Graduating Another Group of Physician Leaders

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November 6, 2015

The Cone Health Physician Leadership Academy today graduated its third cohort of physician leaders. Partnering with the Center for Creative Leadership, I have been privileged to be one of the two leadership trainers for this program over the last two cohorts.

“What we are hoping to do is help physicians better understand how to be engaging leaders,” says Amy Martinez, director of organizational development for Cone Health Medical Group, who oversees the program. Amy transitioned from CCL to Cone with the launch of the program. She reports that physician leadership programs are becoming more popular nationally. Part of that is that health care is becoming more collaborative, which means physicians need those skills that help them work efficiently and strategically within a group.

The program is designed to work within the schedules of busy physicians with three face-to-face sessions all day Friday and most of Saturday over a period of nine months. In addition to psychometric, personality, style and skills/competencies assessments, the physician participants work 1:1 with an executive coach and are part of an Action Learning team working on advancing a real health system challenge.

What is particularly valuable is that health systems leadership is evolving rapidly toward not precisely a physician-centric, but a physician-influenced environment. Physician input is becoming essential in designing our health services interfaces in the complex world of care delivery, financing and reimbursement. And physicians are not trained and generally not experienced in working in group processes. Medical school and residency training programs are simply designed around the expert model of knowledge acquisition and the imperative of making sound, often timely, clinical decisions. This is the world of the solo expert, though healthcare systems and the demands of knowledge management have been moving steadily toward a care-team model. Physician leadership development programs bring critical insights and help the physician participants grow in their ability to think and act systemically, as well as to improve their individual leadership impact.

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BE BETTER NOW – A Leadership Call to Action – Take a moment right now to put your thoughts into action

  1. What is ONE ASPECT of your professional life that might benefit from more or different attention in this subject area (enhancing the impact you make on others)?
  1. What is ONE THING you could do TODAY that would move you more deliberately in this direction? The Behavior or action I could take (verb); I will…
  1. HOW will you ensure you are developing – WITH WHOM can you share this goal or add to your brain trust to hold yourself accountable?
  1. MAKE a 10 minute calendar appointment right now to check in with yourself on this topic next week (better yet – for each following week). Keep it practical – write brief notes on two questions only:
  • What clear steps did I take last week for my own development?
  • What will I focus on executing next week?

Need some thought partner time? – Call/email at 336.918.8415 chris.evans@nullchristopherevans.org

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