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…



Do Values Still Matter in Recruiting Healthcare Executives?

By Donna Padilla

“Leadership selection has a greater impact on an organization than any other single activity,” wrote ethicist and theologian John “Jack” Glaser in 1989. Dr. Glaser, who passed away in 2012, was an icon in Catholic healthcare circles and in the industry in general, and his words still ring true today. As an executive search consultant (who regularly serves major faith-based healthcare systems), I may be a little biased but it is hard to…



A New Breed of College President, a New Way of Recruitment

By Lucy Leske, Managing Partner

College Presidential Search GuideIn a few short years, the dynamics of the presidential search in higher education have changed dramatically. Institutions still seek exceptional leaders with proven academic credentials, credibility, and experience, but only if there is also potential – to be creative and entrepreneurial, for example, and to manage change, risk, and disruption. Oftentimes this means bringing in leaders from outside the academy. The landscape has…



Barden’s Best: Sage Advice for Academic Candidates and Search Committees

The CASE Leadership Summit is in full swing in Chicago, marking one of the social and intellectual highlights of the year for advancement leaders in higher education. A Witt/Kieffer contingent including senior partner Dennis Barden and consultants Zachary Smith and Mercedes Vance will be on hand for the proceedings.

Barden is not only one of our firm’s most experienced search consultants (in advancement…



Power Principles: Nonprofit Leadership through an Entrepreneur’s Lens

Perkins Nonprofit Leadership Case StudyIn 2013 when the recruitment began for a new president and CEO for Perkins – known best as the parent organization for the Perkins School for the Blind – Dave Power did not consider himself a candidate. The more he thought about the job, however, the more it made sense. He was a successful corporate executive and venture capitalist always looking to make a mark, and…



Healthcare Recruiting: Do Military Skills Translate to Civilian Leadership?

For as long as there have been soldiers there have been veterans, and thus discussions about how best to transition service members into civilian life once their time in the military is up. The concept of transitioning is especially challenging for military officers, as they seek civilian roles that are commensurate with their level of leadership experience, skills, and knowledge.

One former officer who has transitioned quite well into the corporate realm is John McFarland, a senior associate…