Thursday, July 26, 2012
One of the biggest needs facing health and human service organizations today is the need for strong leadership, and a few days ago OPEN MINDS Executive Vice President, John F. Talbot touched on two important cultural attributes that leaders need to keep strategy implementation on track (see Culture Will Trump Strategy Every Time all members). Here are two personal attributes leaders also need to get the most out of their organization’s strategy.
Adaptability– success in the current market involves almost continual strategic assessments built upon the analysis of internal and external factors impacting your strategy (see The OPEN MINDS Guide To Strategic Planning: Best Practices In A Turbulent Market ). Leaders need to think about all the scenarios that could alter or nullify their business model. A good way to do this is to be open to input from all organizational stakeholders and appreciate the different viewpoints – such as experience, knowledge, and leadership styles – that can help leaders prepare for otherwise surprising situations (see Don’t Just Sit There: Change! and Market Intelligence Toolkit on Change Management ).
Efficient business skills & practices–if top executives don’t understand all the variables (i.e. what will it take to run the day-to-day operation, manage staff relationships, assessing specific operational situations, strengthening the organizational vision), it will be almost an impossible task to share a clear organizational vision with management teams, front office staff, and clinicians (see Prepare for the Emerging Post-Recession Marketplace: Five Management Best Practices for Organizational Sustainability ). More and more, this also means understanding metrics, and metrics-based management (see Four Cornerstones of Metrics-Based Management all members and The Four-Step Model for Metrics-Based Management: Improving the Bottom Line with Better Use of Data ).
For a deeper look into the leadership challenges facing the industry today, join me September 12-14 in Gettysburg for The 2012 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Institute where I will present Looking Forward: Management & Strategic Decision-Making In Times Of Crisis.
William E. Organek
Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
For another free resource, see: Looking at Leadership Through a Big Picture Lens all members
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