9 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

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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. 3 leadership skills crucial for a culture change
Every organization undergoes periods of necessary culture change to promote growth, competition and success. However, changing the culture of an organization is no easy task. The initiative for change requires focus, accountability and consistency, as well as a complete buy-in from the senior leadership team, according to Forbes.

2. 7 stressors, coping mechanisms for emotionally draining work
Healthcare providers' jobs can be incredibly rewarding, but also draining — both physically and emotionally. Dealing with sickness and debilitating injuries, telling patients to put their affairs in order because they have a terminal illness, informing a patient's loved ones he or she has died — all of these are "necessary evils" that make working in healthcare so taxing.  

3. The corner office: Dr. Susan Ehrlich on bridging clinical, executive and health policy leadership
Susan Ehrlich, MD, has only served as CEO of the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center since April, but her experience in primary care and executive leadership roles extends far beyond.

4. Is there such thing as too much employee engagement?
There's no doubt that employee engagement is a crucial aspect of most companies. Not only does it improve workers' overall wellbeing, but it has been proven to increase employee retention and overall performance. But what happens when employee engagement reaches exorbitant rates?

5. 10 things keeping health system CEOs up at night
Health system CEOs are asked to perform the highwire act of managing change in the industry while keeping operations steady and finances healthy. Whether the CEO of a large integrated system or a smaller regional organization, health system leaders are confronted with many of the same pressing issues. 

6. Executive briefing: The next generation of healthcare for the next generation
Technology and market conditions are changing consumers' expectations in ways that will force health systems to approach patients as customers — or risk losing market share to their more progressive competitors. 

7. Power of words — 9 hospital leaders take the TED Talks' stage
These hospital CEOs, executives and physician leaders dug deep, sharing their insight on how to solve major healthcare industry challenges during various TED Talks throughout the years.

8. 6 thoughts on the state of healthcare from Scripps' Chris Van Gorder
Faced with ever-changing rules and regulations, hospital and health system CEOs must constantly keep a pulse on the healthcare industry and be ready to alter their organizational strategy any day of the week. Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of San Diego-based Scripps Health, talked to Becker's Hospital Review about some of the biggest challenges and successes that are currently top of mind.

9. 5 tips for better delegation
No leader can do everything him or herself. Instead, leaders delegate work to others so they can free up time to spend it somewhere really valuable. But effective delegation requires a significant investment, including the cost of hiring and training others.

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