What It Takes to Be a University President (a Second Time)

Cevallos 3Javier Cevallos, PhD, recently left a 12-year tenure as president of Kutztown University to take on the top job at Framingham State University. How did he know when to go? What pitfalls stood in the way at Framingham State? When does the honeymoon of a new presidency end?

Cevallos shares thoughts in a new Witt/Kieffer Leader Profile, “A College Presidency: The Honeymoon and Beyond.”…



16 Strategic Questions for Healthcare CEOs in 2016

By Andrew Chastain

Andrew Chastain2016 is sure to be a year of tremendous change for the healthcare industry. In a recent article published by Becker’s Hospital Review, I take a very big-picture view and list 16 strategic questions healthcare CEOs and other leaders should ask themselves during the year ahead. From the transition to value-based care to the immediate need for greater information security, CEOs have more concerns than ever.

These…



Recruiting Business School Deans: Business-Savvy Leaders Wanted

By Lucy Leske

Leske, Lucy 110x135From declining enrollment to competition from online programs, business school deans have a lot on their plates today. Some deans are concerned about growth and expansion, while others fret over their schools’ survival and sustainability. Candidates for b-school leadership are expected, more than ever, to present a wide range of skills acquired inside and outside the traditional walls of academia.

In a recent…



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…



The Year in Review: Our Top 15 of 2015

2015 blueAs 2015 comes to an end, it is worth taking a look back at the insight, knowledge, and advice shared by our contributors this past year. The items below highlight some of the best resources and articles from our own thought leaders and were the most viewed on Witt & Wisdom.

And the top 15 are . . .

Career Advice

  • Career Best Practices: Do You Really Want That New Job?


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…