From Military to Civilian: Healthcare Executives Describe Challenges

“I’m not sure many leaders understand the wonderful perspective, experiences and leadership qualities that veterans bring to an organization.”

Veterans ThumbThe comment above comes from a new Witt/Kieffer report, “Answering the Call: Veterans as Civilian Healthcare Leaders.” The report draws insights from a Witt/Kieffer survey of veterans currently in civilian healthcare leadership positions. What makes the report a compelling read is the thoughtfulness of the comments from respondents and their…



How Employers Can Ace the Candidate Experience

By David Boggs

I have written articles in the past advising executive candidates on how to navigate the job search and interview process (see, for instance, “Find Solid Footing in a Shifting Career Landscape”) – understanding that, especially during tough economies, executive job hunters need all the help they can get.

However, recent data show a job market that is improving, with projections for employment in…



Health Conversion Foundations: How (and When) to Slice the Pie?

By Wayne Luke

Health conversion foundations are not new to healthcare but they are increasingly a by-product of the current era of mergers and acquisitions. These foundations are created to ensure that proceeds from the sale of nonprofit healthcare entities to for-profit organizations are funnelled into core community needs.

What is usually a significant initial endowment for a new foundation can present dilemmas for its leaders and board: How do we spend the money? How much now, how much later?…



Higher Ed Advancement Leadership: Career Tips for Unrealistic Times

By Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D.

Higher education faces an uncertain future and thus a challenging present. Times are especially demanding for those in advancement, who must deal with issues from shrinking funding to initiatives to rein in tuition costs. Expectations for what advancement leadership can achieve, in fact, are often unrealistic.

What are advancement professionals to do? I discuss this issue and suggest tips in a recent article…



Executive Search Best Practices: Selecting a Healthcare CEO

Leadership transitions are inevitable in healthcare and related fields which have seen tremendous tumult in recent years. When the board of a hospital, health system, medical center or other organization determines that it needs to recruit a new chief executive officer, it must follow an established, proven recruiting process. Such a process increases the likelihood of selecting the right person for the job and lends credibility to the chosen candidate, providing an essential foundation for his or her tenure.



Be Careful What You Tell the Realtor (And Other Job Search Secrets)

By Donna Padilla

Looking for a new job is not for the careless. The smallest job search infraction — an off-the-cuff response that is not well-received or an uncovered ghost from your professional past — can mean elimination in the pursuit of your next position. As you begin (or continue) your search, anticipate the following key issues and how you would respond to various situations.

Are you serious about a job change?

While…



The Chief Medical Information Officer – Second Generation

By Hillary Ross

With the successful implementation of electronic health records at most hospitals and health systems, many Chief Medical Information Officers are evolving into even more pivotal and strategic leaders. The EHR and other clinical systems are never fully implemented. There will always be upgrades and enhancements and thus a need for the expertise that a CMIO provides. As responsibilities of the CMIO shift, new titles are emerging,…



Day of Service 2016

Witt/Kieffer employees are proud to live by our mission to support organizations “committed to improving the quality of life.” One way is through our annual Day of Service, in which employees from our different locations get out of the office to help a good cause. Held this year during the weeks of April 4th and April 11th, most of our efforts…



Higher Ed Casts a Wider Net for HR Executives

Chief human resources officers are pivotal players in driving change in higher education. Presidents, trustees, and the public in general are increasingly calling for a rethinking of how institutions operate – especially in regards to costs and educational outcomes. CHROs are the ones who must galvanize that change, and make sure that leadership, faculty, and staff are prepared for a different future.

With this imperative for change…



From Healthcare COO to CEO – and Back?

The role of chief operating officer varies from industry to industry and organization to organization. For some COOs, responsibilities are primarily procedural. Increasingly, the line between COO and CEO can blur, in that the COO can have a more strategic role with responsibilities such as assessing new revenue streams; developing a future vision for the organization; and working to build relationships between physicians, staff, community and government leaders, and others.

Donna Padilla