Join Women in Healthcare Management on Anthony’s patio on June 5 for our annual summer networking event – a chance to touch base and mingle between our Spring and Fall events. Appetizers will be served, and we will have a cash bar.
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As leaders in healthcare organizations, we often need to take the time to pause and have a gut check; these can be with ourselves, our staff, our leadership. Most recently I had our department do a check on our overall outlook: Who is looking toward decreasing workload, retirement, life changes that will alter the productivity of our team? We looked also at the wish list we are looking to accomplish within the next five years, referring to our mission, vision, values and strategic plan for the organization. Where will we expand regionally, what investment are we capable of making, and what is the return?
Most importantly, as leaders we tend to forget to gut check within ourselves. Are we where we want to be? Are we looking to further our education, obtain additional certification, again, what is the investment and what is the return?
Taking time for ourselves seems an unattainable goal most days, performing these gut checks give us a little reprieve from the day to day business, and look within ourselves as well as our business to see the potential.
Blog post by WHCM Steering Committee Member Jen Pendleton
Author Alan Burdick’s new book, “Why Time Flies,” examines his own life as he watches his kids grow up but also how our brains observe and process time. He discussed it with Robert Siegel on All Things Considered, my favorite show on public radio. What I found fascinating is our brain’s ability to “think on its own” and actually trick our perception of reality by anticipating when and how long things take.
He says, “Our brains do a lot of work to hide what you might call reality from us. So, every time you type, for instance, on a computer keyboard there’s actually about a 35-millisecond delay between you pressing a key on the keypad and that letter appearing on the screen. But as far as your brain is concerned, it happens instantaneously. There’s no gap. It’s actually been shown that your brain can sustain about a tenth-of-a-second delay between your action and its consequence.”
Think about that – and your place in time can get pretty philosophical.
I heard an interesting snippet on NPR the other morning, about women and our ambition. Shankar Vedantam, NPR’s social science correspondent and the host of a podcast I love called the Hidden Brain, discussed a study which found single women as much less likely to express career ambitions compared to married women or men. What is the reason behind this? Are we creating a glass ceiling for ourselves?
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the judgment of others and how that plays into our everyday lives – both personally and professionally. Do you write people off because of the way they act or look? Perhaps it’s not consciously done, but are we predisposed to it? I watched a TED talk on the existence of prejudice and bias and how it can help us categorize our lives. In the video Paul Bloom shares stories from research on prejudice including one study that illustrated young children showing an affinity for certain stuffed animal characters over other stuffed animals based on the stuffed animals’ “preference” for foods like green beans vs. graham crackers. Are we wired to like people -and even stuffed animals – based on some subconscious cues that may not make a lot of rational sense? Acknowledging that is a part of being human and may be the first step toward reducing the impact prejudice has on the way we think and act. Take a look if you have a moment.
The first few months in a new leadership role are usually an exciting and challenging time. The hard work of networking, research, applications, and interviewing has finally paid off. You got the job! Congratulations, but now is no time to relax.
Did you know the first 100 days in a new job establish your foundation as a new leader? Many new leaders arrive on Day One “ready to go” but without a plan. Rather than “hitting the ground running,” early messages are off target, relationships are slow to form, and results are unpredictable. In today’s business world there is no such thing as a “honeymoon period.” All eyes are on the new leader to produce results quickly and efficiently.
The key is to develop your transition game plan long before your start the job. Clarify expectations, uncover landmines and avoid missteps that can negatively impact first impressions and your long term success. There are plenty of resources and tools to help with this. One book I found particularly useful is The New Leader’s 100 Day Action Plan by George Bradt, Jayme Check, and John Lawler. In it, the authors present a compelling case for flushing out your onboarding plan even before you have accepted the job. Four main concepts for a successful transition and increased chances of long term success are succinctly detailed: Getting a head start by assessing risks, identifying landmines, jump-starting relationships; Managing the message by creating a strong first impression, opening message and ongoing communication; Setting direction and building your team by co-establishing 30-45-70 day objectives; Sustaining momentum and delivering results by continuing to evolve your leadership and practices. With background information, examples, diagrams and tools this book offers ways to assess your new situation and begin develop an on-boarding plan that gives you more control from Day One.
Just as you diligently prepared for your job interviews, advance planning of your first days and months on the new job should be an integral part of your next career move.
Blog post by WHCM Steering Committee Member MaryGaye Grizwin
Most people have smart phones now, and if they don’t, they probably have a tablet. For instance, my dad, who is 65+, is holding onto his flip phone for dear life but LOVES his iPad / iPod and has many apps he finds useful on them.
I went to a conference a few months ago and as an “ice breaker” in a room of about 30 people, we went around and shared our favorite app and its function. It was interesting to hear what people discovered value in, and what their interests were. Podcast and music apps were especially popular. One of my favorites is SpotHero, an app that uses your location to find the cheapest parking – whether it be in a garage or in the back of a Boston Brownstone – and all currency is exchanged through the phone. Two new ones I learned about are; Cash , a free to download app by Square that instantly transfers money between friends for free as long as you are both signed up and connect your debit cards, and OneNote for iPhone, a virtual notebook you can write memos in, save images and articles from the web and audio files – and it’s completely searchable! I think this question is a great conversation starter and you might just learn something new about the person you are speaking with.
Why did I join Women in Healthcare Management? It was nine years ago – I had been laid off from my public relations agency job as part of a 40% reduction in workforce and was actually happy about it. People were crying and packing up their desks in those pitiful printer paper boxes they give you when you’ve been terminated and I was smiling. I felt awful for my colleagues – for some it was their first job – but happy because it gave me the push to make a change. How to make that change? My public relations clients had been mostly high-tech and some medical device. I knew I wanted to work in medicine, but not in patient care. I wanted to enable those providing care to do what they do best, but without years of experience, it was tough to even get an interview. A friend of a friend’s mom suggested I join Women in Healthcare Management (WHCM). My eyes were open to the different jobs in healthcare – I never realized there were hundreds of jobs with countless skill sets supporting the physicians, nurses and clinicians.
Fast forward to 2017. I am happily employed at Signature Healthcare in the marketing department, doing public relations and web content management. I’m still so impressed by the women I meet at our WHCM events. Just last night I was at one of our 4 yearly informal networking gatherings and met so many interesting women in the two hours – a lady who works at a pharmaceutical company and files papers for clinical trial approvals; a developer and data analyst who saved up so she could quit her job and focus on the “next step” in her career; a nurse manager from Children’s Hospital; consultants; a project manager for a health plan and more. I mused as I remembered our fall networking gathering several months before and how two women at my table discovered they were both breast cancer survivors. We learn from each other, support each other and provide sounding boards. I’ve made friends through the group and career-driven, passionate women who’ve helped me grow – whether they knew it or not. I look forward to meeting more of them in the years to come.
Join colleagues, friends and members for an informal night of conversation and networking. Get out of the house during the winter season and be warmed through connections with other women in the healthcare industry. Appetizers and a cash bar included. Hope to see you there!