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. The most anxiety-inducing work conversation and how to have it productively
Difficult conversations at work are unavoidable sometimes. The good news is most people approach such discussions with collaborative — not combative — attitudes and intentions, according to the Harvard Business Review.

2. Rise of the permanent interim executive
You have a dilemma: Your big, mission-critical project needs full-time, executive-level leadership for the next year. You cannot spare anyone from your current executive team and no one in the leadership pipeline has the proven skills needed for the job. You don't want to hire someone new because you don't expect to have an opening for the new hire a year from now. The solution? Enlist a permanent interim.

3. How emotionally intelligent is the healthcare industry?
The key pillars of emotional intelligence — self awareness, empathy and the ability to navigate one's own and perceive others' emotions — are important competencies for any job that requires interpersonal interactions. Healthcare, an intimately interpersonal industry, demands high EQs in all roles, from the hospital C-suite to clinicians to registration staff. However, a new report from emotional intelligence network Six Seconds shows EQ levels are trending downward.

4. Leaders promoted internally require as much support as external hires
During the onboarding process of integrating external hires, many companies provide new leaders with extensive support, including briefings on the business, help connecting to key stakeholders and transition coaching. Leaders promoted to higher roles from within the organization are often left to fend for themselves.

5. Do MBAs make the best business leaders?
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people enroll in master of business administration programs, the most popular graduate degree, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Education. While the degree may provide students with enhanced financial and management knowledge and increase competitiveness in the job market, the question remains: Do MBAs make the best leaders?

6. Dr. Donald Berwick: 'It is time for era 3' of medicine
Constant conflict between two schools of thought in modern medicine "roils the healthcare landscape," and it is time to usher in a new era, according to Donald Berwick, MD, former CMS administrator.

7. Why median pay for S&P 500 CEOs fell 3.8% in 2015
Between 2014 and 2015, the median pay of CEOs from almost 300 S&P 500 companies fell 3.8 percent from $11.2 million to $10.8 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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