Developing Collaborative Leadership in Healthcare

Detailed Outline for Two Sessions

Session One 

Day 1 Morning (8:00 am-12:00 pm)

  • Welcome; facilitators’ introductions; review of purpose and intended outcomes
  • Participants’ introductions and individual expectations
  • Suggested ground rules for the two sessions
  • Program overview (how we will spend our time together; mix of individual, team and group activities)
  • Questions: what does learning mean to you personally?
  • What are some key leadership qualities for healthcare today?
  • Review of key characteristics of learning organizations and corresponding shifts in leadership roles and competencies; introduction of vision-current reality-creative tension and of iceberg views of reality; types of structures (drawn from participants).
  • Current obstacles to learning and functioning as a team between physicians and administrators (in teams, followed by debrief) Continue reading

Challenges of American and European Companies

(Alain Gauthier’s Interview in NSI)

Western companies seem to go trough a restructuration every two or three years. Are there common characteristics among say, American and French companies?

Most Western companies are still organized in a hierarchical, vertical way, although a number of them have gradually delegated some decision making closer to the customer and the employees. In the face of economic downturn, market changes and increasing international competition, both large American and European companies tend to react by recentralizing and restructuring, i.e. weeding out less profitable activities and reducing overhead costs. The number of lay-offs are more spectacular in the U.S. than in France because workers are less protected by American laws, but the trend is the same. The emphasis has been put on productivity and return on material assets, considering people mainly as costs. And it is doubtful that much learning has accrued in the process: the next restructuring effort looks pretty much like the previous one and will likely produce the same type of outcome: further need for restructuration! Continue reading