,* shared a story that was more than 25 years old. This memory of a moment has shaped him as an individual and a coach. It was an interaction between him and a transformational leader. He was stationed in the Middle...
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Nurse Executives Balancing Patient Care, Organizational Goals and Nursing Staff  In my experience as a Chief Nursing Officer, I often found myself in a position to justify the cost of nursing. In my mind, I was thinking – what is so hard to understand about being at the bedside, providing care for patients 24/7, every...
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In my last post, I revealed that you only have around 100 hours of discretionary time to fulfill all your hopes, dreams, ambitions and desires in your life.  How you use them should be viewed as an investment in what really matters to you. Leadership is harder than it looks to those who’ve never tried...
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Interpretation: Our Intentions, Expectations, Mood and Beliefs  Most leaders are skilled at external communication and trained in the areas of articulation, presenting, active listening, body language and emphasizing tone of voice.  As a matter of fact, most research says that 7% of our external communication is the content and the words we speak, 35% is...
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I recently retired from a Chief Medical Officer position in a large integrated health system and have been able to focus more on executive coaching.  In coaching, we have to build trust and rapport quickly so we may better advise and guide executives and other clinical leaders through their high-performing leadership journey.  I find myself...
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