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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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Budget cuts? Staffing shortages? Working 12-hour days or longer? Double and triple bookings? All of those stressors likely sound familiar. We thought the height of COVID would be the worst of busyness and demands on healthcare leaders, but since the crescendo of the pandemic, stressors haven’t tapered down. Instead, they continue to climb. In the...
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It’s tough to achieve and maintain Magnet status — the gold standard of nursing excellence — in the midst of a massive nursing shortage, growing defections and discontent. Healthcare is undergoing a deep transformation, and navigating it well requires transformational leaders.  More than managing checklists and processes, transformational nurse leaders are adept at being change...
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In my coaching practice it is surprisingly common for me to encounter experienced and highly accomplished leaders riddled periodically with crippling self-doubt. Known as the “imposter syndrome” or “inner critic,” that internal voice of self-doubt is something that seemingly every leader battles to some extent at some time, regardless of overwhelming, objective evidence to the...
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Chances are your organization is struggling to fill nurse vacancies today, and nurses under your roof are struggling with burnout. Some are actively looking for a way out, ready to jump ship for better compensation, work/life balance, or retirement.  You’re not alone in that predicament, of course. Earlier this spring, a letter from the American...
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What does it take to develop leaders who are consistently effective in driving transformation, building high-performing teams, and achieving personal, professional and organizational goals? One of the greatest blessings in my career as a former executive in healthcare was working with an executive coach. Talk about a transformational experience. To understand the value of executive...
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It doesn’t take a crystal ball to know the next several months will continue to bring intense pressure, changes and opportunities for healthcare organizations. It’s a season that will reveal extraordinary leaders, and also expose leaders struggling with these new challenges (and, quite honestly, some of the same challenges of the past).  How prepared are...
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Leadership can be a lonely experience. That loneliness is a common reason why many healthcare leaders turn to executive coaching. You see, leaders are always in the spotlight in their own organizations. They have few safe places to turn and share their misgivings, their quest, and just be themselves. The coaching relationship provides a safe...
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