Culture Catalyst Blog & Articles

Rising Above a Toxic Environment

Rising Above a Toxic Environment by Angela Fieler I went to the grocery store this morning and noticed something strange. Everybody I crossed paths with was looking down at the ground and their body language screamed defeat. Ever the optimist, I tried ...

The Employee Tune-Up: Conducting a Stay Interview

In today's reality of the Great Resignation, or the Great Reshuffle as some have called it, staying connected with your employees is critical. It's easier said than done, though, with busy schedules and often-understaffed units. One essential tool I recommend for keeping employees ...

Staffing Issues? How You Say Goodbye Matters

Nearly every healthcare leader is struggling with staffing issues. It can be painful when someone turns in their resignation, especially when retention is already a problem. How you say goodbye matters, so be mindful of your reaction. It can make ...

Five Tips to Boost Listening Skills

A great patient experience is one where the patient feels that they have been heard and understood. But have you ever taken the time to actively boost listening skills for yourself or your staff? The same is true about a great ...

Six Steps to Improve Employee Engagement

Employee and patient engagement are inextricably linked. If employees are engaged, they will be motivated and driven to fulfill the mission of the organization for which they work. In healthcare, that mission is all about providing exceptional patient experiences. But the ...

Accountability Without Support: A Recipe for Disaster

When was the last time you evaluated your managers' and supervisors' workload? If you are a manager or supervisor, when was the last time you evaluated your workload? Does the level of accountability match the support? Healthcare managers are facing ...

Expectations vs Suggestions

Is your healthcare organization setting expectations for standards of care or giving suggestions?  Last week I was speaking to a large group of healthcare leaders about culture and the leader’s role in creating it. At one point, I stopped to ask ...

If You See Something, Say Something

If You See Something, Say Something, by Angela Fieler In July 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a national campaign to train state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime. They then ...

Lead is a Verb, Not an Email

Lead is a Verb, Not an Email By Angela Fieler I’ve seen an alarming leadership trend lately. I suppose it started when the pandemic required that leaders distance themselves from their teams as a matter of safety. Leadership became more of ...

Top-Notch Phone Skills: You Had Me at Hello

Are your phone skills making or breaking relationships before they even start? It takes about 8 seconds to make a first impression when talking with someone face-to-face, but statistics show that it only takes 4 to 5 seconds when on ...