In Healthcare, Is There a Link between Good Talent Management and ROI?

Although today’s healthcare organizations have well-developed talent management practices, few have an in-depth understanding of the return on investment these practices provide. To better gauge this ROI, Witt/Kieffer has supported the work of Pepperdine University professor Kevin Groves, Ph.D., who recently conducted a comprehensive survey of senior HR officers and other industry executives in charge of talent management within their organizations.

Dr. Groves’ work explores and draws conclusions regarding several critical issues:

  • There is a strong connection between good talent management…


Success Strategies for Women Leaders in Healthcare

Many women leaders in healthcare who are great at what they do still have difficulty moving up into the C-suite, observes Jena Abernathy, Witt/Kieffer vice president and senior partner. There are many reasons for this, she says, but regardless of what obstacles exist, women in healthcare who aspire to top executive positions must pursue them aggressively, strategically, and without compromise. “You can’t be a little bit CEO,” she says.

Abernathy, a former executive with Premier, Inc., knows about moving up the healthcare…



Jena Abernathy: How Pregnant Women Should Manage a Job Search

How pregnant professional women should conduct themselves while looking for a new job has been a hot-button issue since last summer, when Yahoo hired Marissa Mayer to become its new CEO while she was expecting her first child. The issue certainly isn’t new, however, and is one that Witt/Kieffer vice president Jena Abernathy has counseled many women leaders about over the years.

As Abernathy recently

In Future Talent Wars, It’s Survival of the Fittest

For anyone involved in recruiting and talent management—or anyone concerned about his or her long-term career viability and talent development for that matter—it’s helpful from time to time to step back and consider the global forces that are shaping our labor markets in the U.S and abroad. Do they favor you? Your organization?

In many of the industries and market niches that Witt/Kieffer serves, executives who make a difference with sophisticated skill sets are near-impossible to find. We’ve written about…



Chief Diversity Officers: Raising the Bar within Academic Medicine

Two decades ago it was considered a major milestone when an organization created a chief diversity officer position within its leadership structure. Today, CDOs are in relative abundance, but there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the position: What role should a CDO have? Who should he or she report to? How much of a difference can a CDO really make upon an organization? Left unanswered, these questions create an impediment to a CDO’s ability to succeed.

Witt/Kieffer has…



Healthcare’s New Breed: Embracing the Unconventional

This week, Modern Healthcare unveiled the winners of its annual Up & Comers recognition program. The program, in its 26th year, highlights the rising stars in healthcare and provides snapshots of leaders who will transform the industry in the future. Some 265 professionals were nominated, yet as always only 12 made the cut. “This year’s honorees are extremely gifted with traits and skills distinctive to this new breed,”

For Hospital Board Succession Planning, Creativity Counts

Even the best hospital and health system boards are challenged to find new members. While traditional skills such as accounting and finance are still highly valued, boards increasingly need individuals who understand, for example, population health, evidence-based medicine, and even information technology and social media.

“Board members with proven clinical experience in quality measurement and performance improvement are especially prized,” Jim Gauss writes on Boardmember.com. “As the healthcare landscape and its financial incentives are transformed,…



Building Diversity in Healthcare Administration: Women’s Perspectives from the C-Suite

Guest post by Wendy L. Brower McLeod

Like the patients they serve, a hospital’s executive staff should come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures: women, men, old, young. Multiple countries of origin. Building diversity in healthcare organizations is critical to ensure that the needs of all patients are being met, and that these organizations are employing the best within their communities.

Sharon O’Keefe, President of the University of Chicago Medical…



Managing Diversity: 5 Ways Your Board Can Get Results

Guest post by Jim Gauss and Howard Jessamy

Managing Diversity: 5 Ways Your Board Can Get Results

Fourth in a series of findings from Witt/Kieffer’s 2011 national survey report Building the Business case. Healthcare Diversity Leadership.

Over the past few months in this series on advancing leadership diversity, I’ve shared some key findings from our 2011 national survey report, noted specific barriers  to improving and managing diversity in a meaningful way, explained why mentoring is the number one best practice to use, and…



Improving Diversity in Healthcare: The #1 Best Practice

Guest post by Jim Gauss and Howard Jessamy

Improving Diversity in Healthcare: The #1 Best Practice

The third in a series of findings from Witt/Kieffer’s 2011 national survey report Building the Business case. Healthcare Diversity Leadership.

Last month, I shared some of the key findings from the 2011 Witt/Kieffer survey report on perceived barriers to improving leadership diversity in healthcare . Respondents expressed concerns about lack of diversity talent, equal consideration for leadership positions, challenges with effective…