Optimism

November 30, 2017

Anyone who’s tried instituting changes in a healthcare facility knows it is a daunting task to achieve significant improvements in a timely manner. Sustaining employees’ efforts long enough to get impressive results is rare. In large part this is due to the difficulties involved in overcoming people’s frustrations and discouragement when setbacks occur and mistakes […]

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Achieving Happiness 

November 27, 2017

Over the next few weeks you’re going to find yourself in front of some very tempting holiday treats. Undoubtedly your plan is to eat reasonably this year, but that’s always been your plan in the past. How well has that worked out for you?   If you’re like most people you can recall looking at delicious […]

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Is Your Passion Healthy or Destructive?

November 8, 2017

Passion is the source of our inspiration and motivation. Enhancing passion for doing excellent work empowers us to perform at the highest level. Maintaining passion enables us to invest significant amounts of time and energy engaging in a job that we love to do because we believe it’s important. Passion converts a profession into a […]

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Mindset Shifts PROPEL Performance

November 2, 2017

To achieve breakthrough results, leaders and providers need new ways of thinking to overcome the negativity that permeates their professional life. How negative has it become? Burn out rates are alarmingly high: 46% of physicians (WebMD, 2016) and 63% of nurses (Kronos, 2017). The consequences to patients are profound. Current estimates are that 15 million […]

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Are You Floundering or Flourishing?

October 27, 2017

Karen was working 65 hours a week managing an Intensive Care Unit. She was a dedicated leader who was committed to ensuring high quality patient care. Just the person you would want in that position, right? Actually, she was asked to resign. And she readily agreed. How did such a caring, hard-working person come to […]

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Is Positive Psychology Fluff or Financially Beneficial?

October 24, 2017

Some healthcare leaders dismiss teaching employees the principles of Positive Psychology as “fluff,” insisting that their focus must be on hardcore business results. However, the evidence shows that when staff create more positive engagement in their workplace, they also generate solid financial results. In hospitals, the cost of turnover on units has been carefully studied, […]

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Does Positivity Help Organizations Be More Successful?

October 20, 2017

On a really bad day, have you wondered what would happen if people had more positive attitudes?  Would your organization have significantly better outcomes? The results are in. Positive practices produce good outcomes in organizations by increasing productivity, quality, customer satisfaction, employee retention, and profitability. In Practicing Positive Leadership, Kim Cameron reveals research that supports […]

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A Seriously Dysfunctional Hospital Unit

October 18, 2017

“I’m miserable working in this lunatic asylum,” Jan blurted out. “I’ve never seen anything like what’s happening here, and nothing I do makes a bit of difference.” “Wow. Sounds bad. What’s going on?” I wanted to know. Jan recounted the story of the new nurse who had been threatened. “I have her resignation letter right […]

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Engagement – The Key to Improving Healthcare Performance

October 13, 2017

For decades, people interested in improving healthcare organizations have focused on putting problem employees into “performance improvement” plans.  The traditional approach has held leaders responsible for poor performing employees and provided remedial training in how to hold their employees accountable.  However, a quick review of the Gallup longitudinal data demonstrates that these approaches have not […]

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Six Skills Required to Improve Healthcare Teams

October 6, 2017

As we ask doctors and nurses to do more than they’ve ever done, and with sicker, more acute patients, the stage is set for mistakes, burnout, and turnover.  The cost is high: in dollars, time, and lives.  A fix is desperately needed. Research applying six principles from the science of optimal functioning – positive psychology […]

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