Can Healthcare Governance Get to Great? (Yes. Here’s How.)

By Andrew Chastain, Kimberly Smith, FACHE, and James Gauss

It is easy to spot high-functioning hospital and health system boards. Their trustees are skilled, committed to their organizations, and care about making a real difference in people’s lives.

But excellence in healthcare governance is not something that we see throughout the industry and can be inconsistent from one boardroom to…

Where Will Tomorrow’s Children’s Hospital Leaders Come From?

By James U. King III and Christine Mackey-Ross

“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” –Bill Gates

If there were ever a time to make serious plans for the development and transitioning of senior executives at children’s hospitals, it is now. Child health issues ranging from Medicaid reform and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to childhood obesity and pediatric research present major challenges….

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…

10 Great Articles on Nonprofit Leadership

By Wayne Luke, Not-for-Profit Practice Leader

What’s the latest in nonprofit leadership? It’s always helpful to scan major media outlets and nonprofit-oriented publications to see what issues are front and center for executives today. Below are 10 articles—all of which have been published since the start of the New Year—that highlight key non-for-profit industry leadership and industry trends.  They emphasize the importance of mission,…

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

AHA Rural Healthcare Conference

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…

Readers’ Choice: Witt & Wisdom’s Top 14 for 2014

There is never a dull moment in healthcare, education, the nonprofit sector, and other industries which we serve. Leaders are kept on their toes, and there are plenty of issues and best practices to write about, as evidenced by the nearly 50 Witt & Wisdom blog posts published throughout this past year. As 2014 comes to a close, we’d like to share the 14 most-read items on our blog from the year. (We’ve listed them alphabetically.) Enjoy, and we…

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…