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Executive Presence: I know it when I see it!… Really?

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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9 Steps to Build a Culture for Better Clinical Outcomes (Part 1)

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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How to Find Your Future Physician Leaders

An ancient proverb says it best: “The best day to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best day to plant a tree is TODAY.” In our work with health system leaders nationwide, we often get called upon to help find physicians who can lead an immediate strategic initiative. But the obvious reality is that’s...
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Executive Presence: “Playing the Game” or “Selling Out?”

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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Defining a Leader’s Reality: Ordered or Unordered?

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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12 Questions for a Great New Year

I always enjoy this time of year, on the verge of a fresh new year of possibilities. Many people make New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never been a fan. For the most part, they turn out to be more of a wish than an actual resolution. Without some real intention, resolutions don’t seem to hold much...
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In this Season of Presents, Consider the Gift of Presence

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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The Bermuda Triangle of Holidays

Happy Holidays! We have kicked off this annual trifecta – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Traditions and thankfulness filled the air as people ate together on Thursday (or another selected day) and shopped together on Friday! Belated Thanksgiving wishes to you all! As much as this season is intended to be joyous and magical, it...
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The Power of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to consider how gratitude can change our lives and our hearts. It might be a routine for your family around the Thanksgiving table to share what they are thankful for this past year. Practicing gratitude is something that is not just a once a year activity. There is research to...
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