14 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 two weeks.

1. Hospital and health system strategy 2016 — 8 core thoughts
There are many different thoughts as to what the right strategy for hospitals and health systems is. Increasingly, a number of these thoughts are untested and put forth by professors and consultants. These strategies often resonate less and less well with what is successful practice.

2. Health system executives' primary concerns shift to focus on consumers
While care transformation remains top of mind for hospital and health system executives, two of the four most commonly cited concerns relate to patients' non-clinical needs, such as meeting consumer expectations and patient engagement, according to The Advisory Board Company's Annual Health Care CEO Survey.

3. Worth the weight: What 3 hospital CEOs gained from losing
When you envision a CEO or leader, what do you imagine? According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, many Americans picture one thing: strength. But even for executives who are not muscle-bound, fitness remains important.Three hospital and health system executives talked toBecker's Hospital Reviewabout their fitness routines, successful weight loss efforts and the effects both have on their leadership.

4. Why America's corporate gender gap isn't improving: 9 findings on gender disparity and how leaders can bridge the divide
Women leaders are a critical asset to organizations that want to perform at the highest levels. However, at the current rate of progress bridging the corporate gender divide, it will take 25 years to reach gender parity at the senior vice president level and 100 years in the C-suite, according to new findings from McKinsey & Company and Lean In.

5. How do you get board members, journalists and policymakers to understand physician woes? Put them in scrubs
At Mission Health in Asheville, N.C., the old adage "walk a mile in someone else's shoes" has a very literal meaning. Except in this case, the health system's board members walk the hospital corridors dressed in scrubs.

6. 5 steps for dealing with naysayers
Regardless of intelligence, experience and prior success in the organization, perpetual naysaying and opposition is perceived as both annoying and inefficient. While a healthy dose of debate can spur creativity, a team member who is constantly critiquing and challenging leadership can derail an effective team.

7. 5 areas of healthcare ripe for disintermediation
Middlemen soon may need to find another line of work. We are seeing it everywhere — industries are finding more ways to cut out the intermediaries and bring customers closer to their products or services in an effort to reduce costs. This process, called disintermediation, unfolded in the movie rental industry when Netflix overthrew Blockbuster and in the retail industry, where Amazon now reigns king.

8. 3 important innovation principles from inside Apple
It's easy to look at a successful company's public persona from the outside and make assumptions about how its culture and communication might work. But in a recent article for Fast Company, Kelli Richards, who formerly spent 12 years with Apple developing some of its first entertainment innovations, outlined three innovation-related principles she picked up in her time at the company.

9. Hospital boards are often risk-averse. Here's why they need to embrace it — and how
Healthcare has never had a particularly high risk tolerance. Communities depend on their hospitals, health systems and clinics to always be accessible and provide high-quality care, despite economic turbulence or frustrating policies and regulations. Because of this, strategy has traditionally been centered on financial and operational conservatism, according to Andrew Chastain, managing partner of the healthcare practice at executive search firm Witt/Kieffer.

10. Hospital CEOs: 7 core competencies for future organizational success
Hospital and health system CEOs today must be equipped with certain core competencies to effectively navigate the constantly and rapidly changing healthcare environment.

11. Press Ganey: 6 core principles healthcare leaders should embrace
Changing market dynamics mean healthcare leaders must redefine their performance goals, according to Press Ganey's new 2016 Strategic Insights report, titled "Performance Redefined: As Health Care Moves from Volume to Value, the Streams of Quality are Coming Together."

12. 4 areas of focus for strategic hospital leaders as they prepare for the future
Even during periods of transformation, healthcare leaders are generally optimistic about the future of their field. At Huron Healthcare's annual CEO Forum this year, 15 CEOs and C-suite executives from hospital systems, academic medical centers and community hospitals across the country convened in New Orleans to share their views and experiences on several critical topics facing the industry.

13. Glassdoor: Healthcare industry ties for widest gender pay gap — 3 things to know
A gender pay gap exists in most industries. However, the disparity in pay is worse in some fields than others. According to a recent study from Glassdoor that examined more than 505,000 salaries shared by full-time U.S. employees on Glassdoor, on average, men earn 24.1 percent higher base pay than women. This means women earn 76 cents for every dollar men earn.

14. 3 ways successful people network
As professionals advance in their careers, networking becomes increasingly important and simultaneously, increasingly difficult. The successful people most sought after for networking opportunities are often also extremely busy, receiving dozens of invitations per week and hundreds of emails each day.

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