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The importance of encouraging health care staff to show their personalities

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On February 27, 2019, I was admitted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis due to acute respiratory failure, in the hopes that a new set of lungs would become available soon for transplant. My ability to breathe had taken a nosedive over the previous year or so, due to a genetic condition called Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. All the nebulized medicines and inhalers I was using were no longer effective. Without a transplant, … Read More

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Have we lost the power of purpose in health care?

Understanding and leveraging purpose in organizations seems to be one of the most talked about issues – and opportunities – in companies today. A few weeks ago, 181 CEOs who are part of the prestigious Business Roundtable signed a new statement on the “Purpose of a Corporation.” No longer is simply driving shareholder value the top priority, they said. The statement recognized an organization’s role in engaging and serving all stakeholders: customers, employees, suppliers, communities … Read More

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The Power of Empowerment: “The Village has it Handled!”

In a leadership workshop earlier this month at Summa Health in Akron, OH, a manager shared one of the most definitive, straightforward affirmations of true staff empowerment that I’ve ever heard.  She explained that often when an issue or problem arises, by the time she becomes aware of it and approaches her team to work through a solution, she is confidently told, “Don’t worry; the village has it handled.”

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Five Sure-Fire Ways to Wreck Rounding

Over the past decade, health care leadership rounding has become a best-practice staple for organizations that are striving to improve patient experience, employee engagement and the overall culture of performance. While in healthcare we sometimes act like we invented the practice, it has been pursued in different forms for many years in other industries. If you are a disciple of Lean Manufacturing and the Toyota Production System, you call it “going to the gemba.” Bill … Read More

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Workplace Etiquette | 3 Tips for Dealing with Politics (or Other Touchy Subjects)

Regardless of how you lean, leave politics at home.

Sometimes, inspiration for my weekly blog post comes from unexpected places – like a quiet, late-evening dinner on the road.

After a successful day with a client recently, I arrived back at my hotel for a later-than-usual dinner. There were only a few people left in the restaurant, and I was seated near a table of three gentlemen. While I wasn’t interested in eavesdropping, it was Read More

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