9 must-reads for healthcare leaders

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. Americans wasted 658 million vacation days in 2015, a new record
American workers took 16.2 vacation days in 2015, up slightly from 16 days the prior year. However, workers used a smaller share of vacation time in 2015 compared to 2014, as they were given an additional day (21.9 days on average), according to research from Project: Time Off.

2. Should CEOs publicize their political opinions?
In one of the most divisive presidential races in recent memory, supporters of both presumptive nominees have taken to social media and other mediums to voice political beliefs. But is publicizing one's political opinion a smart move for CEOs?

3. Are you as good of a 'coach' as you think you are? 7 questions to consider
Sports analogies are common among executives, with many considering themselves the head coach in the game — or at least the main cheerleader. While assuming the top leadership role in an organization might seem to position an executive to also call themselves a coach, not all leaders demonstrate the depth of coaching skills that they think they do, according to The Harvard Business Review.

4. Why athenahealth's Jonathan Bush isn't voting for Donald Trump
In a speech to Massachusetts Republicans June 21, Jonathan Bush addressed the rise of Donald Trump in the political sphere and his plans to become more politically active, according to a Boston Globe report.

5. Leadership in crisis: Healthcare workers grow more critical of top management post-reform
The Affordable Care Act has created a myriad of challenges for healthcare leaders. Financial concerns are weighing on the minds of hospital CEOs.

6. Gender pay gap expands at age 32, study finds
Pay disparity between women and men widens around age 32, the same age at which women start to become underrepresented in managerial roles, The Wall Street Journal reported.

7. 4 tips for effective communication while under pressure
Communicating calmly and effectively under pressure is an integral skill for leaders. The ability to maintain composure, think clearly and make decisions can help keep an organization on track during a crisis, while an inability to do so can make a problem even worse, according to Inc. magazine.

8. 3 bad work habits productive teams never practice
When it comes to working under pressure, the natural instinct to work at a faster pace and for longer hours is understandable. But working in a frenzied, panicked state will not produce better outcomes. Instead, the opposite will occur, and burn out the team. Productive teams continue to work effectively under pressure by avoiding the following three things, according to Inc. magazine.

9. Changing healthcare means changing organizational culture: 3 health system leaders weigh in
A culture of engagement and accountability is essential for health systems to succeed in an era of population health management and accountable care. Strong organizational cultures enable and nurture the new behaviors, actions and investments required to navigate the many changes affecting the healthcare industry, particularly the transition to value-based care. But driving cultural improvement is not easy, and it does not happen overnight.

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