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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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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Why Do Some People Shine in Stressful Situations?

October 10, 2017

Everyone has seen individuals who quickly regain their wits in high-stress situations. Somehow, they set aside their negative emotions and think clearly about solving the problem.  In the midst of a bomb threat—or earthquake or train wreck or other extreme event—the brain of this type of person can conjure up actions that achieve the best […]

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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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How to PROPEL to Quality Healthcare: Six Steps to Improve Patient Care, Staff Engagement and the Bottom Line

October 3, 2017

Healthcare today is in crisis.  Administrators are under mounting pressure to make the numbers work to generate enough money to keep the doors open.  Nearly three out of four nurses report symptoms of stress and overwork due to long hours and mounting demands, with more than 50 percent of critical care nurses intending to leave […]

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The Key to Increasing Employee Engagement

August 25, 2017

Business success depends on highly motivated employees. But many organizations plod along with a low level of employee engagement. Workers who are under-engaged can be difficult to identify. The best term for an employee who is not engaged in their job is “clock watcher.” They show up on time, but are more focused on getting […]

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