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Summer Edition: Why Doing What You Love is Important

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Are You Happy At Work? Here’s why it matters! Who would you rather take care of you? A happy employee or one that isn’t? I want someone who is excited to come to work, who has a smile on their face, and who cannot wait to take on the challenges of the day. Sound crazy? I don’t think so. Yet, the research indicates the general workforce, which includes healthcare, is overwhelmingly not excited to go to work. Is that you too? So for this special summer edition, I thought I […]

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Become a More Effective Leader Using Emotional Intelligence

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Strong leaders embrace the four domains of emotional intelligence which include self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness, and relationship management. Last month we focused on self-awareness. I hope you took the quiz! The link is below if you missed it. This month we’ll highlight self-management. Effective leaders have a way of operating from a place of total self-control that is inspiring to others. By focusing on where you place your attention, you become more self-aware, you take control of where you direct your energy, and therefore can get more consistent results as […]

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The Power of Emotional Intelligence: How it helps you to be a more successful leader

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We all know good leadership when it presents itself. Effective leaders, who strive to achieve excellence in all they do, behave in a way that is both inspiring and reassuring to others. When you think of a strong leader, what qualities or characteristics come to your mind? The challenge of cultivating emotionally intelligent leadership is that it goes far beyond being able to deliver an inspiring message. Emotionally intelligent leadership is about recognizing, discerning and adapting to emotions. Leaders, who can authentically pave the way for achieving great results by […]

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Five Traits of Agile Leaders in Healthcare

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“I am easily satisfied with the very best”. This quote by Winston Churchill reminds me of the difference between Agile leaders and average leaders in healthcare. Agile leaders always look for opportunities to improve and never settle for ‘good enough’. Here are 5 traits that I have found common in Agile leaders: 1. Agile leaders are self-aware. They are confident and willing to take action, even in situations they have never encountered before. This powerful combination followed by intense self-reflection allows them to understand their strengths and weaknesses and adjust […]

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The Power of Reflection

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Can the power of reflection help you to be a better leader in 2017? ABSOLUTELY!! So how can you as a leader use the power of refection to show up as your best self?  Use the following steps. This will take you a little time and effort, but it will be worth it. You can do this for all of last year, last quarter, last month or just yesterday. Schedule a few quiet moments to reflect on your accomplishments. Don’t forget to keep great notes. 1. What did you set out to […]

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Intentions: What are they and can they help you be more SUCCESSFUL?

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What is the power of intention? It is the internal reason why you do something. Intentions are based on your passion, values, or purpose; it is the bigger picture of why you do anything. It is the undeniable first step to successfully achieving any goal and without it makes meaningful goals very difficult to achieve. It is, in my opinion, what distinguishes a great leader from a good leader in those who appear to be absolutely equal in their skills and abilities. It is this power of setting an intention […]

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Are you an AGILE Leader?

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Every industry is experiencing change at the speed of light. Heads are spinning, regulations changing, customer expectations rising and competitors doing what we should have done years ago…successfully. Is this happening in your world too? To deal with this environment of constant change, uncertainty and turbulence you need to become and be surrounded by AGILE Leaders. The AGILE concept started when software companies just could not put out products good enough or fast enough for their customers. A feeling many of us in healthcare can relate to. AGILE organizations welcome […]

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Give Your Leaders the Skills They Need to Succeed

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When is the last time you had leadership training that made a difference? How many improvements to the organization were realized and sustained as a result of that training? If you are like most healthcare organizations… the answer to these questions is too long ago and not enough!   Traditionally, employees who excel at their work are promoted to a managerial or supervisory leadership role, and while clinical and technical excellence serves as the foundation, it is not enough to ensure success in the role of having employees report directly to them. […]

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DISCRETIONARY EFFORT: HOW MUCH ARE YOU GETTING?

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The Gallup Organization research shows that only about 32% of the US workforce is highly engaged. What about the remaining 68%?  The issue is not about how accurate you believe those numbers are, even though their database is impressive, but rather what percent of your employees are highly engaged and what can you do to improve it.  If you look around your team and realize that perhaps those numbers are not that far off, there could be serious implications for you as a Leader.  It is no secret that there […]

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Listen Better, Lead Better!

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Leaders Need to Listen Better! With healthcare organizations so fervently focused on improving the patient experience while scouring the bottom line, it’s easy to ignore “softer” leadership skills, such as listening. Many believe this to be a touchy-feely approach to leadership and therefore a waste of time. On the contrary! A focus on your own listening skills can lead to more effective teamwork, higher productivity, fewer conflicts and errors, enhanced problem-solving, improved retention, and dramatically improved patient satisfaction scores. As authors on leadership development have noted, listening is essential for […]

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