Archive: Communication

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 ...

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 ...

Listen With Your Eyes and Ears

Even the youngest patients know when their healthcare workers truly listen to them. When my youngest daughter, Hillary was nine years old, I told her I’d be scheduling her back-to-school physical with the pediatrician. She stopped me and asked, “Will ...

I’m Just Here for the Food

I’m Just Here for the Food, By Angela Fieler I was coaching an executive recently who was complaining that staff are “just not engaged.” I asked how he was defining employee engagement. At the root of his complaint was the fact that ...

Don’t Ask if You Don’t Want to Hear

The topic of rounding is nothing new for healthcare leaders. For years we’ve talked about purposeful rounding. It's important to ask questions that focus on what is going well and what they need. But be sure you are ready to ...

Great Culture Takes Strategic Communication

Creating the ideal organizational culture takes a commitment to strategic communication. Healthcare leaders cannot say something once and expect the message to permeate the hearts and minds of every person in the organization. It takes strategy, tactics, and skilled execution ...

Your Internal Monologue can Sabotage your Leadership 

Your Internal Monologue can Sabotage your Leadership    Millions of messages play in your head all day, every day without the slightest awareness. Although they may seem innocuous, these mental nudges subtly shape your beliefs and drive both your emotions and actions. ...