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Leadership
When I started my professional coaching work, after 30+ years in healthcare leadership, I became curious as to why so many leaders wanted me to coach “up” various people reporting to them – to work on Executive Presence. When I asked them what Executive Presence meant to them, the answers were vague: the “IT” factor,...
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We have a belief at MEDI Leadership: culture eats strategy for lunch. You may consider this quote from Peter Drecker overused, but most likely you sense some truth in it. If you’re not sure you agree with Mr. Drecker’s statement, consider the strategies that exist throughout hospitals today. Some of the best minds have created...
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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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Below is a short reflection of multiple interactions I’ve recently had with several clients. Let’s imagine a healthcare CEO and leader of a large regional delivery system in the Midwest. The conversation is one you could very well have with me or one of my coaching colleagues at MEDI Leadership if you engage our services....
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It’s the season of holiday cheer. This means warm family gatherings, fun work celebrations, friend luncheons, shopping, wrapping, gift exchanges, more gift exchanges, and even more gift exchanges. Do you ever feel like the exchanging of gifts just falls flat? Not that the gift is wrong, or that the thought and intention behind the sharing...
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Despite the visible increase in narcissism and rudeness in society and politics, humility & kindness are making a surprise come-back in business and leadership. Best-selling author Patrick Lencioni argues that the best team members don’t have big egos or concerns about status- they seek to point out the contributions of others, and they focus on collective, not...
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I coach softball. Or, I did when my kids were younger. Now, I just enjoy watching them play. With three daughters who play year-round ball, I’ve dubbed myself a bona-fide softball mom. I follow social media groups for insights and inspiration for softball enthusiasts. On one social feed the other day, I saw something that...
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What are values? Values are the very root of our existence and are the guidepost to our interactions, relationships, decisions, and behavior. Most of us, off the top of our heads, don’t know what our values are and are not intentional about living out of our values. Regardless if we know them or not, we...
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Does it ever feel like leading in healthcare is difficult? Messy? Perhaps it feels like success is just beyond your reach – no matter how much you move forward? I’ve heard all the above from my coaching clients. I assure them (and you) that they (and you) are not alone. Almost every leader in healthcare...
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Many of America’s societal problems have reached crisis status. These issues have always impacted the healthcare industry. Yet today, they are not merely knocking on the industry’s door – they are blasting the door off its hinges! The challenges we face as a result of the opioid crisis, inferior education, human trafficking, racial injustice, poverty,...
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