Collaborative Succession

Collaborative Succession represents the first time that I have written about a person in the news on the basis of one news article, but there was something in Owen Covington’s “What the new Moses Cone chief will focus on as he prepares to lead the hospital,” that drew me in and stimulated me to write […]

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Collaborative Mindfulness

I entitled this post Collaborative Mindfulness because I believe that mindfulness is an under-appreciated approach to improving healthcare collaboration. Mindfulness derives from the 14th Century word mindeful, which means attentive, aware, and careful. The Relevance of Collaborative Mindfulness to Healthcare Safety Yesterday, Dr. Setu Vora exposed the myth of multitasking, which he said is really task switching, with […]

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Collaborative Burnout

I entitle this post Collaborative Burnout because a conversation with a Chief Nursing Officer two days ago sticks in my consciousness. She was concerned that a bright, talented, promising young physician leader is in danger of burnout. She confessed that seeing a surgical resident cowering under a scrub sink when she was OR manager changed her […]

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Collaborative Entrepreneurship

I entitled this post “Collaborative Entrepreneurship” because the most frequent allusion I heard at the ACHE Congress last month was to Ian Morrison’s book The Second Curve. The first curve represents the traditional way of doing business, the source of current revenues, and a curve with a declining slope.  The second curve represents a new […]

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The Art of Engagement: A Review

I reviewed Jim Haudan’s The Art of Engagement: Bridging the Gap Between People and Possibilities because it was full of timely insights. Did you know that? 70% of change initiatives fail due to people issues 71% of employees are not engaged 53% of executives do not believe their company’s strategy will lead to success According to […]

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Collaborative Beginning

I titled this post “Collaborative Beginning” in response to a COO who was feeling the heat of a burning platform long before his physicians, who are doing very well and see no need for change. Are we worse than other organizations you have worked with around the country? I reassured him that his call to […]

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Collaborative Physician Engagement News

Three posts this week provided the inspiration for Collaborative Physician Engagement News. I.  In Addressing Physician Engagement, Chris Van Gorder, CEO Scripps Health, San Diego, CA, said:  Engagement has not been an issue for us. Maybe it is because we have a physician leadership cabinet that we established 14 years ago where all of our elected chiefs […]

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Collaborative Creativity

I entitled this post Collaborative Creativity at the inspiration of  my ACHE seminar co-presenter, Peter Pavarini, who asked, “What are your sources of creative ideas,” to 31 healthcare leaders who participated last week.   Their responses included: Rounding on patient floors, asking questions such as, “Do you have what you need to do your job well, What […]

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Collaborative Peer Review

I entitled this post collaborative peer review because peer review brings out strong feelings. It’s like taking strong medicine.  We dislike being asked to do peer-review reports and certainly don’t like being the subject of a peer-review report, but recognize that peer review is here to stay.  Receiving a report on one of our patients […]

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Collaborative Speculation

Happy new year.  I entitled this post Collaborative Speculation because a post by Javon R. Bea, President and CEO, Mercy  Health System, led me to wonder about the reasons for his success.  In Keys to Success as an ACO: Model Physician Relations Maintaining Entrepreneurial Incentive and Self-Direction, he defied the compensation pundits who promote triggers […]

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