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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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The Power of Gratitude for Leaders!

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The Power of Gratitude for Leaders by Kiki Orski The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. But did you know the research also supports that a positive attitude contributes to greater success in work? While we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to […]

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Less Communication= Better Results?

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With the amount of work that is being piled onto every leader’s plate, it is tough to make it through your “to do” list every day, never mind being constantly interrupted to speak with every employee. But what if there was a way where you could have more meaningful, more productive, more enjoyable …. and yes…. shorter conversations with your employees? Well I witnessed it for myself…with the Blanchard Situational Leadership II model. This strategic leadership model can have a tremendous positive impact on your organization. Potential results include more […]

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Don’t Let Poor Communication Ruin Your Summer!

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Good communication is the key to EVERYTHING! Yet I don’t know a single person who goes around saying “Wow I am an awesome communicator!” So it must mean we all have room for improvement. Whether it is sharing your vision for your department, setting behavioral expectations, getting employee buy in for improvement initiatives or setting and executing on strategy…excellent communication is a must. And if I had to suggest one area every leader should improve on …it is communication. Communication is the key to building strong, productive relationships between managers […]

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