10 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

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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. HBR: Why companies with visionary leaders rarely have visionary successors
Leaders like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are renowned around the world for their innovative genius and inspiring leadership styles. But their successors — not so much. Despite Microsoft and Apple's continued growth and success, neither company's current leaders have demonstrated an aptitude for imagination on par with their predecessors, according to the Harvard Business Review. 

2. Press Ganey research identifies performance measures for hospital boards
Press Ganey published a whitepaper that identifies the top 10 metrics to help healthcare executives and board members focus strategies on advancing the safety and quality of care, as well as the patient experience. 

3. In desperate attempt to prevent gun violence, NY hospital exec hosts teen seminar in morgue
As part of an effort to rally teens who have been "desensitized to violence," an executive of New York City-based Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center launched a seminar that culminates with a visit to the hospital morgue, according to The Trace. 

4. The C-suite's emergency department optimization challenge
Universally, the appropriate utilization and optimization of emergency departments is a complex challenge.

5. Becker's Speaker Series: 4 questions with NewYork-Presbyterian COO Dr. Laura Forese
Laura Forese, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, currently serves as executive vice president and COO of NewYork-Presbyterian. In a recent interview with Becker's Hospital Review, Dr. Forese discussed women in leadership roles, where she draws inspiration from and more.

6. 12 key thoughts and metrics on CEO performance evaluation
Most organizations include a mix of qualitative and quantitative metrics when evaluating CEO performance, according to the "Hay Group/Agenda 2015 CEO Performance Evaluation Survey."

7. Managers: Do these four things to spur creativity
What could your employees accomplish with a little extra creative genius? A recent article published in Forbes states that by establishing a creativity-friendly work culture, the possibilities could be immeasurable.

8. Michael Dowling: Building a culture of innovation to avoid the complacency trap
It is dangerous to believe anything in healthcare works perfectly. In fact, I don't believe there is any aspect of the healthcare business that couldn't be enhanced, meaning there's a constant need to reevaluate systems and process, identify opportunities for improvement and employ innovative solutions.

9. What this CEO is doing to lead 2 Michigan hospitals
The CEO of two Michigan hospitals — St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston — prefers to hear about and witness the patient experience in his facilities' hallways, Crain's Detroit Business reports. 

10. Want to raise your emotional intelligence? Focus on these 3 components
What was regarded in the past as a "soft skill" has emerged as one of the most critical determinants of career and leadership success: emotional intelligence.

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