Culture Catalyst Blog & Articles

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Leading Through Upheaval: Get Vulnerable

Leading Through Upheaval: Get Vulnerable   Healthcare has been in a constant state of change to the point of upheaval for months on end, putting even the most resilient and courageous to the test. Workers and their leaders are exhausted, discouraged, and ...

Accountability Strengthens the Culture

Accountability Strengthens the Culture   A culture of accountability doesn’t just happen. It takes persistence well after you state your expectations. Parenting would be easy if you could tell your kids once, and only once, to do something and know for certain it ...

Culture is Evident at Every Touch Point

Culture is Evident at Every Touch Point   A few years ago, I was coaching a hospital CEO who said, “I know culture is important but honestly I hate talking about it. Culture is an ethereal term. Nobody really can really lay ...

Recognition is Like Manure

In the play, Hello Dolly, Dolly Levi says, “Money is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless you spread it around helping young things to grow.” Substitute the word money in this quote with the word, recognition and you ...