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Opening Session: May 7-9, 2018

Monday, May 7

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Welcome Breakfast and Introductions

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

The Healthcare Landscape: Expectations Upended and Assumptions Challenged

The changed political landscape and emerging policies on both the federal and state level have significant implications for healthcare providers and care delivery. The basic conundrum in healthcare policy in the United States revolves around the word “cost.” On the payer side, constrained governmental budgets create pressure to reduce healthcare expenses while employers, burdened by double-digit increases in health costs, search for lower health insurance premiums. Consumers are experiencing premium increases and out-of-pocket expenses that are rising faster than wages and are looking for ways to reduce personal healthcare costs. Physicians and other providers, which depend on these payer expenditures as revenue, find themselves confronted with their own internal dilemmas. This opening session will frame these issues while looking at the current strategies in play for physicians, hospitals, and health systems.

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Defining the Challenges for the Physician Leader of the Future

The practice of medicine has evolved dramatically over the past two decades. New models of care delivery, a shift toward algorithmic bases for physician reimbursement, and an ever-increasing regulatory apparatus have changed the professional landscape for physicians in the United States. Physician leaders need to be able to navigate these complex environs while simultaneously mastering interpersonal strategies to advance superb patient care and meet organizational imperatives. This session will examine the leadership skills that facilitate high performance in physician groups and the driving forces that are imperiling the physician workforce and increasing burnout rates in the profession.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Politics and Pragmatism: Panel Discussion with Dr. Streck and Dr. Lancey

This session will give you the opportunity to discuss what you have learned from the two opening sessions, which sketched the political landscape and the challenges facing physicians who aspire to lead. The interactive format is designed to ensure that key ideas and questions within the group emerge so they can be incorporated in the subsequent sessions of the program.

2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

The Challenges of Leadership: Leveraging Your Strengths, Managing Your Weaknesses

People who lead from a position of strength are more engaged, motivated, committed, and productive. In short, leaders who identify and capitalize upon their own personal edge are more likely to reach their highest potential. This session will focus on personal growth and change using the Strengthsfinder® self-assessment. Faculty will offer a supplemental debrief of the instrument with case examples and leadership exercises.

4:30 - 5 p.m.

Building your Leadership Narrative—The Power of Authentic Leadership

Recognizing your strengths is only the first step; you also need to develop a systematic plan to use them effectively. Authentic leaders conceptualize this sort of plan as a narrative. In this session, faculty will introduce the power of value-based, authentic leadership and how to develop a personal narrative to put your strengths to work in the healthcare environment.

5:00 p.m.

Reception and Dinner

Tuesday, May 8

8:30 a.m. - Noon

Understanding Financial Concepts and Reports in an Era of Value-Based Purchasing and Risk

As value-based payment strategies supplant traditional fee-for-service payment, traditional volume-based parameters of success are replaced by new financial analytics, outcome measures, and variable degrees of risk for health systems and physicians. This session will explore the skill sets physician leaders need to successfully navigate emerging risk-based payment models. Familiarity with data analytics will be a requirement for effective management. While mastery of these issues will have major financial implications for organizations, financial statements remain the most visible and widely used means of assessing a company’s performance. This session will explore the use of financial statements to calculate financial and operating ratios, and how to use these metrics to assess how well the hospital is performing.

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Optimizing Physician Performance

Physicians hold a unique place in society, part independent artisan with specialized skills that are highly valued and uniquely priced, and part member of a complex delivery system. The healthcare delivery system depends on the skills and judgment of physicians; in turn, physicians are increasingly dependent upon the organizations in the delivery system to provide care. Physicians are confronted with new performance demands, increased clerical burdens largely related to electronic medical records, increased productivity requirements/expectations, complex reimbursement models, erosion of professionalism, excessive metrics and work hours, new forms of competition, expanding regulatory requirements, and changing consumer expectations. To be effective leaders, physicians need to understand the implications of this evolving patient-physician-organization interaction. This session will look at physicians’ priorities, the role of compensation, and the key strategies for effective leadership.

2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

The Challenges of Leadership: Leveraging Your Strengths, Managing Your Weaknesses (Part 2)

Wednesday, May 9

8:30 a.m. - Noon

Critical Thinking, Influence, and Persuasion

Succeeding in any leadership role requires you to think critically and make good decisions on behalf of organizational stakeholders, even in the face of challenges such as imperfect/incomplete information, changing and unforeseen circumstances, and, of course, human nature in all of its complexity and unpredictability. In this advanced session, the focus will be on how to construct a persuasive argument and how to approach a business problem systematically and thoroughly, producing a solution that is well-reasoned, likely to be well-received by ultimate decision makers, and able to be implemented with success. You will be introduced to, and then practice using, analytical frameworks that you can apply to any leadership challenge or opportunity—regardless of industry, company, or job function—to solve problems and communicate your proposed solutions effectively. We will conclude with a session on how to increase your overall level of persuasiveness so that when you pitch your well-reasoned solution, you are likelier to get a “yes.“

Noon - 12:15 p.m.

Wrap-up, Next Steps, and Departure

Closing Session: June 4-6, 2018

Monday, June 4

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Welcome Breakfast and Introductions

9:30 a.m. - Noon

Leadership Presence and Effective Communication (Part 1)

People with leadership presence convey an authoritative, decisive stance with confidence and credibility. It is a combination of several factors—part communication style, part appearance, and part “gravitas.” In this two-part session, faculty will use videos, cases, and live feedback to explore this important factor of leadership. You will also have an opportunity to receive feedback on your own personal leadership presence.

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Leadership Presence and Effective Communication (Part 2)

Tuesday, June 5

8:30 a.m. - Noon

Decision-Making Under Uncertainty

Physicians make critical decisions on a regular basis. Many are subject to intense time pressure and lack of complete information—and sometimes with conflicting information. Team settings can exacerbate these issues, as team members can disagree about a course of action and may have differing work styles, interests, or value systems. We will explore how different leadership and collaborative approaches can affect performance in situations characterized by time pressure, limited and unclear information, and the potential for cognitive biases.

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

The Power of Collaborative Leadership

Many people are ambivalent, if not disdainful, of those who seek to wield power and influence at work, but power and influence are key mechanisms by which things get done. A core component of getting things done is developing a strong professional network. Your network delivers unique advantages such as access to information, opportunities, and resources. Although leaders consistently receive messages about the benefits of a strong network, we rarely stop to consider what that means. In this advanced session, we will explore the critical role of your network in personal and organizational success. We will outline what characterizes a strong network, diagnose the network needs of your current or future position, and identify gaps between those needs and your current network. We will also discuss strategies for building a useful network that will help you accomplish tasks and develop career relationships and future opportunities that are vital for achieving your goals.

Wednesday, June 6

8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Enacting Your Authentic Leadership Narrative

A goal for the end of this program is for you to bring into focus the set of core values, principles, and strengths that make up where you thrive as a leader. Authentic leaders exemplify purpose, trust, and self-awareness. Being an authentic leader isn’t easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. We will focus on what it means to be an authentic, value-driven leader by highlighting the inconsistencies between your core values and your current commitments, and provide a starting point for shifting your commitments toward your authentic self.

11:30 a.m. - Noon

Wrap-up and Departure