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Nursing Leadership
Ego-driven leaders tend to make up stories when facing challenges in order to avoid taking personal responsibilities. When you encounter an upsetting situation, your ego may cause you to make guesses and judgements about others’ intentions and you start telling yourself a story. In the absence of honest self-reflection, these stories are a lazy way...
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Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a must for high-performing leaders during regular times, but it is especially important during crises. When times are uncertain and decisions are especially complex, leaders need to tune in to their own emotions in order to better understand and manage them. They also need to be aware of others’ emotions to...
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For many healthcare leaders, things have been nothing short of brutal. How does a leader stay in a good place and help others do the same when things are so difficult? At MEDI we have noticed three essential elements. Abide by the Stockdale Paradox Confront the brutal facts of your present reality while never losing...
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By Robert (Bob) Porter and Janet Dombrowski You’re working hard to grow as a leader and are making meaningful progress. Well done! Looking ahead, how do you sustain your progress until those changes become new, unconscious habits? It’s helpful to think of growth as a cycle with four distinct phases: Unconscious “incompetence” You have blind...
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Along with our experiences as coaches, studies increasingly point to a new reality for leaders: The ways we’ve led and made decisions in healthcare are no longer adequate to lead today’s more complex organizations. Today’s new realities require agile leaders masterful in the art and science of co-creating coordinated movement. With that in mind, we’ve...
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How do you give feedback to someone on your team who is not self-aware?  So often, our feedback is judgmental, too general, and over-generalized. It looks something like this:   “Yesterday at our meeting, you acted like a jerk. Why do you have to keep interrupting people? We are really tired of you!”  This approach is...
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Professional athletes, market innovators and artistic prodigies all have a longstanding tradition of magnifying their skills with expert coaching. Likewise, high-performing healthcare leaders are ideal candidates for individualized leadership growth. Can “born leaders” succeed indefinitely? While some are “born leaders” with innate charisma and good instincts, most leadership skills must be learned or refined, argues...
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It’s a common predicament: You attend a conference, watch an online course or spend time with a mentor, hear fascinating insights, take copious notes, and then… nothing. By the time you’re back to work, the ideas you thought could catapult your impact on the job are fuzzy memories, trampled by daily responsibilities and relegated to...
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In today’s necessarily complex organizations, the organization chart rarely provides complete clarity around the issue of authority. Within a hospital, work is done across departments and functional lines, knitting together their capabilities in initiatives designed to improve a process or implement a program. In multi-entity systems, local hospital leaders depend on the performance of functions...
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Pandemic or no pandemic, you might have noticed that applying a “best practice” from someplace else sometimes fails to produce significant, sustainable improvements in your “place.” After decades of herculean efforts, often drawing upon the free exchange of “best practices,” in U.S. healthcare we’re still far behind what we’d hoped to achieve in clinical outcomes,...
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