Culture Catalyst Blog & Articles

Balancing Skill With Patient Experience

Many healthcare positions require a high degree of technical skill, but balancing skill with patient experience is a skill unto itself. This is especially true in direct patient care. After all, if you mess up an important technical task, you could hurt ...

Coaches Are Made Not Born

We've all heard the adage, are you a manager or a leader? One connotates visions of a task delegator and a timesheet signer. The other is inspiration, motivation, and direction.  I would further this vision by asking, are you a trainer ...

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 ...

Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Awareness

Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Awareness by Angela Fieler As a certified executive coach, asking great questions is my “bread and butter.” My goal is to be a thought partner, or as a recent client said, “you push my brain to places ...

Blind Spots Can Fuel Bias in Healthcare

During a recent coach training, the participants and I had a lively discussion about how blind spots can fuel bias in healthcare. As part of their training, participants shadow hospitalists on inpatient units to assess interactions. They also give feedback ...

Avoiding Conflict Destroys a Leader’s Credibility

Leaders who want credibility with their teams won’t achieve that goal by avoiding conflict. In some ways, avoiding conflict is human nature. In fact, the path of least resistance is a law of nature. But that path of least resistance ...

Change is Here to Stay

Change is Here to Stay by Angela Fieler There is no doubt there has been a lot of change over the past 18 months. “What used to work just isn’t working anymore. I think it’s because my teams are more broken ...

Coaching a Know-It-All

Nobody loves coaching a know-it-all. We all know one or have worked with one. They’re the ones with the over-inflated ego who often begins sentences with, “Well, you know…” or “I always do it this way.” They are so confident that ...

Employee Engagement Flourishes in a Coaching Culture

  A coaching culture may be just what healthcare needs to improve employee engagement and retention during today’s Great Resignation. Peter Drucker famously said, “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” So, while you may spend weeks mapping out a comprehensive plan, it may be ...

Culture by Design: Three Steps to Make it Happen

Culture by Design: Three Steps to Make it Happen The phrase “culture is king” is thrown around quite a bit in business circles and yet, if you talk to healthcare leaders, you’ll find that there aren’t many who feel that their ...