Diane Watts: Three Degrees of Argument

America’s Healthcare Leaders founder and CEO Dan Nielsen recently interviewed Diane Watts, Strategic Communications Specialist and CEO of Watts Professional Development. We will be featuring video segments from her excellent interview in the coming weeks. Watts brings a unique and fresh perspective to the industry. Her expertise in understanding the psychology of reason and effective persuasive communications come as the result of her […]

Why Healthcare Needs Inspirational Leaders and How to become One

AHL founder and CEO Dan Nielsen was privileged to recently be interviewed and featured in an article by Becker’s Hospital Review, during which he speaks on the important topic and focus of his latest book, Be An Inspirational Leader: Engage, Inspire, Empower. In the article, written by Tamara Rosin, Nielsen shares three ways in which inspirational leaders promote engagement […]

Leaders: Walk the Talk

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December 15, 2016


While finishing the preparation for my upcoming book, Be an Inspirational Leader: Engage, Inspire, Empower, I’ve been reminded of the truth that words without action are useless. As American literary figure Ralph Waldo Emerson so eloquently stated, “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”

Don’t just learn what to say as a leader. Learn how to take action. Because when these two meet, true leadership is born.

Click here to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.

Focus on Your Strengths

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Healthcare Leadership
December 8, 2016


In scores of interviews I have conducted for America’s Healthcare Leaders over the years, I have had the opportunity to ask leaders what they consider to be their top leadership strengths.

True leadership calls for being aware of yourself while bringing out the best in your team. Know what you are good at and where you struggle, and surround yourself with a team that fills in the gaps. Then focus on and improve your strengths!

Click here to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.

Leadership: Leverage the Power of Habits

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Healthcare Leadership
December 1, 2016


I have long been a believer in the incredible power of habits, and firmly believe there’s nothing else in your life that will influence your success more than your habits. Whether by intentional choice or subconscious pattern, habits almost completely dictate your daily routine, and it is your daily routine that grows to become your life.

 

Therefore, it is absolutely critical that you pay attention to your habits and in a recent interview for America’s Healthcare Leaders, Joel Allison, retiring CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, discussed the habits he has formed that guide him through his days.

 

Click here to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.

Healthcare Leaders: Establish Clear Roles

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Healthcare Leadership by Dan Nielsen
November 17, 2016


Leaders are only as effective as the team they have gathered and empowered to work alongside them. I am constantly reminded of my own team and the valuable part each one of them plays in keeping our many projects going! In a recent interview with Mark Dixon, he discusses the importance of establishing clear roles. Mark Dixon described it this way in a recent interview on America’s Healthcare leaders: “Success equals clarity on authority, responsibility, and accountability.”

Click here to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.

Joel Allison: Follow Your Calling

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Healthcare Leadership by Dan Nielsen

November 10, 2016


America’s Healthcare Leaders recently began featuring segments of an exclusive interview with Joel Allison, retiring president & CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health.  Allison is one of dozens of senior healthcare executives who have offered their unique insights and advice to fellow healthcare leaders by being featured on the America’s Healthcare Leaders site.

Click here to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.

Healthcare Leaders: Learn from Other Industries

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Healthcare Leadership by Dan Nielsen
November 3, 2016


In a recent article, we took a look at 5 strategies for transforming healthcare from Dr. David Feinberg, CEO of Geisinger Health. His first principle was to “look outside of your industry for creative ideas,” a topic that Mark Dixon recently brought up as well in an exclusive America’s Healthcare Leaders interview, urging healthcare leaders to “get out and go learn from the best.” The article explores 3 benefits to looking outside your organization.

Click here to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.

Take Care of Your Team

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Healthcare Leadership by Dan Nielsen
October 20, 2016


I recently had the privilege to conduct a video interview with Mark Dixon, president of The Mark Dixon Group, LLC. Dixon has had extensive experience in the healthcare industry, and because of this offers valuable insight to those within healthcare leadership. During his interview, which is featured on America’s Healthcare Leaders, Dixon offers advice on a variety of issues. One particular topic stood out to me: the importance of taking care of your team.

Click here to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.

 

5 Strategies for Transforming Healthcare

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Healthcare Leadership by Dan Nielsen
October 12, 2016


An article featured on Forbes.com caught my attention recently discussing Dr. David Feinberg, CEO of Geisinger Health. The article, written by Carmine Gallo and titled, “5 Astonishingly Effective Ways This Healthcare Leader is Reinventing the Hospital Experience,” offers up valuable insight and advice to aspiring healthcare leaders across America.

Click here to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.

3 Tips to Conclude a Meeting More Effectively

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Healthcare Leadership by Dan Nielsen
October 6, 2016


It’s almost a guarantee that at some point in your work life you have attended or perhaps even led a less than productive meeting. Meetings, while a necessary function of almost any organization, are only as productive as the preparation that goes into them and the participants who attend them. In today’s article, you will leave with 3 actionable strategies to make meetings more effective.

Click here to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.

Focus on the Patient – Insights from 4 Senior Leaders

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Healthcare Leadership by Dan Nielsen
September 29, 2016


Healthcare is a remarkable field to be working in today. The healthcare field is rapidly evolving and with this comes the need for a distinct focus on the one thing that stays constant and true: the need to have an unrelenting focus on the importance of the patient.

Click here for some insights on this critical issue from four leading healthcare executives and to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.

Mark Solazzo on 4 Foundational Principles of Northwell Health’s Organizational Culture

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Healthcare Leadership by Dan Nielsen
September 15, 2016


In the nearly hour-long interview, which will be featured on America’s Healthcare Leaders later this year, Solazzo elaborates on 4 foundational principles and the part they play in the overall success of Northwell Health. Mark Solazzo and Michael Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health, attribute much, if not almost all of their success to their relentless, energetic, enthusiastic focus on these areas.

Click here to learn about these foundation principles and to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.

Confident Leadership

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Healthcare Leadership by Dan Nielsen
September 8, 2016


It is always a pleasant surprise when I come across something that has resounding implications for leadership. This last week I came across a bit of history that has encouraged a deeper belief in the fact that leadership, and the principles therein, is best expressed and most effective through action.

In today’s article, we take a look at a significant piece of architectural history and the implications this event has on leadership today.

Click here to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.

Communication – Not Just a Catchphrase

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Healthcare Leadership by Dan Nielsen
September 1, 2016


Have you cultivated a culture of communication? Do you communicate effectively as a leader?

These questions are vital to ask, and demand an honest self-evaluation. It’s really easy to say, “Yes, I am an effective communicator.” But would your staff and colleagues agree with you? Without effective communication, your leadership is compromised. Click below to learn why effective communication is absolutely necessary.

Click here to read the full Healthcare Leadership article featured on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting blog.