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Managers Respond to Change, Leaders Seek It

      There are so many great Leaders in history that exemplify the notion that Leaders are change agents.  From a business perspective, Steve Jobs comes to mind, and is one of my favorite of all time.  Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John F. Kennedy also conjure up images of people willing to look … Continue reading

When You No Longer Hear of Problems…You Have Problems

      A new leader came to me one time and asked for more responsibility.  He said, “I feel like I have solved most of the challenges within my team.”  This seemed unlikely, but hey you never know, so I went with it.  “What makes you think that?”  He went on to talk about how when … Continue reading

Myth #2: You Have to be a Leader to be a Leader

     Where does it say that you have to actually be in a leadership position to actually lead people?  It doesn’t, because you don’t.  Anybody can be a leader, from the CEO of the organization, to the janitor, to a woman riding on a bus.  The distinction is in the definition of leadership. My definition … Continue reading

Are You a Good Leader? Look Behind You and Find Out

           In Healthcare today, it takes strong leadership.  More so, than at any other time in our nation’s history.  We are at a crossroads.  We will either find a way to turn the ship of declining outcomes and rising costs, or we will meet a fate similar to that of the Titanic. Whenever a leader … Continue reading

Healthcare in America: Sit down, shut up, and hold on

         Healthcare leaders across the United States are scrambling to catch up with the shift that is occurring across our healthcare system.  It may shock you to learn what it is all about.  The patient.  I know, crazy right?  For the past 50 or so years our system has placed the patient in the backseat … Continue reading

Could Steve Jobs be the Answer for American Healthcare?

     Most healthcare professionals have come to realize that the United States healthcare system is broken.  There is much research and data to support this. A recent World Health Organization report shows that despite the US being one of the wealthiest nations in the industrialized world, we are far from being the healthiest. How can … Continue reading

Establish Clear Lines of Authority, Responsibility and Accountability

            If you haven’t read the book American Turnaround by Ed Whitacre, you are missing one of the great reads of the last few years in business books.  It is absolutely brilliant.  He talks over and over about the need to establish clear lines of authority, responsibility, and accountability. Often times, these three things are … Continue reading

There are Two Kinds of Leaders in This World, My Friend

One of my favorite scenes in the movie “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” is when Blondie (Clint Eastwood’s character) tells Tuco (Eli Wallach) the famous line: “There are two kinds of people, my friend.  Those with loaded guns, and those who dig.  You dig.” There is another saying when it comes to “making … Continue reading

Praise in Public, Coach in Private

                There are times when it becomes important to provide feedback, both positive and negative.  As a leader, you must be willing to both give and receive on a regular basis.  The key to doing so, is in the delivery.  Far too many times you see someone chastise or belittle someone in front of peers … Continue reading

Take Ownership of Mistakes

As a leader, there are times when you will make a mistake.  Some are small, some are great, but all of them deserve the same response.  This is sometimes easier said than done.  It can be embarrassing to admit that you didn’t do the right thing. Often times, the people around you will feel defeated … Continue reading

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