Productivity, strategy and culture: 10 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

As the healthcare environment continues to evolve, some aspects of leadership will always be top of mind for hospital and health system executives: productivity, strategy and culture.

Here is a list of 10 articles published on Becker's Hospital Review that offer insight and advice for leaders on these three essential elements.

1. Who asked you anyway? What's at stake when executives remark on other executives' decisions
When a divisive issue becomes the center of media attention, how does a CEO know when to take a stance and when to keep quiet?

2. How Google used data to build the perfect team
When a team is right, you can feel it. The team's members are energized and they bring out the best in each other. Unfortunately, when group is wrong you can feel it too. Teams that aren't clicking can be exhausting and make individuals feel uncomfortable or put up a guard.

3. 'Dress for success' because it's backed by science
Numerous recent studies validate the adage "dress for success," showing that putting an extra effort into one's appearance can have a significant impact on productivity, according to The Wall Street Journal.

4. Warren Buffett: 7 things to avoid in management
Warren Buffett's annual letters to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders are chock-full of financial and management advice — the do's and don'ts for a more stable life alongside information on company performance. With Mr. Buffett's annual letter due Saturday, Bloomberg revisited some of the 85-year-old self-made billionaire's wisdom from years past. Here are seven management behaviors Mr. Buffett warns against.

5. What makes employees attracted to a company?
In today's changing and evolving business market, it can be difficult to compete with other companies to hire and retain top talent. How can an organization make itself stand out to potential and existing employees?

6. After a certain age, should CEOs be forced to retire?
Does it make sense to impose an age limit on leadership? Many people say yes. In fact, more than a third of S&P 500 firms have mandatory retirement policies for their CEOs. The goal is to systematically let go of leaders who are past their peak performance years.

7. The science connecting effective leadership to sleep
Forty-three percent of business leaders do not get enough sleep at least four nights a week, according to the Harvard Business Review. While many sleep-deprived leaders prolong their waking hours to do more work, sleep deficiencies can significantly undermine important aspects of leadership behavior and negatively impact financial performance.

8. 5 ways to motivate millennials, from millennials
Millennials are often described by their older colleagues and managers as entitled and fickle. A recent study even found many millennials intend to quit their jobs in the next one to five years in search of new experiences. Despite the criticisms that are often associated with the youngest class of workers, those aged 18 to 34 now make up the largest segment of the U.S. labor market, so learning how to attract, retain and develop millennials is in any manager's best interest.

9. 7 rules for CEOs to live by, whether at a small start-up or global corporation
As president and CEO of the world's largest independently owned public relations firm, Edelman, Richard Edelman has come to understand the key attributes employees want in CEOs: "Trust, confidence, ethical, transparent and decent. What's not in that list? Visionary, deeply exciting, rockstar."

10. Can employee wellness programs work in a high-stress hospital environment?
Workplace wellness programs have become increasingly common across companies spanning a variety of industries. With access to health screenings, nap rooms and fitness tracking programs, employees and companies benefit from healthier workers and improved productivity. Ironically, employee wellness programs are less popular in healthcare, despite the industry's implicit dedication to improving people's health.

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