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?


Recruiting Life Sciences Executives: Three CEO Archetypes

By Morten Nielsen

No two life sciences companies follow the same path of growth and development, but they often do go through similar phases as they transition over years from inception to commercialization. The same CEO is rarely equipped to run a drug, device, or diagnostic company from beginning to end, as leadership needs evolve at the same rate as the growing enterprise.

Therefore, different CEOs are often needed to optimize the different phases of growth. There can be many phases…



College Presidents Talk About Athletics: Where Does the Buck Stop?

By Greg Santore

In a recent article for Forbes.com, columnist Jason Belzer and I explore the complicated relationship between university presidents and their athletic departments. As we note in the introduction, college sports are extremely lucrative today. In 2014, football revenues alone brought in more than $3.4 billion. Even at smaller institutions, the success of sports teams greatly influences overall institutional spirit and success.

Leadership of each athletic enterprise rests in the hands of one person: the president (not…



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…



Healthcare Executive Recruiting: Myths about the Hire-ability of Military Medical Officers

By Kimberly Smith, FACHE, Senior Partner

For military officers, the decision as to when to transition into civilian life is tough to say the least. Family, logistics, raw emotion, and trepidation about the unknown come into play. If you’ve been a soldier for 10, 20, or even 30 years, it’s hard to leave the ranks.

But most officers, at some point, exit the services for civilian roles — they want something different for themselves or their families, or have reached a…



Need a Career Boost? Act Your Age

Two years ago, our CEO Charles Wardell told FoxBusiness.com that job experience “has come back into vogue in a big way.” Wardell’s point was that organizations are more earnestly recruiting older executives and other “seasoned” workers, especially in industries that are particularly turbulent and need staff to lend stability amid chaos. Opportunities are still there today for late-career professionals who want to keep working.

Of course, youth is in vogue, too, with career experts everywhere talking about millennials…



As Cybersecurity Concerns Grow, So Does Demand for Healthcare CISOs

By Nick Giannas and Laura Vallone

A by-product of healthcare reform and the shift to a ubiquitous digital environment is the increased risk of cybersecurity threats and attacks. These security issues are real, evolving and can happen to any organization, as has been shown time and again over the past several years. Security breaches have become so common that most experts agree that, for healthcare organizations, it’s not a matter of if a breach will happen, but when. Some say…