7 must-reads for 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 rise of the 'freelance consultant' — 7 things to know
Once linked to established firms, consultants are increasingly breaking ties with these enterprises in favor of working independently in the gig economy as "freelance consultants," reports Financial Times.

2. Chuck Lauer: Sometimes the best medicine is no medicine
Last year I was stunned by an article in the New York Times, and when I am asked to recommend a "good cardiologist" or in fact to go to a new specialist myself, I do so with that article and what it revealed in my mind.

3. 3 popular hospital, healthcare marketing trends
Hospital systems and healthcare companies are employing a greater variety of tools to reach and attract potential customers as new competitors continue to flood the market.

4. Kenneth Kaufman: What disruption looks like
When entrepreneurial imagination, new technology, changing consumer expectations and legacy vulnerabilities converge, a flurry of activity is unleashed that can undermine even the most firmly entrenched behaviors and economic relationships.

5. 7 thoughts on leadership with one of Yale-New Haven's youngest administrators
At 28-years-old, Stephanie Beauton already has quite a list of accomplishments to her name. She serves as an off-shift executive administrator at Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital, holds a master's degree in health administration and is finishing up a health and human services doctorate with a concentration in community health and education. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at NaugatuckValleyCommunity College in Waterbury, Conn., and co-founded a nonprofit organization called Fitizen, for which she sits on the board of directors.

6. 11 things to know about physician engagement & how hospitals can lose up to $460k
Physician burnout is increasing and hospitals failing to address the growing prevalence of physician disengagement could lose revenue and a dedicated workforce.  

7. How pay transparency can be detrimental to organizational performance
Advocates of greater pay transparency argue it is a necessary step for eliminating pay discrimination, and being open about pay will produce additional benefits like enhanced employees' morale and performance. However, pay transparency can end up causing more damage than good, according to the Harvard Business Review.

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