Top 3 Reasons to Engage Interim Healthcare Leadership

  Interim leaders can save the day in myriad situations when a healthcare organization is facing temporary leadership vacancies and transitions, specific project needs, and performance improvement opportunities. These are the top 3 scenarios in which high-performing health systems make the smart choice to engage interim executive leaders: 1. Leadership Vacancies and Transitions When there  [continue reading…]

5 Key Reasons Why Recruiting Leaders for Private Equity-backed Healthcare Organizations is Different

Recruiting leaders for private equity-backed healthcare organizations can present unique challenges and considerations compared to recruiting for other types of companies and healthcare delivery organizations.  “Over the years, I have found that executives with PE and VC experience are critical to the success of an organization,” says Troy Keach, vice president of executive search and  [continue reading…]

5 Strategies for Developing Self-Awareness in Leadership

The American Organization of Nurse Leaders’ (AONL) core competencies are anchored by the ‘Leader Within.’ The ‘Leader Within’ seeks feedback, reflects, and understands how their thoughts influence their actions. In short, the ideal leader is self-aware—and they seek to become even more self-aware. Why Does Self-Awareness Matter for Leaders? As leaders ascend to senior echelons  [continue reading…]

5 Tips for Cultivating Civility in the Workplace

A workplace is only as good as its culture, and a culture can’t thrive without civility. Civility in healthcare organizations fosters teamwork, reduces conflicts, and can enhance productivity. What’s more, civility is an ethical obligation for nurses. The ANA’s Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements states that nurses are obligated to create an  [continue reading…]

How an Interim Lab Manager Improved Operations and the Bottom Line

When the executive team of this 250+ bed California community hospital discovered challenges in Laboratory Services, they contacted Kirby Bates Associates for a highly qualified Interim Director to align the department with contemporary best practices and technology. Within days, KBA engaged a seasoned interim leader who had additional expertise in LEAN Principles and Practices to  [continue reading…]

How Leaders Can Learn How to Disagree Respectfully

  “Society frowns at disagreeableness. As human beings we are hardwired to seek the approval of those around us. Yet a radical and transformative thought goes nowhere without the willingness to challenge convention.” -Malcolm Gladwell If everybody always agreed on everything, the world would be boring and progress would be stifled.  Disagreements and compromise are  [continue reading…]

How to Stand Out as an Internal Candidate

As care delivery organizations continue to tread uncertain waters, C-suites across the nation remain in flux with retirements, reductions in force, and elimination of roles. This dynamic environment also represents an opportunity for emerging leaders. Often an internal candidate is found to be the strongest for the role.   The American College of Healthcare Executives  [continue reading…]

Why Hospitals Should Invest in the OR Even While Cutting Costs

In these days of skyrocketing healthcare costs attributed to a combination of labor shortages, rising inflation, supply chain disruptions, low surgery volumes, higher equipment prices, and more, the traditional C-suite response is to implement organization-wide budget cuts, stop expansion projects, and put recruitment on hold. While this may seem fair and equitable at first blush,  [continue reading…]

Why Compassionate Care in Nursing is So Important and How to Achieve It

  What is Compassionate Care in Nursing? According to a systematic literature review in 2016 published by the National Center for Biotechnology, “Compassion originates as an empathic response to suffering, as a rational process which pursues patients’ wellbeing, through specific, ethical actions directed at finding a solution to their suffering. We therefore define the term  [continue reading…]

The Value of Interim Nurse Leaders

Maintaining safe, high-quality care and an excellent patient experience are top priorities of every healthcare organization. While leadership stability is widely appreciated as essential to achieving these goals, we are living in a time of the Great Resignation.  This begs the question: how does an organization achieve such stability even during times of volatility? Many  [continue reading…]

How to Promote Diversity in Nursing Leadership

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives have become standard practice in myriad industries and based on results, it’s not hard to imagine why. DEI programs help companies access larger talent pools, improve employee engagement, and bring new perspectives to organizational challenges, among other things. In fact, around 76% of job candidates report that a diverse  [continue reading…]

How Kirby Bates’ Nurse Executive Gateway to Knowledge® Accelerates Leadership Competencies

One of the more significant ways to assure the future stability of any healthcare organization is to pass down core leadership competencies to the next generation of healthcare executives. Knowledge transfer, whether through sponsorship and mentorship programs or otherwise, is one of the keys to developing internal talent and assuring the future of the leadership  [continue reading…]

Keys to Succession Planning in Healthcare

According to a report from Becker’s Hospital Review, CEO resignations are at an all-time high in 2022, with 520 leaving their posts from January 1 through the end of April — an 18% increase from the same period in 2021. It’s a sign of the times. Leader resignations across the board are skyrocketing, leaving organizations  [continue reading…]

Promoting CNO and CFO Synergy Achieves Healthcare Goals

As pressure mounts to improve clinical and operational results, Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) and Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) work together to align the organizational imperatives—both as a provider of quality and safe patient care, and as a fiscally responsible business. Joint accountability through synergistic relationships is required to transcend the organizational stressors inherent in today’s  [continue reading…]

Avoiding the Pitfalls: Interview Process For Healthcare Leadership

The success of any healthcare organization starts with the leadership team. This can be particularly complex in times of transition, during which myriad dynamics — relationships, priorities, and structures — are subject to change.  The “great resignation” is further shrinking an already-tight market for top-level talent in the healthcare industry, making it all the more  [continue reading…]

Why Interim Leadership in Healthcare Is an Advantage

Interim leadership is one of the most valuable tools in any healthcare organization’s proverbial toolbelt, especially amidst the new challenges that the industry faces as a whole. Necessity fosters innovation, and as the pandemic forced the adoption of many new business practices, industry-wide notions regarding interim leadership have shifted dramatically.   Before, during and after the  [continue reading…]

New Nursing Practices in 2022 That Are Here to Stay

  “Necessity is the mother of invention.” -Plato The impact of this age-old proverb is unrivaled in our coronavirus pandemic era. It’s no secret that the last few years have forced innovation into nearly every industry worldwide, and it’s abundantly true for healthcare organizations. Between overloaded hospitals, limited staff, and unprecedented employee burnout, the healthcare  [continue reading…]

5 Skills for Children’s Hospital Leadership

It takes a special type of person to be a successful children’s hospital leader. In addition to their clinical expertise, healthcare professionals who specialize in children’s care have a distinct set of interpersonal skills that position them to successfully navigate the particular challenges associated with caring for sick children and their families.  1. Compassion First  [continue reading…]

The Difference Between Mentorship and Sponsorship

  Mentorship and sponsorship are two concepts that have multiple purposes and vary in their usage. A university mentor could be a professor who helps a promising student find scholarship opportunities, whereas a career mentor could be a coworker who offers advice on ways to grow your career. While sponsorship and mentorship are admittedly similar,  [continue reading…]

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