10 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

Culture. Productivity. Strategy. Execution. These ideas will never go out of style for hospital and health system leaders.

The following leadership articles were published by Becker's Hospital Review in the last week.

1. 9 questions with AMN Healthcare CEO Susan Salka
Susan Salka became president of AMN Healthcare, the nation's largest workforce solutions and healthcare staffing company, in 2003 and became CEO in 2005, but her tenure with the company exceeds 25 years. At the helm, Ms. Salka expanded AMN Healthcare's offerings to include managed services programs, recruitment process outsourcing, vendor management systems, predictive analytics for patient demand and staffing need, executive and interim leadership placement, and advanced digital processes for sourcing healthcare professionals. These services help its hospital and health system clients to reduce complexity, increase efficiency and improve patient outcomes.

2. What's the top skill for new employees? This CEO has the answer
What's the one skill that will help eager job seekers find their dream position? Jake Schwartz, co-founder and CEO of General Assembly, provided CNBC with insight.

3. Addressing health disparities: 3 lessons from community health centers
As hospitals work to transition from the traditional model of service provision to meeting the requirements initiated by the Affordable Care Act, an examination of community
health centers can point hospital executives to promising practices that can save them time and many sleepless nights.

4. For leadership and collaboration in the OR, look to anesthesiologists
As reimbursements continue to decline and expectations for better quality outcomes rise, perioperative services are fundamental to a hospital's success under value-based models. In fact, perioperative services account for more than 68 percent of hospitals' revenue, according to Lee Hedman, senior vice president of Surgical Directions.

5. How to turn stress into an asset
Conventional self-help models suggest one can only find satisfaction in life if he or she can successfully get rid of negative thoughts and feelings, with many self-improvement efforts focused on cultivating strategies to alleviate stress. However, attempting to get rid of stress can actually make you more stressed, according to the Harvard Business Review.

6. Study: Striving for work-life balance not worth the trouble
Many executives and employees struggle to find balance between demanding work responsibilities and meaningful personal life experiences. To achieve better work-life balance, people commonly impose barriers and rules about when they will and won't do work or check email. However, new research suggests maintaining strict boundaries between work and home roles may cause stress, according to the Harvard Business Review.

7. 4 secrets to success from an Olympic gold medalist
Although she won't be participating in Rio this year, Sanya Richards-Ross is no stranger to the Olympic Games. As an elite track star, Ms. Richards-Ross has earned four Olympic golds and one bronze through the years. Due to injuries, she isn't competing in Rio de Janeiro this summer, but she'll be there and participate as an NBC announcer. In a recent CNBC report, Ms. Richards-Ross shared her four biggest secrets to success.

8. This generation trusts employers least: What you can do about it
Less than half of professionals around the world put a great deal of trust in their employer, boss or team and colleagues, according to an EY survey.

9. There are 4 leadership styles. What's yours?
To be a great leader, one must first understand his or her own leadership qualities and tendencies.

10. The patient-experience report card: Gauge your readiness to move to the next level
There's probably no organization in the healthcare universe that isn't at least talking about patient experience. But after interviewing hundreds of organizations, from small providers to massive hospital systems, we've learned that most are still struggling to attain optimal performance. They want to make patients happy, but they are unable or unsure how to achieve consistent results.

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