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The Role of Adaptability in New Technology Adoption in Healthcare

Posted by  Bryan Warren

Does the traditional hospital, medical, and nursing culture stifle change?

It’s the age of smart phones and artificial intelligence. Data and technology are changing our world at an amazing pace. For those in healthcare, the pace of change probably feels difficult to manage, but, in reality, healthcare’s pace of technology adoption lags far behind other industries.


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#MeToo in Healthcare – A Broader Cultural Problem?

Posted by  Bryan Warren

We spend a lot of time talking to clients about culture. How can we create a:

But, what about a culture where people feel valued and safe?

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Study Finds Culture and Pride Matter Most to Healthcare Workers

Posted by  Bryan Warren

Some hospitals ask us to start our re-design of their hiring processes at the front-line. It’s logical. Front-line staff - nursing, nursing assistants, medical assistants, and patient care technicians spend more time with patients than anyone and drive the patient experience.


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How Do Leadership Skills Impact Employee Engagement Scores?

Posted by  Bryan Warren

One of my favorite things to do is our leadership “Impact Sessions.” A group of leaders take Select Assessment® for Healthcare Leaders (SAHL), which measures 18 specific leadership behavioral traits. Then we meet to identify:

  1. The biggest challenges facing their hospital/system

  2. The biggest barriers to success – with a specific focus on how:

    1. The group works together

    2. Various levels of the organization work together

    3. Individual and behavioral strengths and weaknesses manifest themselves


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How to Identify and Turn Around a Bad Healthcare Culture

Posted by  Bryan Warren

Our healthcare clients commonly bring us in to support any number of initiatives– reduce turnover, increase HCAHPS scores, reduce time to fill, or simply hire better performers. Frequently, we end up having a discussion about culture. Culture can be hard to define, but we take the position that your culture is nothing more than the collective behaviors of your workforce. What behaviors do you encourage and reward? What behaviors do you tolerate, or not?


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How to Measure Communication Skills in the Hiring Process

Posted by  Bryan Warren

I don’t know that many healthcare professionals would immediately consider communication as being at the very top of the list of traditionally valued skills, but maybe that’s changing. It might be changing because in today’s complex healthcare world, all of the more traditionally valued skills are useless if you can’t communicate effectively.


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Should Your Next CEO be an Outsider? Research Says Maybe.

Posted by  Bryan Warren

I met with a hospital’s senior team years ago to discuss physician integration strategies. The CEO was only on the job for a month and was still learning. I mean, he was REALLY still learning. He’d never run a hospital before. Actually, he’d never even WORKED in a hospital before. He had recently retired from the Air Force as a senior officer.

The hospital’s Board of Directors wanted to bring a fresh point of view and a unique mix of leadership skills. The CEO had not even been in the medical arm of the Air Force. As I recall, he’d run a large airbase, and the logic was that if he could lead an organization that large and that complex he could lead a single hospital.


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A History of Healthcare Talent Strategies and How Far We’ve Come

Posted by  Bryan Warren

I came to Select International seven years ago with a background in hospital operations/strategy consulting, and before that, I was an employment and healthcare law attorney. After joining Select, I learned a great deal about the human capital management industry. I’d worked with plenty of employers, including healthcare employers, but as an attorney you deal with issues that arise, not human capital “strategy.”


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Staffing a New Hospital - 7 Things You Need to Know

Posted by  Bryan Warren

In many industries, opening a new facility is relatively common. Manufacturing, distribution, and retail companies are familiar with the start-up process. Our team has a pretty well-oiled approach to building a high volume selection system for a new facility. It starts more than two years in advance and we know exactly how it will work.


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HR’s Role After a Hospital Merger 

Posted by  Bryan Warren

The Merger Wave

One (perhaps unintended) result of healthcare reform has been an explosion of hospital mergers.  In an effort to enhance care delivery efficiency and save costs, systems are merging.  The American Hospital Association reported 457 hospital mergers between 2010 and 2014.  In 2015, activity increased by 18% over 2014. 

Consolidation is a strategy used by an organization to achieve its goals – but is it effective?  Across all industries, despite high hopes by both parties, it’s not uncommon for neither to ultimately be thrilled with the outcome. By some estimates, more than 70% of mergers and acquisitions fail to achieve their strategic and financial objectives. 


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