Transformational Leadership

NY TIMES: More Doctors Giving Up Private Practices

An excellent article in the New York Times highlights one of the “hottest” topics in healthcare: specialists anxiously seeking out hospitals to buy their practices. Integration has been the holy grail of healthcare for many years, yet few physicians saw merit to being an employee. In my travels across the country in the past 3 […]

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Physicians Can Benefit from “Happiness Coaching”

An enjoyable article in today’s Wall Street Journal “Happiness Coaching Comes to the Workplace” highlights the value of structured programs (seminars) and coaching to improve the mood and attitudes of workers.  The article features Dr. Ivelisse Rivera, a physician at Community Health Center, Middletown, Conn., who learns the benefits of adjusting her mood and attitude […]

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A Mentoring Guide for Academic Physician Leaders

If you are an Academic Medicine faculty member, the role of “mentor” is frequently included in your role description.  How do you know whether you are doing that job well? Perhaps your only hint is your frustration that your junior colleagues are not showing the improvement you hoped for. On the flip side, are you […]

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Physician Leader of Clinical Process Improvement Highlighted in the New York Times

This week’s New York Times has an excellent article on healthcare improvement.  Specifically they highlight the work at Intermountain Health Care and Dr. Brent James.  I feel fortunate to be an alumni of Dr. James Advanced Training Program in Clinical Process Improvement.  Along with Dr. Don Berwick, I consider Dr. James to be a key […]

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Attention Physician Leaders: Verizon Study Quantifies Improved Performance From Advanced Collaboration

The topic of “collaboration” is a big one now, particularly in my work with healthcare organizations implementing advanced EMR technology and CPOE (Computerized Physician Order Entry).  Collaboration can certainly be a throw-away piece of jargon, but it is a proficiency that will be required of medical staffs and groups as they move forward into the […]

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Sharpen Yourself for Leadership: Three Resources to Consider

Are you keeping up with the latest ideas being floated in the board room? How are you getting yourself ready for the next level of responsibility? Do you KNOW what that next level IS? I want to share some ideas for how you can “upgrade” yourself this summer with some easy reading.

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When the Going Gets Tough, Physicians Get Creative

I have been wondering how much the economic down turn will affect healthcare and physicians. It’s hard to know, but one thing I DO know is that you can’t sit by and wring your hands.  As physicians, most of us have the luxury of knowing our medical skills will always be our back-up plan. But […]

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Arrogant and Disruptive – Doctors Behaving Badly

Here we go again, bad boy (and girl) doctors causing problems with colleagues AND putting patients at risk.  An article in the December 1, 2008, issue of the New York Times, Arrogant, Abusive and Disruptive–and a Doctor, reminds us once again about an issue that is NOT being addressed well within hospitals and health systems.

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Physician, Is “Boldness” Your Next Move?

Over the past three weeks, as we’ve gone through an historic election, a saying from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe kept coming to mind: Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.  Sometimes the “next” step for you is not the incremental and cautious, but rather the BOLD and courageous.  Now, I didn’t say “risky.”  Not […]

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What Will be Your Legacy as a Physician?

I’ve heard some physicians wonder out loud if their career has been “wasted” – either because they were on a path that wasn’t a good fit, or they spent years focusing on accumulating and worrying, rather than on contributing and enjoying.  The question is one of personal value:  Am I measuring up? And by whose […]

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Physicians with MD, MBA in their future

Here I am with some of the physicians and clinicians enrolled in the Healthcare Executive MBA (HCEMBA) program at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. I was there last week as an invited speaker to lead a workshop, “Career Strategies for Physicians and Healthcare Leaders.” What a great group of people!— and an excellent […]

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Physicians who will transform healthcare are transforming themselves!

My physician colleagues continue to wow and inspire me! Over the past month I have been hosting a FREE one-hour teleseminar “Leverage Your Expertise With Healthcare Consulting”.  We are not only discussed what it takes to succeed in healthcare consulting but also hearing some intriguing and amazing personal stories from the attendees. Who are these […]

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