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Have you given up on your New Year’s resolutions? Don’t feel bad if you have, you’re certainly not alone. Did you know there is a National Quitters’ Day? This is the day that researchers have identified as the point when most people give up on the resolutions set on January 1: to start that new...
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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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Many effective leaders are very good at identifying their vision, goals, and strategy for their organization.  Next, they set out to design an organizational structure that will help drive their strategy.  However, what is often overlooked is that a negative culture can make it nearly impossible to implement an excellent strategy. Although an organizational strategy...
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In this third post, in my series on effective leadership, I want to single out the Three Secrets to Energy Management. Leadership is harder than it looks to those who’ve never tried it.  It exacts a real toll in mental and emotional energy that must be methodically recharged to avoid burnout. Effective leaders, like world-class athletes,...
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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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Is your lack of executive presence keeping you from getting results? One of the most common reasons that leaders don’t get chosen for a high-level position is because they do not have executive presence. What does it mean to be lacking in executive presence? Could it be the reason you didn’t get that promotion, even though...
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Observations on the benefits of team-based care and making the transition to it Why Team-Based Care? Over the past several years a lot has been written and done around team-based care. A few of the reasons for this increased focus include: the changing healthcare industry landscape; the shift to value-based care; Quadruple Aim goals (raising...
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Normal, predictable and thankfully, manageable stages of teams “I guess I am not a good leader.” There are times when someone I am coaching – who happens to be a fantastic leader – will turn to me in exasperation and say something along the lines of, “I guess I am not a good leader.  If...
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