8 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. Board community health needs assessments
Board leaders have come to realize they must be more actively engaged in conducting and acting upon assessments of health needs in the communities they serve as tax-exempt entities. The process of defining these needs can now be better guided by data layering, and by an exciting Charrette technique to enhance community engagement.

2. Why the C-Suite should take notice of their pharmacy: Lessons learned from national pharmacists' month
Looking back at the healthcare headlines so far this year, it's not surprising that the importance of pharmacy is growing in the wake of these industry-wide shifts. Hospital leaders continue to wrestle with skyrocketing drug costs; they are testing new approaches to reduce readmission rates; and they're focused on optimizing resources so they can drive new clinical programs and deliver even better high-quality care.

3. Becker's Speaker Series: 3 questions with The CORE Institute CMO and CMIO Dr. Michel Dagher
With more than two decades of medical management experience, Michel Dagher, DO, currently serves as CMO and CMIO of Phoenix-based The CORE Institute. Dr. Dagher will take part in panels on Tuesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Becker's Hospital Review 8th Annual Meeting. As part of an ongoing series, Becker's is talking to healthcare leaders planning to speak at the conference, which will take place from April 17 through April 20 in Chicago.

4. 5 things wildly successful people do before drinking their morning coffee
How you spend your morning can often predict the type of day you will have. According to a Business Insider article, successful people approach problems by thinking outside the box to rise above their limitations. The way they approach those problems begins with their morning routines.

5. Brain study shows why lying gets easier the more you do it
If you think telling a small lie now and then is harmless, think again. A new study published Oct. 24 in Nature Neuroscience found human brains become desensitized to the emotional discomfort caused by dishonesty, which makes telling big lies easier and more likely over time, STAT reported.

6. CEOs underwent 'generational overhaul' after economic crisis: 4 takeaways
A new report from The Conference Board, a New York City-based business research association, shows many older CEOs left their roles as heads of S&P 500 companies in the years after the financial crisis. Now, this trend is leveling out, indicating a 'generational overhaul' in C-suites throughout the U.S., according to The Washington Post.

7. 6 questions with new Intermountain Healthcare CEO Dr. A. Marc Harrison
A. Marc Harrison, MD, officially began his new role as president and CEO at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Harrison, who has a variety of clinical and executive experience in the U.S. and abroad, most recently served as chief of international business development for Cleveland Clinic and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

8. 7 professions where gray hair makes you more marketable
Numerous magazines publish lists praising particularly successful businesspeople under 40 or even 30. But from a customer's standpoint, there are several professions in which gray hair and years of experience can make one more marketable than youth, according to the Boston Business Journal.

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