Find Solid Footing in a Shifting Career Landscape

By David Boggs, Practice Leader, WK Advisors

If you’ve read an article about careers lately, chances are it included terms like “changing landscape” or “seismic shifts.” Healthcare, education, and many other industries are in upheaval due to significant changes involving everything from legislative policy to technological advancements. It’s no wonder even seasoned executives may feel as if they are stumbling across unsteady ground, their career paths not as…



Women, Men Differ on “Progress” toward Healthcare Leadership Diversity

CaptureIn the fall of 2015, Witt/Kieffer released results of our fourth major healthcare leadership diversity survey, in a report titled “Closing the Gap in Healthcare Leadership Diversity.” The survey was sent to thousands of healthcare executives, with 311 leaders ultimately participating. They were asked to answer questions about topics ranging from the perceived equity of leadership in healthcare to the barriers hindering continued improvement in closing the diversity…



On Veterans Day, Remember Those Who Embrace Responsibility

By Charles W.B. Wardell, III

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to deliver a lecture for a large, appreciative audience at the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. My theme was about leadership and “The Joy of Responsibility.” Allow me to share the definition of leadership that I used in that talk:

Leadership is not the act of leading people. It is the act of being responsible for a collective group of people.



Healthcare Chief Strategy Officers: Three Essential Competencies

By Adriane Willig

The role of the healthcare strategist – embodied most often by the healthcare Chief Strategy Officer – has seen its ups and downs over the years. There have been periods when some organizations have eliminated executive strategy positions, particularly as a way to reduce expenses. This still happens today.

Yet I believe we are seeing a resurgence in the importance of the role of Chief Strategy Officer and a corresponding demand in the job market. Forward-thinking health systems…



2015 Up & Comers: Healthcare Leaders Intent on Innovation and Collaboration

“Healthcare today does not so much require a new brand of leadership as it does a brand that expects constant change and is willing to go beyond conventional solutions,” believes Witt/Kieffer’s Andrew Chastain. “It also requires establishing a culture where innovative thinking is rewarded.”

One way in which innovative, change-embracing executives are rewarded is through Modern Healthcare’s annual Up & Comers awards. Chastain’s quote is from his introduction to this year’s awards, which recognize difference-making leaders…



Healthcare Executive Recruiting: Myths about the Hire-ability of Military Medical Officers

By Kimberly Smith, FACHE, Senior Partner

For military officers, the decision as to when to transition into civilian life is tough to say the least. Family, logistics, raw emotion, and trepidation about the unknown come into play. If you’ve been a soldier for 10, 20, or even 30 years, it’s hard to leave the ranks.

But most officers, at some point, exit the services for civilian roles — they want something different for themselves or their families, or have reached a…



As Cybersecurity Concerns Grow, So Does Demand for Healthcare CISOs

By Nick Giannas and Laura Vallone

A by-product of healthcare reform and the shift to a ubiquitous digital environment is the increased risk of cybersecurity threats and attacks. These security issues are real, evolving and can happen to any organization, as has been shown time and again over the past several years. Security breaches have become so common that most experts agree that, for healthcare organizations, it’s not a matter of if a breach will happen, but when. Some say…



Do Values Still Matter in Recruiting Healthcare Executives?

By Donna Padilla

“Leadership selection has a greater impact on an organization than any other single activity,” wrote ethicist and theologian John “Jack” Glaser in 1989. Dr. Glaser, who passed away in 2012, was an icon in Catholic healthcare circles and in the industry in general, and his words still ring true today. As an executive search consultant (who regularly serves major faith-based healthcare systems), I may be a little biased but it is hard to…



Healthcare Recruiting: Do Military Skills Translate to Civilian Leadership?

For as long as there have been soldiers there have been veterans, and thus discussions about how best to transition service members into civilian life once their time in the military is up. The concept of transitioning is especially challenging for military officers, as they seek civilian roles that are commensurate with their level of leadership experience, skills, and knowledge.

One former officer who has transitioned quite well into the corporate realm is John McFarland, a senior associate…