Archive: Leadership

Smart Hiring = Lasting Impact

In today’s talent market, smart hiring often goes out the window, and it can be tempting to hire the next applicant with a pulse. Regardless of a dwindling talent pool leaders still need a crystal-clear picture of their ideal candidate. ...

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 ...

Leaders as Change Agents

Change is a constant, but the past two years have put that adage on steroids. The pace of change has been unprecedented. While change places stress on everyone, middle managers are impacted the hardest. They need to translate issues from ...

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 ...

Change Feels Best at Arm’s Length

There’s an old saying, “The only people who like change are wet babies.” But change is good, right? Well, it can be, but human nature is to resist change. We like what we know. We like what is familiar and ...

Hope Really Isn’t a Strategy

Hope Really Isn’t a Strategy by Angela Fieler Many years ago, my husband introduced me to the comedy of Brian Regan. If you’ve never heard of him, you can find many of his routines on YouTube. He has several routines about healthcare. ...

Burnout Re-Ignited With One Question

While burnout runs rampant in healthcare, leaders must do everything within their power to replenish themselves and connect with their team members in a meaningful way. Frontline staff and managers alike are exhausted, making it difficult to focus on the ...

Dump the Pebble from Your Shoe

Many years ago, when I was first starting to do culture-shifting work, I learned a technique for showing employees that they were being heard. We put out an organization-wide request for employees to identify little irritations at work. We thought ...

One Bad Apple Will Spoil the Bunch

When it comes to building and sustaining a cohesive team, hiring for fit is key. One problem individual can unravel the fabric of the entire group. I don’t know a single experienced leader who hasn’t made a hiring mistake at some ...

The Best Investment Strategy May Not Be What You Think

Say the words investment strategy, and most of our minds immediately go to money and financial investments. But what if you shifted your thinking away from money to personal or professional development as an investment strategy? It’s January, so millions of ...