7 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. A practical roadmap to physician engagement
We hear a lot about engagement these days. Physician engagement, employee engagement and team engagement all have been correctly identified as essential to affecting change and achieving transformational objectives. In hospital settings, physician engagement is particularly important to success. And it is never more important, nor harder to achieve and sustain, than during times of uncertainty.

2. The #1 thing you need to know from the 2017 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference: Follow the money
If you want to understand the future of the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare industry, the lesson of the past is to 'follow the money.' And no one would argue that the place to do that is the infamous J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference that took place Jan. 9-12 in San Francisco.

3. Execution is about people, not strategy: 5 steps for aligning actions and behavior
As challenging as it may be to create a smart strategy, executing that strategy is exponentially harder. And a badly executed strategy, no matter how solid it may look on paper, is worthless, according to Peter Bregman, CEO of leadership consultancy Bregman Partners.

4. AHA's 5 strategic priorities for 2017-2020
The American Hospital Association released its strategic plan for 2017 to 2020, which the organization says will position it to be a national advocate for and provide guidance to members who are seeking to "redefine the 'H'" — be it hospital, health system or health organization. 

5. Top 10 themes from the 2017 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
Last week, record rains did not prevent over 30,000 people from descending on San Francisco for the 35th annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. The 35th rendition brought together diverse backgrounds from healthcare providers, life sciences, manufacturing, biotech, start-ups and health tech businesses. J.P. Morgan leads an increasingly popular nonprofit healthcare track, which attracted a standing room audience.

6. 12 health system CEOs on what drew them to healthcare
People who become CEOs have demonstrably strong leadership skills, tenacity and drive. But what is it that drives people to lead hospitals and health systems? Here, Becker's compiled responses from CEO participants in the Corner Office series, in which hospital and health system CEO's explained what first piqued their interest in healthcare.

7. 4 actions of revolutionary leaders: Get real, get clear, get smart and get wound up
Organizations across all industries are in need of a leadership revolution. Various workforce surveys consistently substantiate this assertion. For instance, the 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer found nearly one-third of employees don't trust their employer. This should concern leaders, for without a culture of trust, "every part of your organization can fall, literally, into disrepair," as Stephen M. R. Covey, co-founder and global practice leader of FranklinCovey's Global Speed of Trust Practice, and Douglas R. Conant, founder and CEO of ConstantLeadership, wrote in the Harvard Business Review.

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