DOCTORS MUST LEAD.
Physicians have the technical expertise
and the comprehensive tacit knowledge
required to create an excellent
- PATTY FAHY MD
Founder of Fahy Consulting
Licensed to lead podcast
Join Licensed to Lead Podcast Host Patty Fahy, MD as she shares the evidence for why physicians must lead us out of our chronic healthcare system morass.
Offering the needed care and caring for patients is a deeply held value of healthcare professionals and employees at every level. In recent decades, the commoditization of physicians has created harm for physicians, their careers, and the medical profession. But importantly, all the stakeholders and the many interwoven pieces of the entire healthcare system have also been harmed.
During our current tumultuous time, the profound capability, credibility, and leadership of physicians have become obvious to all. The commitment of physicians, nurses, and their teams are on display around the world. More than ever, it is clear why physicians must lead in order to restore excellent patient care as the central focus of healthcare. It is time to place the financial tools and the business school mindset in the appropriate subordinate position.
Patty Fahy, MD, host of the Licensed to Lead Podcast, is an experienced speaker who will introduce original ideas on the subject of physician leadership, healthcare culture, and the neuroscience of leadership.
Buckle up for some novel ideas that get audiences thinking, laughing and participating.
The aim is singular: a superb organizational culture that gets results for patients and for the business. The methods?
- Customized physician leadership development programs
- Customized leadership team consulting to improve communication among leaders and create effective, aligned, cascading communication
Evidence abounds! The ROI is clear. Leaders and organizations benefit when certified and skilled coaches work with executives, physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Improve results and relationships to refresh skills or take on a new role.
MY BFO (BIG FAT OPINION)
BFO from a recent LICENSED TO LEAD Newsletter:
Do you want to change your work culture? Is there dreadful toxicity with the best of the best jumping ship and the bad guys winning? I have a mantra that captures three areas to invest your efforts:
Who we choose, who we choose to lead, and who we choose to leave.
Who we choose: Physician leaders must own the selection process. Otherwise you might end up in an “arranged marriage” that was arranged by people who have different interests than you (e.g., incentives to fill positions quickly). If your colleagues are vetted and hired by non-physicians then I echo Jordan Peele: GET OUT!
Who we choose to lead: This is the most important of the three—leaders, especially the CEO, create the culture. Do your decision makers understand “table stakes” leadership criteria such as providing clarity, treating people respectfully, and holding people accountable? Or have they been sold a “Talent Selection” framework with 400 competencies and bad math to calculate interview outcomes to the 100th decimal point?
Who we choose to leave: Who belongs here? Being clear about values and expectations from the get-go and holding people accountable is a catalytic mechanism. It not only signals, but more importantly, it helps create the new culture.
If you want more of that kind of stuff:
Recently, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by the wonderful physician advocate and coach Sandy Scott who hosts the High Impact Physician podcast. When she turns the microphone on me I provide almost every nugget I have about physician leadership and organizational culture (and even a few “life hacks”). Listen here: High Impact Physician
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"I’ve had plenty of experiences with leadership training in the past, but Patty and Lynn were the first instructors that helped me connect emotionally to the material. Through their instruction, I learned how to communicate in a way that both utilizes my strengths and recognizes the differences in the ways we listen. I feel like I have a much better framework to solve disputes and to engage my staff."
Brooks Moore, MD
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Grady Health System
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John C. McDonald, DO, FACOI
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Nabil Chehade, MD, MSBS
Senior Vice President Population Health
The MetroHealth System
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