Culture Catalyst Blog & Articles

Are you telling employees they are disposable?

Posted by Kristin Baird Every leader knows the importance of employee engagement. Without engagement, you won’t be able to deliver the safe, high-quality care you promise. Engagement requires that employees feel valued, appreciated, and secure. At the same time, business decisions, ...

Is Your Advertising Just Lipstick on a Pig?

Posted by Kristin Baird A few weeks ago, as I was watching television, a hospital ad caught my eye. The ad was a heartwarming story that culminated with the hospital tagline that promised compassion and patient-centered care. (I’m paraphrasing because I ...

Deal Breakers and Hot Buttons

Posted by Kristin Baird All of us need to be in touch with our core values, but leaders, in particular, need to be crystal clear about what they define as deal-breakers in their working relationships. When I am coaching healthcare leaders, one ...

How to Drive a Patient Away Without Even Trying

Posted by Kristin Baird I just found out that I have skin cancer, but honestly, that news isn’t as painful as trying to get a call back with my results.  Here’s how the ordeal played out. Golf has a lot of wonderful ...

Stop Being a Wimp and Start Leading

Posted by Kristin Baird There is a four-letter word that stifles even the best leaders. FEAR. I’ve heard people use an acronym – Forget Everything And Run. That certainly won’t get a leader very far. The mantra I like to use ...

Who Decides if You’re Worth the Wait? Patients.

Posted by Kristin Baird Wait time in healthcare settings matter on two important fronts. One is the wait time to get an appointment, and the other is the wait time in the waiting room. Last year, we did tens of thousands of ...

What are Your Big Rocks?

Posted by Kristin Baird Years ago, I attended a time-management seminar. One of their key concepts really stuck with me. The presenter had a glass cylinder filled to the top with big rocks, small pebbles, and sand.  On the table beside ...

Your Nurses Aren’t Whining – They’re Warning

Posted by Kristin Baird Patient experience happens during multiple moments of truth, but none are as vital as those happening at the bedside between the patient and nurse. Not long ago, I interviewed members of the senior executive team and the CFO ...

You won’t get far without direction

Posted by Kristin Baird When it comes to setting the course for transforming culture, you won’t get far until you know where you’re going. What’s your vision for the culture of the future? Can you describe it? How do people behave ...

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