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. The 47-year-old business book still beloved by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates
More than two decades after he first read it and four decades after it was published, Bill Gates says Business Adventures by John Brooks is still the best business book he's ever read, according to CNBC.

2. Are drug ads undermining attempts at 'thrifty' healthcare behavior? 8 thoughts
Critics have railed against direct-to-consumer ads for prescription drugs since the 1990s. Opponents of the ads, many of whom are medical providers, say they contribute to unnecessary anxiety and self-diagnosis among patients, inflate demand for expensive brand name drugs that may be medically unnecessary and contribute to a culture of over-utilization.

3. Johns Hopkins, Virginia Mason Health System looks to Toyota to increase efficiency
Amid mounting pressures to increase efficiency and decrease costs, hospitals and health systems are looking to incorporate the assembly line model popularized by car manufacturers and engineers into patient care, according to US News and World Report.

4. 8 key trends for boards of directors — CEO composition, self-evaluation and more
The board of directors is an important part of any company or hospital. Here are eight points of interest with statistics from the PwC 2016 Annual Corporate Directors Survey, which includes responses from 884 public company directors. 

5. 8 ways managers sabotage themselves when moving from mid- to upper-level spots
Unfortunately, many successful mid-level managers flounder in new roles after being promoted up the corporate ladder. Here are the top eight issues mid-level managers face when stepping into a higher role, according to members of Forbes Coaches Council.

6. U of Utah Healthcare CEO Dr. Vivian Lee: Getting an MBA 'one of the best things I ever did'
Getting a business degree wasn't part of Vivian Lee's, MD, career plan. Looking back, however, Dr. Lee said, "One of the best things I ever did was to go back to business school," according to Fortune.

7. Media blames female CEOs more than male counterparts for company trouble
During tumultuous times, the media is far more likely to point fingers when a company CEO is a woman than a man, according to The Wall Street Journal.

8. 3 healthcare organizations with top vacation and PTO policies
Vacation time is just one way companies seek to differentiate themselves to current and prospective employees against their competitors. With the holidays approaching, Glassdoor has published a list of the 25 Highest Rated Companies for Vacation & Paid Time Off. This year, three healthcare organizations made the list.

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