7 Best Practices for Telling Your Boss about a Job Search

Should you be transparent with your boss about a job search or play it safe by keeping it confidential until the offer is in writing? It is tricky, says David Boggs, practice leader of WK Advisors, a division of Witt/Kieffer which is focused on identifying and recruiting mid- and professional-level executives. “Telling the truth can have real consequences,” he explains. “But staying…



Rural Healthcare Leadership: What’s Ahead for Independent Hospitals?

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Rural and independent hospitals have some distinct issues compared to other healthcare providers in the U.S. And with more distance between the geographic areas these leaders serve, it can be harder to have face-to-face conversations about tackling them.  That’s why forums like the AHA Rural Healthcare Conference are so valuable to the rural healthcare community. Witt/Kieffer consultant Beth Nelson…



Defying Disruption: How to Recruit During Reorganization

“There is a school of thought in healthcare recruiting that organizations in flux should delay major hires until the dust settles and stability returns,” write Witt/Kieffer consultants Bonnie Siegel and Paul Bohne in a recent article in Healthcare Informatics. This approach needs rethinking, the two argue with conviction. Of course, there are exceptions…



Recruiting Great Leaders to Rural Hospitals

By Jim King, Senior Partner, Chief Quality Officer

In simpler times, rural hospitals rarely competed with urban or even suburban ones for top leadership talent. Administrators tended to gravitate towards those communities or cities that felt like home to…



CMIOs in Healthcare: The Next Generation Makes Its Mark

By Hillary Ross

One of the most critical executive positions in healthcare is the CMIO. The CMIO role has been in place for well over a decade, long enough to evolve to the point that we are now seeing “second-generation CMIOs” making their mark on the industry.

First-generation CMIOs had significant responsibility for implementing clinical systems and being change agents in their organizations. They worked on an important…



5 Healthcare Trends for 2015 . . . and Their Implications for Leaders

By Andrew Chastain

2015Healthcare is our firm’s most mature and largest practice area, and we take pride in having our ear to the ground in the industry and having a keen intuition about what’s ahead. While there are a great many trends shaping healthcare, the five below are those that I believe will significantly impact the sector in the coming year. They’ll also greatly…



2014 Up & Comers: Healthcare Leaders Committed to Community

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Fearless, innovative, and civic-minded. These are the traits that distinguish this year’s class of Modern Healthcare Up & Comers, says Andrew Chastain in his introduction to this year’s awards coverage.

These also happen to be characteristics of millennials, Chastain notes, the…



The Chief Ambulatory Officer Climbs the Executive Ladder

In the healthcare industry, ambulatory care is hot. Health plans are encouraging patients to seek non-acute services, health systems are beefing up outpatient staff and offerings, while consumers themselves are more savvy shoppers in terms of where they get the most bang for their healthcare bucks.

It’s a seismic market shift, believes Witt/Kieffer consultant Jason Petros, writing on the Executive Insight website recently. “Ambulatory care can no longer be thought of…



Recruiting and Retaining Millennials: A Good Challenge to Have

There’s no shortage of negative stereotypes for Generation Y (aka millennials), from lazy to vain to entitled. But stereotypes may be a handicap to employers, not to millennials, and could prevent organizations from investing fully in a generation that is tech-savvy, educated, and socially conscious, according to Pew Research.

Witt/Kieffer consultant Michelle Lee is tuned into the strengths of millennials: “I find them to be quite engaged…



Healthcare Chief Experience Officers: One Goal, Different Blueprints

Give people the same challenge and they can each come up with different solutions. This is the case with an emerging executive role in healthcare, the Chief Experience Officer (CXO or, in some organizations, the Chief Patient Experience Officer). The challenge for those in the role is the enterprise’s broad mission: to provide extraordinary patient care. But with so expansive a goal and no true predecessors to learn from, CXOs find themselves – along with their organizations – developing…