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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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We are hearing a lot about how to manage change in healthcare. Unfortunately, the focus is generally on the mechanics: how will we reorganize, what new structures and processes will be put in place. The human side of organizational change is often ignored. If leaders overlook the importance of managing the transition period, that unavoidable...
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Balance is often misunderstood in the world of healthcare.  Often leaders confuse balance with time management.  We often hear our clients say “if I could just get my schedule under control then I would have more time and therefore more balance”, or “I signed up for a life in healthcare so I knew there would...
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I had the great privilege and honor to be asked to present at the Marcus Evans CNO Summit in March. In preparing for the presentation, it was nice to have some time to reflect on the role of the nurse executive in transformation.  I know my invitation was based on my Emeritus Chief Nursing Officer...
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