Taking on a new CEO role? Don't fall for these 4 traps

Hospital and health system leaders may be new in their CEO positions multiple times in their career. Misjudging key aspects about their company can halt their ability to make all the changes they envision, according to a July 13 Harvard Business Review report.

Four things to avoid falling for at your latest CEO role:

  1. Misdiagnosing weaknesses.
    New CEOs might miss signals of the new company's business. For example, they might not understand how a hospital's work culture affects its ability to absorb change. As a result, the CEO might create a strategy that isn't realistic with the staff and culture in place.

  2. Making decisions too fast.
    New CEOs may underestimate how important it is to have input from the rest of their teams. They might also look for employees like themselves, and if they don't see openness to change, they rush to judgment. New CEOs may want to consider waiting before implementing too many changes too quickly.

  3. Ignoring building relationships with some teams.
    Some CEOs may miss out on fostering important relationships with the business side of their hospital, such as those who work in supply, marketing or public relations. Instead, CEOs may want to consider fostering relationships with that side of hospital relations.

  4. Not developing an effective strategic deployment process.
    Some companies have strategic implementation processes in place that are complex, time-consuming and don't take lower-level leaders' insight into account. A new CEO may want to evaluate how their strategic deployment process works and make changes if necessary.

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