11 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. 12 healthcare companies named 'World's Most Ethical'
A dozen healthcare organizations were listed among "The World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere Institute.

2. Unpredictable or unfair: Which makes the worse leader?
A recent study examined if employees would rather have an unfair boss all the time or just some of the time. The answer is likely not what you would expect.

3. 3 tips to boost productivity
For many people, peak productivity levels are the result of constant work and deadline-induced adrenaline, but are promptly followed by exhaustion and depletion. This cycle is not conducive to long-term success. How can you make productivity habitual and consistent?

4. Super Tuesday's 10 cautionary lessons for healthcare leaders
For good or ill, the rollicking success of the Trump campaign and the surge of support for socialist Bernie Sanders has set pundits and party standard-bearers on their heels. The raucous race has defied every prediction. What lessons can leaders of healthcare organizations take away from this twisty campaign season? After all, every leadership team is running a "political" campaign to push, pull and transform their complex systems for this century.

5. 5 thoughts from ExtendMed CEO Amy Ravi
Amy Ravi was looking for a way to merge her two passions: healthcare and education. So in 2000, she brought them together to found Evanston, Ill.-based ExtendMed.

6. 3 signs you're a toxic co-worker
If you were toxic to your workplace, would you even know it? Research shows the answer is probably not.

7. Being generous can improve your physical health
Many people know from experience that being generous can have a positive impact on the giver's happiness level and emotional health. Previous studies have demonstrated a correlation between donating time and improved physical health. Now, research shows financial generosity is also positively correlated with improved physical health.

8. Gallup: How to hire smart
How are you finding and hiring your employees? According to Gallup, "[T]he process of finding the right talent starts long before interviews begin."

9. Making wellness a part of company culture: 3 guiding principles
Healthcare isn't just expensive for individuals, it can get pricey for employers too. According to a recent CBRE Healthcare report, Fountain Valley, Calif.-based MemorialCare Health System has completely embraced and incorporated workplace wellness into its corporate culture.

10. After catastrophic failure, why don't some organizations learn?
Mistakes are inevitable. However, the natural assumption is that organizations try to learn how to prevent mistakes from recurring, especially in the wake of catastrophe. While changing processes and incorporating precautionary measures is usually the first response of a company aiming to recover from a major failure, many times, this learning wanes over time.

11. The collaboration conundrum: Why high-achievers underperform when they work together
Researchers have consistently found feeling powerful boosts individual performance in various ways. While the logical assumption may be that grouping powerful individuals together would enhance performance substantially, the opposite is actually true: Power reduces leaders' ability to work well with other leaders, according to the Harvard Business Review.        

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