In: Leadership

03
Dec

Choosing the Wrong Friends May Be Dangerous to Your Career

Life isn’t meant to be lived alone. Not only do we need food and shelter to survive, but we also need socialization. In fact, the National Institute on Aging reports that positive interactions can reduce the levels of Interleukin-6, an inflammatory factor, found with disorders like cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease.  But, what happens when those closest to you – your friends or clique – are negative and emotionally destructive? I…

19
Nov

Do You Train or Do You Fire?

For the last year, Janet wondered if she made the right decision by promoting one of her experienced nurses, Erik, into the assistant manager role. She selected Erik because he had a good relationship with the staff, was enrolled in a master’s program, and seemed to be very organized, which were a few of the reasons she thought he would do well in a leadership role. However, it wasn’t long before Janet started questioning her decision….

29
Oct

3 Ways to Strengthen Relationships with Human Resources Partners

Over the last 10 years, I’ve talked with many healthcare leaders about their attempts to hold employees accountable for professional behavior. When they FINALLY decide to terminate an employee because of disruptive behaviors, they hit a brick wall in the Human Resource Department. HR often tells them that they don’t have enough evidence to support termination or haven’t counseled the employee enough. However, it’s not always HR’s fault. I’ve talked with a lot of HR representatives…

17
Sep

The 3 Things You Must Ask BEFORE You Hire Someone in Healthcare

Have you ever hired a nurse whom you thought was a great hire? She had experience, was certified, and seemed to possess excellent clinical skills.  Yes! You hit the jackpot! But then over time, you realized while all of this was true, she quickly got a reputation for not helping anyone, only focusing on her patients; being arrogant, uncivil, and just plain rude. What went wrong? You were probably distracted by the shining object syndrome and…

20
Aug

5 Questions Managers Should Ask Employees During One-on-Ones

We know through various surveys and studies (Gallup is one of them) that one of the most important reasons why someone stays or leaves their job is the relationship they have with their boss. Although recent studies show that career advancement is another reason employees leave, many times, managers aren’t even aware that an employee is looking or may not consider whether or not their current organization is providing them with enough opportunity. Therefore, meeting with…

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