Physicians in the C-Suite: Demand Continues to Outpace Supply

 

The growing number of clinicians making their way to the C-Suite — to Chief Medical Officer, Chief Clinical Officer, and other roles — has been noted many times here on the Witt & Wisdom blog. (See, for example, “Health System Leadership: Seeking Physician Executives with Business Acumen.”) This trend is not slowing down and was the focus of the cover story of Health Leaders Magazine’s May issue. Kudos to that publication for a lengthy, well-researched,…



Chief of Staff: A Much-Needed “Right Hand” for Healthcare CEOs

By Andrew P. Chastain

Healthcare CEOs are experiencing an expanding workload as the industry continues to change, making it challenging to “steer the ship while scanning the horizon for threats and opportunities.” It is unrealistic to think that one person can capably juggle all the responsibilities while serving a wide range of constituents. One solution for CEOs is to engage a chief of staff to serve as their “right hand.”

Though common in politics and the corporate world, a chief of…



Veteran with Vision: A Profile of Reggie Pearson

 

For Reggie Pearson, the climb to the executive suite in healthcare – and his current position of Vice President of Operations for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital – had its roots in military service. Since that time, Pearson has learned about the importance of vision in leadership. (“Nothing great has been achieved without vision,” he says.) He has also learned that the vision and skills of one person will not translate to success without the collective energy and skill of…



Perception Isn’t Always Reality: Recognizing Gender Differences in Interview Styles

 

By Robin Mamlet

Women in higher education leadership roles often find themselves alone at the top with few, if any, female peers. The reasons for this are many and complex. Of the many factors that limit women from moving up in the ranks, two should be easy to resolve: how candidates present themselves in job interviews and how search committees interpret those interviews.

I sit in on a few dozen interviews for academic president, provost, or cabinet-level positions every month, and…



Interview Tips for Executive Candidates

 

As a successful executive, you may not have interviewed in a competitive situation for some time. Your goal for any interview is to be sure that when you leave, those with whom you met are convinced that you are the ideal candidate for the position, whatever it may be. You want to be in the driver’s seat, getting the option to move forward to the next round, or the offer, dependent on where you are in the process.

For executives…



A Profile in Higher Education Diversity Leadership

 

Many career paths were open to Dr. Jabbar R. Bennett, Northwestern University’s first associate provost for diversity and inclusion. Rather than follow a more traditional route based in academic research and study, he heeded the voice inside his head to pursue a path that would give him to both purpose and peace of mind.

Dr. Bennett shares his thoughts on leadership, including the importance of career advice from his mother, in a recent Witt/Kieffer



Precision Medicine: Who Will Lead?

 

By Hillary Ross

Precision medicine was a late-term focus of the Obama administration, and will remain a national priority as the new regime comes to Washington. The potential benefits number too many to ignore.

As health systems decide on what precision medicine (or personalized medicine) will look like for them, and move toward implementation of that vision, there is a need to recruit strong and innovative leaders. My colleague, Zachary Durst, and I recently had the opportunity to share our thoughts…



Counterintuitive (But Reliable) Leadership Principles

Leaders today must be more engaged and collaborative with colleagues, more in touch with employees, more conscientious of what they do and say, more concerned about diversity and fairness, and more accountable for the security, honesty, and welfare of their companies than in the past. This new landscape requires leaders to question their intuitions, while sticking with tried-and-true principles.

Witt/Kieffer Chair and CEO Charles W.B. Wardell, III recently…



Supporting the Success of Chief Diversity Officers on College Campuses

By Oliver B. Tomlin, III

Higher education institutions have come to realize just how critical a chief diversity officer is to getting things done regarding diversity and inclusion. One unfortunate result of this trend, however, is that the roles of most chief diversity officers have ballooned. At one end of the spectrum, the CDO is responsible for increasing the numbers of underrepresented individuals within the institution and ensuring a pipeline…



The Chief Health Information Officer (CHIO)

By Hillary Ross

The modern healthcare system continues to evolve, bringing accompanying change in the roles of healthcare leaders. One notable addition is the emergence of the Chief Health Information Officer (CHIO)—encompassing the technology and operational focus of the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) with a broader skill set and talent for strategy, transformation, and leadership.  Like the CMIO, the CHIO may still be the liaison between the clinical…