Category Archives: Leadership

Tell Oscar-Worthy Stories

During the Academy Awards ceremony, I noticed a common theme from the presenters and winners, which was the importance of telling a good story. No matter what kind of movie, the best movies have the best stories. The best actors typically come from the best movies.

The difference between telling a story for a movie and telling a story as a leader is that the leader’s story has to have a purpose. The purpose can be:

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Lessons From a Master Storyteller

I had the pleasure of hearing E. Gordon Gee speak at a dinner several years ago when I taught in the Integrated Marketing Communications program at West Virginia University. I was so impressed with his ability to connect with the audience that I wrote an article about it back then and included his story in my book, “Prescribing Leadership in Healthcare.” He uses a lot of self-deprecating humor in his stories because it leads to high viral probability when posted on social media.

Here is the video from the event. Even if you only watch part the video, you will learn something about incorporating storytelling into your daily leadership practice.

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Storytelling With My Family

As we prepare for the launch of our Storytelling for Leaders Master Class, I’ve reflected on my life as a story gatherer and storyteller. I’ve loved writing and telling stories since I was young. Family interactions can be some of the most impactful stories to tell.

I heard stories from my great-grandparents as they told us about growing up on farms in Louisiana. I vividly remember my great-grandmother telling us about how they would get a chicken from the farm for dinner.

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Empower Your Storytelling With the ‘Right Stuff’

Leaders need to be good storytellers, but if their storytelling doesn’t have the ‘Right Stuff,’ it may not be as effective.

Watch the video to learn about delivering the:

  • Right Story, to the
  • Right Audience, at the
  • Right Time, with the
  • Right Message
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Leaving a Legacy

Category : Leadership

While watching the various stories about Kobe Bryant’s life, I realized that he was the prototypical athlete that the professional leadership development process (PLP) was based on. The PLP is based on how professional and Olympic athletes who, no matter how good they are, continue to work at their craft to continue improving. These athletes start with a high level of skills or abilities, but it’s their drive and determination that sets them apart from the rest. Kobe didn’t have to take 1,000 shots a day. He could have had a long, financially rewarding career just being an good NBA player, but that’s not what he wanted. He wanted to be the best, so that meant continuing to work as his game and keep improving throughout his career.

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“Free Your Mind,” Matrix Style With Great Stories

As we learned in “The Matrix”, perception is not always reality. That is also true to when it comes to leadership. Leaders are only as good as their people perceive them to be.

In our Professional Leadership Training programs, we address the perception versus reality dichotomy with a peer assessment. Participants are usually surprised to see that what they considered to be their leadership attributes were not what their peers thought, both positively and negatively.

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Recapping 2019 Achievements; Preparing for 2020 Goals

Category : General , Healthcare , Leadership

This has been a great year for us at the Healthcare Center of Excellence. Our distinctive approach to leadership development has enabled us to continue reaching people with our personalized, adaptable and measurable Professional Leadership Program. Here is a recap of some of our 2019 achievements, including:

  • We rebranded and launched our leadership training site to the Professional Leadership Academy. This site was a year in the making as we sought the right balance of look and feel versus functionality. Through this site, we were able to conduct several cohorts of our guided-study Professional Leadership Program Training, as well as several individuals in our self-study, self-paced training.
  • We began offering scholarships and subscription plans to help make the cost of our training programs more affordable.
  • The site also provided support for the 2-day onsite training course which we conducted at several organizations during the year. The Academy site provided one-stop access to the assessments and resource library utilized in the course to improve the overall training experience.
  • We completed a case study which detailed the use of our proprietary Leadership Impact Survey to measure and monitor leadership growth. This is the tool we now use in our Leadership Impact Assessment (see below).
  • We awarded the inaugural Professional Leadership IMPACT Award to Chris Van Gorder, President and CEO of Scripps Health in San Diego. This award is presented to the person who best exemplifies the principles of Professional Leadership through the impact they make in their daily practice of leadership. This award is for leaders who are making an impact in their organization, an impact in their industry and an impact in their community.
  • We signed an agreement with the Healthcare Financial Management Association(HFMA) to offer discounted leadership training to their 40,000 members. As part of this partnership, I provided the keynote presentation which kicked off the leadership track at their national conference and provide regular articles for their newsletter.
  • We began offering some of the components of our acclaimed Professional Leadership Program separately for people who want to try out the program before they make the full commitment. These include the Leadership Resources Library where we have curated some of the best online leadership articles, videos and podcasts online and Leadership Impact Assessment which we utilize in our training program to monitor and track leadership improvement. A course-only offering is coming in 2020 (see below).
  • Personally, I was selected as one of “68 African-American Leaders in Healthcare in 2019” by Becker’s Healthcare. This was the second year in a row I was included on the list. I was also interviewed for leadership podcasts by Becker’s and other organizations.

