When a New President Comes to Campus: Finding Opportunity in Career Transition

When a new college or university president is hired, it is a time of hope and excitement on campus. It can be a time of uncertainty for campus administrators, who must gauge how they will fit in and fare with the new leader. For a variety of reasons, some administrators will find themselves left out of the new administration’s plans – in other words, “off the team” and unemployed.

Witt/Kieffer senior partner Lucy Leske spoke recently with…



Executive Careers: Moving from Healthcare CFO to CEO

Healthcare CEOs and CFOs tend to lose sleep over many of the same issues: shrinking reimbursement, payer uncertainty, and moving the needle on population health, value-based care and consumer engagement and experience. Indeed, according to a recent Advisory Board survey, the primary concerns of CEOs are dominated by finance-related issues. Every healthcare organization, for example, seems eager to boost outpatient access and market share, reduce expenses, control utilization, and investigate new revenue streams.

Healthcare CFOs increasingly possess…



Phone Interviewing for Executives: Putting Your Strongest Voice Forward

By Christopher L. Neumann

Even experienced executives can stumble during a job search – especially during an initial conversation which typically occurs over the phone. This important stage of the executive recruiting process is a candidate’s first impression to a potential employer. If the employer is represented by an executive recruiting firm, it is critical to remember that the firm has been hired to represent its client. Knowing this, you should treat…



Camera Ready: How Executives Can Prepare for Video Interviews

Video interviewing is increasingly common in executive recruiting, especially in the early stages of connecting with candidates. While many executives are comfortable being on camera, they can benefit from additional preparation prior to remote interviews.

In a recent issue of Training Magazine, Witt/Kieffer senior associate Andrew Trechsel laid out best practices for video interview preparation. His advice includes the following:

Test your technology. At least an hour…



Recruiting Rural Executives: The Board’s Role, Responsibilities, and Mindset

By Beth A. Nelson and James U. King III

“Rural hospitals and health systems often face a leadership catch-22. They need strong leaders to overcome the well-documented challenges facing rural healthcare – limited resources and dwindling populations, for example – but struggle to recruit strong leaders because of these challenges.”

This is how our recent article in Trustee Magazine begins. It is never easy to recruit CEOs and other executives for rural hospitals and health systems. Trustees, we have found,…



How Healthcare Executives Can Navigate Consolidation

By Donna Padilla

Consolidation in healthcare does not seem to be slowing, which will mean continued disruption for many executives who must navigate new organizational frameworks or transition to realigned roles or even new positions. In some cases, executives are laid off or transitioned out.

Change is never easy, especially in the short term. Yet as we all know, change in the long term can be good for executive careers. It can provide new…



Survey Report: How Are Millennial Leaders Shaping Healthcare?

The millennial generation has surpassed Generation X and Baby Boomers as the largest segment of our nation’s workforce. In healthcare, millennials in their thirties are ascending to senior executive roles as well as CEO positions at independent hospitals and smaller organizations.

What does it mean for healthcare as millennials move into leadership? What do organizations need to know as they seek to recruit and retain millennial healthcare executives?

To begin to…



Career Building: How Physician Leaders Can Stand Out

By Daniel Dimenstein

As healthcare systems across the country embark on their journeys from “volume to value,” there is more pressure than ever being placed on physicians to create that value for their patients. Whether those physicians are in private practice or are employed by health systems, those pressures are coming from all directions with no signs of letting up. Some physicians are looking to leave clinical practice and…



Should Students Be Represented on Presidential Search Committees?

When a college or university undertakes a presidential search, a question that arises is whether to invite one or more students to sit on the search committee. There is no firm rule, yet Witt/Kieffer senior partner Dennis Barden believes it makes sense. Writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Barden asserts that having students on the committee acknowledges them as essential constituents in a very important decision.

Besides, students have…



David Harlan, MD: Leaders Earn Their Stripes Every Day

David M. Harlan, MD, has had a distinguished career as a researcher, educator, clinician, and leader in the diabetes field, currently serving as the Diabetes Division Chief and Co-Director of the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence at UMass Medical School and its clinical affiliate UMass Memorial Medical Center. What helped shape Dr. Harlan as a leader, however, was a distinguished medical career in the U.S. Navy and…