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May 7, 2021
Becoming the CEO of Your Function or Department

The increasingly complex and rapidly changing context facing healthcare organizations, especially in an era of global pandemics, translates to a significant burden on CEOs to think and act more strategically.   Setting aside time to anticipate potential threats and opportunities is tricky for many CEOs who can easily get trapped in tactical firefighting. The key is […]

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April 23, 2021
Leader Evolution Through Stages

Susan is a newly promoted healthcare leader to her role in revenue reporting with four staff members. As a new manager, she feels overwhelmed trying to learn all she needs to know about her role, manage her team, and respond to her boss's demands. In her role only a couple of months, Susan has damaged […]

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April 9, 2021
Leader Development: Supercharge your strengths or fix your flaws?

I just kicked off a year-long leadership academy for a group of 20 physicians that are members of an international medical academy. As part of the program, I administered an emotional intelligence self-assessment that opened many participants' eyes about their skills and development needs. A number of the participants asked me whether they should focus […]

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March 26, 2021
Stepping it Up: Getting Ready for Your First Leadership Role

Steve is a high-potential analyst in his hospital’s finance department and interested in stepping into this first leadership role. He was selected for a high potentials leadership program I was facilitating, including 360-degree assessment and executive coaching. With the awareness he gained from the assessment, Steve made great gains in enhancing his performance and addressing […]

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March 12, 2021
Research Briefs: Building resilience

With roots in the positive psychology movement, resilience has quickly emerged in the past 20 years as an important quality and skill for helping adults thrive in their lives and professions. While a number of books and articles have been written about resilience-building strategies in the past ten years, relatively few of these sources are […]

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February 26, 2021
Virtual Leadership Development: Preventing the Webinar from Hell

Associations are increasingly using virtual classrooms and webinars to develop volunteer leaders as a means for reducing costs and expanding access to geographically diverse memberships. Having designed and facilitated such programs for nearly a decade, I find that no matter how experienced we are in producing online webinars, stuff happens. Technical glitches can quickly negate […]

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February 12, 2021
The Importance of Context and Structure for Leader Success

As an executive coach, I am often invited into organizations to help peak performing leaders get ready for a promotion and executives that struggle in their current roles. Performance is the result of a leader's ability as well as the presence of contextual factors that support peak performance. While coaching can help accelerate skill development, […]

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January 29, 2021
Improving the Impact of Team Building Efforts

Team building is a process of improving the ability of a team to collaborate and help it both achieve organizational results and fulfill the needs of its participants. Because some groups demonstrate unconscious patterns that limit their effectiveness, these engagements usually involve diagnosis, facilitation, and coaching over many weeks and months. Unfortunately, the investments some […]

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January 15, 2021
Navigating Burnout: Reigniting Resiliency in a Leadership Team

Steve is a CEO in a 300-bed healthcare system and has four senior executives that report directly to him. With the stresses and demands of the COVID pandemic, he has noticed a palpable shift in their morale. They are much more emotionally reactive, make poor decisions, and become easily rattled in dealing with emerging issues. […]

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January 14, 2021
Achieving Goals: The role of self-efficacy and action orientation

While there are many factors that enable goal achievement, two of the most important ones are self-efficacy and action orientation.

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