Senior Care CEOs: Succession Planning Essential to Preserve Mission

By Diane Tanking and Elaina Genser

According to a recent survey by our firm, there has been remarkable stasis at the top of the senior-living industry: more than half of the chief executives we polled have been in place for 10 or more years. It’s not unusual to hear of CEOs who have served for more than two decades. This degree of strong leadership stability is enviable…



AHA 24th Annual Leadership Summit: Diverse Angles

By Meeta Gandhi

Part 2 of a two-part series; read Part 1 here.

On the second day of the AHA Annual Leadership Summit, I attended the track, “Equity of Care: Essential to Improved Quality and Lower Costs,” where Mr. Tomás Leon, President and CEO of the Institute for…



AHA 24th Annual Leadership Summit: Pat Riley on Winning and Learning

By Meeta Gandhi

As an early careerist, having the opportunity to attend the American Hospital Association’s 24th Annual Leadership Summit was nothing short of exhilarating. This was my first experience attending a healthcare conference of this magnitude. As an intern in AHA’s Institute for Diversity’s Summer Enrichment Program, it was an opportunity to network with 13 peers who had been selected to attend,…



How to Recruit an Athletic Director

By Greg Santore, Leader, Sports Leadership Practice

What is the best way to conduct a college or university athletic director search? There is no one-size-fits-all approach, as AD search committees take many different paths to the hire. Along the way, there is tremendous pressure to make the right decision for often-divided constituents, from alums and donors to faculty and top administrators.

To find a great AD, I…



How Leaders Can Foster Innovation (and Learn to Accept Failure)

What is innovation? Is it a strategy? A process?  A goal? Is it something only for the young and entrepreneurial? Is it the responsibility of everyone within an organization?

BAB Full Room

These were questions tackled by the full house of attendees at the recent “Innovation Conference” in New York City sponsored by Witt/Kieffer in conjunction with BritishAmerican Business, a membership organization of leading companies across industries on both…



Onboarding Sets the Stage for CEO Success

By Paul Bohne

In 2015, CEO turnover at the largest companies in the world was at an all time high. Why? These are volatile times across industries, of course. And there can be many specific explanations for CEO exits, including failure to establish partnerships with the board or colleagues, to establish a cultural fit, or to understand the requirements of the role. And some…



From Military to Civilian: Healthcare Executives Describe Challenges

“I’m not sure many leaders understand the wonderful perspective, experiences and leadership qualities that veterans bring to an organization.”

Veterans ThumbThe comment above comes from a new Witt/Kieffer report, “Answering the Call: Veterans as Civilian Healthcare Leaders.” The report draws insights from a Witt/Kieffer survey of veterans currently in civilian healthcare leadership positions. What makes the report a compelling read is the thoughtfulness of the comments from respondents and their…



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.

With this imperative for change…



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.

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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 early in their careers.

“Even the…