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…



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…



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…



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…



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.

John Thornburgh John…



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.



“Nontraditionals” as College Presidents: What Can Be Learned from Controversy?

Much has been said and written lately about the prospects of “nontraditional” candidates for college presidencies. There have been successes and failures in recruiting presidents from outside of education – from the corporate, government, and even military sectors. One recent high-profile controversy and resulting departure of a CEO-turned-president has many education leaders signaling the end of these experiments.

“Don’t carve that epitaph into…



Leadership Lesson: Put Rookies in the Game

As Major League Baseball returns, Witt/Kieffer CEO Charles W.B. Wardell, III reminds us of the importance of giving young professionals a chance to prove themselves. In his article “For a Home Run, Put Your Rookies in the Game,” on the website of Chief Executive magazine, Wardell writes that too many young employees are rarely given chances to excel…



For Healthcare Boards and CEOs, Is the Mission Set in Stone?

By Andrew Chastain, Managing Partner, Healthcare

The mission for all healthcare organizations – nonprofit or for-profit – is critical. It is the mirror against which all strategic decisions are held up for reflection.

Should the mission statement, therefore, be set in stone? In a 2012 AHA Center for Healthcare Governance special report on Transformational Governance, Larry Gage notes that the originator of a…



Recruiting a CEO? Have You Considered the CHRO?

As with many executives in today’s workplace, chief human resources officers are witnessing a change in their function and scope within the leadership team. They are no longer seen as primarily supportive players; instead, many HR executives are taking on greater strategic and high-profile roles in their organizations.

“HR executives understand the central nervous systems of their organizations better than anyone,” writes senior…