Rural Hospitals: Looking Near, and Far, for Leaders Who Fit

These are tough times for small-town hospitals, and rural healthcare in general. Many communities, though deserving, lack the populations and resources to support top-notch healthcare facilities and services. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, American Hospital Association, National Rural Health Association, and other entities have dedicated themselves to finding meaningful solutions to the challenges facing…



Sports Foundation Leadership: Ten Tips for Sustainability

By Gregory Santore, Managing Director, Sports Leadership Practice

Sports foundation leaders have become a lot more sophisticated and savvy than in the past, as nonprofit and charitable organizations multiply yet compete with each other for limited resources. Sustainability must be a key focus for all foundations if they are to fulfill their missions over time.



The Healthcare CFO Search: Does the Perfect Candidate Exist?

Expectations for healthcare CFOs are drastically evolving and expanding. In the past, organizations looked for executives who could expertly manage the bottom line and support their organizations’ long-term financial health and stability.

Today, a typical healthcare CFO search targets an individual who, while still managerial in many respects, is much more strategic and visionary, says Anne Siders-Robinson, Witt/Kieffer senior associate. “Terms like innovative and strategic are often the leading requirements for a CFO,” Siders-Robinson…



Up & Comers: Healthcare Leaders Who Refuse to Wait

Patience may be a virtue, but it is certainly not top priority for the 12 newly honored Modern Healthcare Up & Comers. These dynamic under-40 executives have gotten to where they are by shunning patience and seizing opportunities to influence their colleagues and organizations. A few examples:

  • By age 35, New York-Presbyterian Hospital CMO Dr. Peter Fleischut established a Housestaff Quality Council that has become a widely recognized model of patient-safety initiatives.
  • As CMO of Albuquerque’s Molina…


Leadership Competencies: Striving for Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is a crucial element of leadership success. History is full of great leaders who understood their limitations and played to their strengths. It’s also littered with fallen heroes who overlooked their tragic flaws.

Many high-ranking executives today are lacking in self-awareness, notes Richard Metheny, head of Witt/Kieffer’s Solutions for Exceptional Leadership practice. This isn’t entirely their fault, however. Frequently, he says, the higher a leader rises in an organization, the less constructive feedback…



CEO Compensation Strategies: Getting Literal about Incentives and Severance

Healthcare CEOs are used to having various incentives built into their compensation packages. Traditionally, however, these incentives related loosely to the organization’s financials, or if a measurement related to institutional quality, it tied primarily to patient satisfaction.

No longer, says Andrew Chastain, managing partner of Witt/Kieffer’s Southern Region. Today’s healthcare executive compensation packages are about “literal outcomes,” he says. Boards use compensation strategies that involve…



Diverse Leadership in Higher Education: Time to Get (More) Serious

Most institutions of higher education today are “very serious” about developing diversity among their top administrators, believes Witt/Kieffer senior partner Oliver Tomlin. That’s a vast improvement from the past, he says. But it doesn’t mean that schools and search committees still can’t learn a thing or two about developing diverse leadership—a recent American Council on Education (ACE) survey noted that minority representation among higher ed leadership has…



What’s the Value of Health IT? The CIO Has the Answer

By Nick Giannas, Senior Associate, Witt/Kieffer

As part of National Health IT Week (this week, Sept. 16 to 20), HIMSS is encouraging professionals and observers in the field to blog about the following question: What’s the value of health IT?

In a way, it’s a trick question. There is obvious value. Or rather, IT is invaluable in that it affects all areas across the continuum of healthcare;…



Can Hospital CEOs Find (and Redefine) Success in Centralized Health Systems?

Careerwise, it’s been a challenging few years for just about everyone in healthcare. Professionals have had to reestablish their footing in an era of government reform and shifting paradigms.

Count hospital CEOs among those being challenged, too. As a wave of consolidation washes over the industry, chief executives from what were previously standalone hospitals, clinics, and health centers now find themselves incorporated and integrated into large, centralized health systems. Often, these hospital CEOs are presented with dramatically different or even…



Higher Education Institutional Advancement: Finding Opportunity in Leadership Transition

Few things stress advancement and development professionals as much as turnover at the top of their organizations. In higher education institutional advancement offices, entire campaigns and carefully nurtured relationships can be dashed if the transition of a new president, provost, or dean isn’t managed smoothly or the new leader has other, unanticipated priorities. The best way to respond to the uncertainty of leadership turnover is for the chief development officer and colleagues to be proactive, and positive, says Witt/Kieffer…