But we’re not done yet! We are looking forward to 2020 and have several goals in place to achieve, including:

  • Launching the Certificate of Professional Leadership Program which you can start the journey to earning by enrolling in Cohort 12 of our guided-study program which begins on 1/13/20. There are still a few spots left and always room in the self-study program.
  • We will be launching a series of leadership master classes. The initial roster of classes includes: Leadership Storytelling (launching 3/10/20), Reflection for Leaders and Social Leadership, with more to come later in the year. These classes are the result of feedback from previous program participants who desired a deeper dive into some of the leadership tools we covered in the class. Register early, as space in these classes are limited to provide the best interactive learning experience.
  • Nominations for 2020 Leadership IMPACT Award will begin in March. View the award criteria and begin thinking of who you would like to nominate as an impactful leader.
  • We will be conducting more leadership training with onsite classes throughout the year. If you would like a quote on a program for your organization, please submit a request.
  • My new book, “The Path to Professional Leadership,” will be published early in the second quarter. The book is a non-industry specific leadership book which will maintain much of the leadership concepts from my previous book, along with insights from new interviews with business executives, athletes and entertainers. The book is currently being used in our online leadership training programs.

We’re not done yet. Two years ago, when I asked Chris Van Gorder to write the Foreword for my book, “Prescribing Leadership in Healthcare,” I told him that writing the book wasn’t about the money, but about spreading my message about leadership. We won’t stop until we introduce more people to our personalized, adaptable and measurable approach to leadership development.

SPECIAL OFFER #1: To help get you started, we are offering the course-only portion of our popular self-study, self-paced Professional Leadership Program for only $245 and the course-only portion of our guided-study training for $336. These offers will last only until 1/12/20.

SPECIAL OFFER #2: Why spend your time scouring the internet for articles and insights on leadership when we have done that for you? Access our Leadership Resources Library for 6-months for only $90.


How We Measure & Monitor Leadership

Category : Leadership , Training

Many believe that leadership improvement is not something that can be measured quantifiably. We have all listened to presentations by leadership experts that expound on how well their leadership training works without any proof to substantiate their claims. When asked about how they know it works, the answers typically fall into 2 categories, “We can tell” or the dreaded, “We believe it worked.” Neither of these are acceptable to an organization or an individual that has spent their time and money for the training. With the right tool, a well-designed leadership training program can easily be quantifiably measured.

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Professional Leadership Academy Opening

Category : General , Leadership , Training

We are excited to announce the opening of our new Professional Leadership Academy. It is the culmination of 2 years of work since I developed the Professional Leadership Process™ for my book, Prescribing Leadership in Healthcare. Soon after publication, we began developing online and onsite courses based on this leadership development approach culminating in a results-focused, process-based, continuously-improving leadership program for aspiring and experienced leaders that is adaptable to almost any leadership situation.

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What Professional Leaders Do – Part 1 (Video)

Category : Healthcare , Leadership , Training

In this video I discuss what professional leaders do. This is the first in a series of 6 videos with this one covering assessing leadership abilities and situation. Watch the video and learn more about our professional leadership approach at leadingeveryday.com where you can also enroll in one of our online leadership training programs.

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