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Healthcare management
It is stating the obvious to say that the situation confronting healthcare leaders is as challenging, if not more challenging, than any time in our history.  After surviving the ravages of the emergent stage of the COVID pandemic, we find ourselves facing a landscape which has been dramatically, and permanently, changed. We not only face...
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Though the challenges healthcare leaders face aren’t entirely new, there’s no denying our industry is undergoing a season of heightened and accelerated transformation.  As conditions change, how do you inspire your team, reduce resistance, and compel others to follow your lead? And how do you empower employees to create new solutions toward shared goals? As...
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Burnout has reached crisis levels among healthcare workers. Earlier this year, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murphy issued an advisory highlighting the urgent need to alleviate the burnout crisis and promote the mental health and well-being of health workers. Addressing the problem begins with identifying what’s fueling it. In this post, we explore five common causes...
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As pressures mount and resources dwindle, delivering outstanding healthcare hinges largely on your ability to bring out the best in each member of your team. Easier said than done, of course. Though optimizing team performance can seem daunting, research on the neuroscience of workplace dynamics can help. The application of neuroscientific findings to leadership development...
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Our brains are story-making machines. When faced with the unknown, those stories always spin negative. The world today is faced with the unknown of COVID-19, and the healthcare environment is moving at an unprecedented pace. As humans, our default setting is to find and focus upon every negative consequence imaginable. That’s fear, and it is paralyzing. Leadership...
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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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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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